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No. 17 TCU vs. Grambling State
Sept. 8, 2012
Final: No. 15 TCU 56, Grambling State 0
*TCU played its first game as a Big 12 member while also making its debut in the new Amon G. Carter Stadium after its $164 million rebuild.
*The Horned Frogs won their ninth consecutive game, the longest current streak in the nation.
*Tonight’s attendance of 45,112 gave TCU its ninth straight sellout and 11th in its last 15 games.
*Quarterbacks Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin combined for 17-of-17 passing, a record for most team attempts without an incompletion in an NCAA FBS game. The previous-best mark was Iowa going 12-of-12 against Northwestern on Nov. 9, 2002.
*TCU played 13 true freshmen, already the most in a single season under Gary Patterson. The previous record was six from last season. True freshmen playing tonight were tailback B.J. Catalon, offensive tackle Aviante Collins, tight end Griffin Gilbert, defensive end Devonte Fields, cornerback Deante’ Gray, linebacker A.J. Hilliard, center Joey Hunt, safety Derrick Kindred, wide receiver Kolby Listenbee, defensive end James McFarland, safety Jordan Moore, placekicker Jaden Oberkrom and offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai.
*TCU started two true freshmen (offensive tackle Aviante Collins and defensive end Devonte Fields), while Deante’ Gray, another true freshman, had a first-quarter 70-yard punt return for a touchdown.
*TCU recorded the 10th shutout in Gary Patterson’s 12 seasons as head coach. The Horned Frogs have had at least one shutout in each of the last four years.
*The 70 yards allowed by TCU marked the second-lowest total in the Gary Patterson era at TCU, surpassed only by the 60 yards surrendered to Northern Illinois in the 2006 Poinsettia Bowl.
*The Horned Frogs won their 11th straight home opener.
*TCU won at home for the 27th time in its last 28 games and improved to 57-7 under Gary Patterson at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
*The Horned Frogs improved to 78-2 when allowing 17 points or less under Gary Patterson.
*TCU moved to 61-1 over the last 62 games when rushing for at least 167 yards. The Horned Frogs totaled 255 yards rushing.
*Elisha Olabode’s 28-yard interception return for a touchdown marked the ninth score in TCU’s last 25 picks.
*TCU's 28-point first quarter marked its most in a single stanza since scoring 28 points in the second quarter against UNLV in last year’s regular-season finale.
*The Horned Frogs had first-quarter touchdowns via their offense, defense and special teams.
*Gary Patterson became TCU’s all-time winningest coach with his 110th victory, surpassing Dutch Meyer’s mark of 109 wins (1934-52). Patterson is now 110-30.
*True freshman Deante’ Gray set a TCU single-game record with 160 punt return yards on just five attempts. The previous mark of 146 yards on seven returns was set by Lindy Berry versus Miami in 1947.
*Gray returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown on his first collegiate touch. It came just 1:59 into the game and after a three-and-out on Grambling State’s opening series. Gray had the first punt return for a touchdown by a Horned Frog since Jeremy Kerley went 69 yards against Colorado State on Oct. 17, 2009.
*Nine of TCU's 22 starters made their first collegiate starts tonight: wide receiver LaDarius Brown, wide receiver Brandon Carter, offensive tackle Aviante Collins, offensive tackle Tayo Fabuluje, defensive end Devonte Fields, linebacker Joel Hasley, safety Elisha Olabode, defensive tackle Davion Pierson and wide receiver Cam White.
*Elisha Olabode’s 28-yard interception return for a touchdown was his first career pick and the first interception for a score by a Horned Frog since Kris Gardner's 16-yard return against UNLV on Dec. 3, 2011. It was the first pick for a touchdown by a TCU safety since Colin Jones went 30 yards at UNLV on Oct. 30, 2010.
*Casey Pachall was 9-for-9 for 201 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. He had scoring strikes of 21 yards to Brandon Carter and 12 and 66 yards to Josh Boyce. Pachall’s nine straight completions rank fifth on TCU’s single-game list.
*Boyce recorded his fifth career 100-yard receiving game with four first-half receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
*Boyce’s 66-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter tied Cory Rodgers (2003-05) and Mike Renfro (1974-77) for the TCU career record for touchdown receptions at 17.
*Boyce has at least one reception in 21 consecutive games.
*Boyce, David Bush and B.J. Catalon tied for team-best honors with four receptions. Bush and Catalon were making their collegiate debuts.
*Trevone Boykin's collegiate debut included a 34-yard touchdown run and a 7-yard scoring pass to David Bush. The reception by Bush marked his first collegiate touchdown.
*Boykin’s 34-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter was the first rushing score by a TCU quarterback since Matt Brown’s touchdown run in the 2011 regular-season finale against UNLV.
*True freshman Devonte Fields had a team-best three tackles for loss, including his first career sack.
*Defensive end Stansly Maponga and safety Sam Carter also had sacks.