2014 SCHEDULE Samford 14  TCU 48 Minnesota 7  TCU 30 TCU XX  SMU XX Oklahoma XX  TCU XX TCU XX  Baylor XX Oklahoma State XX  TCU XX Texas Tech XX  TCU XX TCU XX  West Virginia XX 11/8 K-STATE 11/15 @ Kansas 11/27 @ Texas 12/6 Iowa State

Samford 14 TCU 48
Minnesota 7 TCU 30
TCU 56 SMU 0
Oklahoma 33 TCU 37
TCU 58 Baylor 61
Oklahoma State 9 TCU 42
Texas Tech 27 TCU 82
TCU 31 West Virginia 30
11/8 K-STATE
11/15 @ Kansas
11/27 @ Texas
12/6 Iowa State

7-1 (4-1 Big 12)

Location:  Fort Worth, Texas
Enrollment:  9,725
Colors:  Purple and White
Stadium:  Amon G. Carter Stadium (45,000)
2013 Overall Record:  4-8 (2-7 Big 12 / t7th)
Postseason:  None
All time series: K-State leads 4-3
Last Meeting:  TCU 31  K-State 33 (11/16/13)
Current Streak: K-State won last 2 (2012, 13)
Twitter: @TCU_Athletics, @TCUFootball


Head Coach Gary Patterson

Head Coach Gary Patterson

Head Coach: Gary Patterson

  • Overall Record (Yrs): 127-45 (14th)
  • Record at School: Same
  • Record vs. K-State: 0-2
  • Salary: $3m/year

Where did TCU head coach Gary Patterson go to school? Oh, right, at K-State! A native Kansan, Patterson grew up in Rozel, started his college career at Dodge City Community College, and played linebacker for the Cats in the 1980 and ’81 seasons. He stayed on as a GA during the ’82 Independence Bowl season at K-State.

That experience was his only major conference coaching until TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012. When Patterson took over at TCU he was coming off a long career of assistant coaching spots in relatively small schools until he took over as defensive coordinator at TCU in 1998, and then was promoted to head coach in 2000 when Dennis Franchione left to take the job at Alabama. Before joining the Big 12 Gary Patterson led TCU to a Conference-USA championship in 2002 and 4 Mountain West titles. He led the 2011 team all the way to a Rose Bowl Victory over Wisconsin. His coaching highlights came in 2009 when he won multiple national coach of the year awards.

In 2008 it was reported that he had agreed on a deal to come to K-State as the head coach following the Ron Prince fiasco. Ultimately that didn’t happen, but it seems that K-State has manged to find some success with the guy they did hire.

In his spare time he plays the guitar. No really. You can catch him performing in the off season.

Junior QB Trevone Boykin

Junior QB Trevone Boykin

Horned Frog Offense

  • Passing Offense: 335.9 yds/game (6th in FBS)
  • Rushing Offense: 214.1 yds/game (33rd in FBS)
  • Scoring Offense: 48.0 points/game (2nd in FBS)

A whole new offense

If you can’t beat ’em, go out and get ’em. From the time TCU joined the Big 12, their defense has been up to par and able to hang with the big boys, but they just couldn’t get an offense that could move the ball and put up points on a consistent basis. TCU has solved that problem this season, and they did it by raiding the other schools in the conference adding Oklahoma State’s Doug Meacham (well, ok, he was at Houston for one year in between), and Texas Tech’s Sonny Cumbie. Together the pair has installed a hurry up spread offense, and instantly brought TCU’s offense not just up to par with the best in the Big 12, but putting up numbers among the top in the country.

Trevone Boykin can play now

No one has gained more from the new co-offensive coordinators more than Trevone Boykin. He’s clearly been a ridiculous athlete since setting foot on TCU’s campus, but he’s playing now as a successful quarterback who can play the position and not just rely on his athelticism. He throws the ball down field well, but short passes across the middle are his bread and butter. And in a world in which they call almost everyone a dual threat quarterback, he’s the pure definition of it. He runs the ball extremely well, and has a ton of speed.

That’s what speed do?

Speed, really, is the keyword for the entire offense (except maybe the ridiculously big offensive line). Their main running back, B.J. Catalon, is impossible to catch if he finds a big enough hole. And even faster is Kolby Listenbee. Along with Josh Doctson, they’re the two go to wide receivers for Boykin. Listenbee has sprinter quality speed and has a way of getting behind coverage before they even know he’s there. Catalon took a huge hit at the end of the West Virginia game, which could have been a concussion type situation. Patterson said today that he’s questionable, so their change up back,Aaron Green, could have a much bigger role on Saturday.

Senior CB Kevin White

Senior CB Kevin White

Horned Frog Defense

  • Passing defense: 229.9 yds/game (54th in FBS) 
  • Rushing defense: 140.1 yds/game (33rd in FBS)
  • Points against: 22.6 points/game (41st in FBS)

That’s what speed do.

Much like the ridiculously fast offense of TCU, this defense can blaze. It’s every bit of the hard hitting, fast moving, and totally dependable defense you’ve come to expect from Gary Patterson. They’ll mind their responsibilities, and they won’t make mistakes. They love to make other teams make mistakes, though. They’re +15 in turnovers on the season.

#25 Kevin White – CB

Kevin White is the star of this TCU defense. Tyler Lockett said after the Oklahoma State game that he often draws the other teams best coverage… well, expect to see Kevin White on Tyler all day long. And in spite of the incredible routes that he’s able to run, finding openings is going to be tough on Saturday.

The core of the LB corps

On top of a good defensive line, it’s tough for a running back to do much in the 2nd level against TCU’s linebackers. Led by seniors Paul Dawson and Marcus Mallet, they are great and getting up to stop the run, and both also do well when they drop back into coverage. As a matter of fact, it’s hard to pick points of weakness in this defense overall.

And then there’s this…

  • TCU’s best nonconference win was over Minnesota. Not only was it the first game that put TCU on the map this season, but it was Gary Patterson taking on his BFF, Jerry Kill. Kill was the best man in Patterson’s wedding.
  • One thing that has affected TCU’s defense this year has been the loss of Devonte Fields who was released from the team following a misdemeanor assault charge involving his girlfriend. He was the preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, but instead is spending his time on the juco level where he says he’s lost motivation and has been largely ineffective.
  • There is only one Kansan on the TCU roster, Brady Foltz, an offensive guard from Rose Hill.
  • Two of the first three kickoffs that West Virginia had against TCU on Saturday were pooch kicks that weren’t fielded correctly by TCU. One of the resulted in WV recovering the ball. Jack Cantele does a nice job kicking off pooch kicks. Look for K-State to try to take advantage of that confusion.

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