GAME 1: at Colorado Buffaloes
Date: Friday, Sept. 2, 2022
Time: 9 p.m. CT
Location: Boulder, Colo.
Venue: Folsom Field (50,183)
Series Record: First Meeting
Talent: Brian Custer, Dustin Fox, Taylor McGregor
Radio: WBAP 820 AM, Sirius XM 81, SXM App 81
Talent: Brian Estridge, John Denton, Landry Burdine
Spanish Radio: Zona MX 99.1 FM
Talent: Miguel Cruz, Elvis Gallegos
ABOUT THE GAME
- TCU will make its debut under Head Coach Sonny Dykes when it opens the 2022 campaign on Friday, Sept. 2, at Colorado.
- The Horned Frogs and Buffaloes will be meeting for the first time on the gridiron. The home-and-home series will continue one year to the day, Sept. 2, in the 2023 season opener at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.
- TCU opens its season on a Friday for the first time since 2011, a 50-48 loss at Baylor. The following week marked the last time the Horned Frogs played in the state of Colorado, posting a 35-19 victory at Air Force (Sept. 10, 2011).
- The Horned Frogs have won their last seven games against Pac-12 opponents.
- TCU is 76-40-9 in season openers in its history, having won seven of their last eight and 16 of the past 19.
- TCU was seventh in the Big 12 preseason poll. The last time it was picked seventh was 2014, when it won the Big 12 championship.
- TCU’s Sonny Dykes is 1-1 against Colorado as a head coach with both games coming when he was at Cal. His 2014 team won 59-56 against the Buffs, while dropping a 41-24 contest in Boulder in 2013.
MEET THE NEW BOSS
- Sonny Dykes is in his first season as head coach of the Horned Frogs, but second overall at TCU.
- Dykes was an offensive analyst on the 2017 TCU team that posted an 11-3 record, played in the Big 12 Championship Game and finished the season with a No. 9 national ranking, its last top-10 appearance.
- Dykes was head coach at SMU the past four seasons (2018-21). He led the Mustangs to three consecutive winning seasons for the first time since the mid-1980s and their first back-to-back wins over TCU since 1992-93.
- Dykes also served as head football coach at Cal (2013-16) and Louisiana Tech (2010-12).
- He is the son of legendary Texas Tech Head Football Coach Spike Dykes. Spike coached the Red Raiders from 1986-99.
- Sonny Dykes lettered two seasons in baseball at Texas Tech.
- TCU safety Mark Perry is in his first season as a Horned Frog after playing the last three years at Colorado. He had a team-best three interceptions for the Buffs last season while placing third on the team with 72 tackles.
- Colorado Defensive Quality Control Specialist Michael Downing was a three-year letterman (2015-17) at safety for TCU. He then served four seasons (2018-21) as a defensive graduate assistant for the Horned Frogs.
THE RARE ROAD TRIP
- TCU’s trip to Colorado marks just one of three times this season it will leave the state of Texas as well as travel via plane to a road game.
- Nine of TCU’s remaining 11 contests are in Texas with the lone exceptions being trips to Kansas (Oct. 8) and West Virginia (Oct. 29).
- TCU’s 2022 signing class was ranked third in the Big 12 by 247Sports in per player rating.
- The Horned Frogs were 13th nationally in the 247Sports transfer rankings.
- TCU had the Big 12’s third-rated and nation’s No. 28 overall class for signees and transfers. It was exceptional for the limited time frame available with Head Coach Sonny Dykes arriving on Nov. 30.
- TCU cornerback Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson and wide receiver Quentin Johnston have been named to multiple Preseason All-America Teams.
- Despite teams consistently throwing away from him last season, Hodges-Tomlinson led TCU with two interceptions, seven pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
- Johnston ranks first in Big 12 history with a 20.4 yards per catch average for a player in his first two seasons. He also ranks eighth nationally since 1996 for the first two years of a career.
- Running back Kendre Miller ranks No. 1 nationally among active Power 5 conference players with his 7.4 career yards per carry average. His 7.5 per carry mark in 2021 ranked fourth for a season at TCU. He has two of the top-six season averages in program history in his first two years.
- Since it began Big 12 play in 2012, TCU has had over $400 million in donor-funded athletics facilities upgrades. The most recent project was the $113 million Legends Club & Suites which opened in Fall 2020 on the east side of Amon G. Carter Stadium.