Sept. 7, 2009
TCU-Virginia Game Notes
No. 17 TCU (0-0) at Virginia (0-1)
Charlottesville, Va. -- Scott Stadium (61,500)
Saturday, Sept. 12 -- 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Television: ESPNU [Todd Harris (PBP), Charles Arbuckle (color)]
Radio: TCU/ISP Sports Network -- 103.3 ESPN, 88.7 KTCU, 1070 AM KNTH (Houston), GoFrogs.com (Yahoo) [Brian Estridge (PBP), John Denton (color), Jeff Williams (sideline)]
ABOUT THE GAME
*After being one of only two teams (Florida International) in the nation to not play on the opening weekend, No. 17 TCU makes its 2009 season debut when it travels to Virginia.
*The Horned Frogs are facing their first ACC opponent since a 31-10 loss to North Carolina in 1997, the year before TCU head coach Gary Patterson arrived on campus as defensive coordinator.
*Two of TCU's opening three games are against ACC competition. The Frogs travel to Clemson on Sept. 26.
*TCU is 11-3 in its last 14 games against teams from leagues with automatic BCS bids, including a 5-2 mark versus Big 12 opponents the last four seasons.
*The Sept. 12 date marks the latest TCU has opened a season since 1986, when it posted a 48-31 win at Tulane on Sept. 13.
*The Virginia contest begins a stretch that will see TCU play its regular season over 12 consecutive Saturdays.
*TCU is opening on the road for the seventh time in nine seasons under head coach Gary Patterson.
*The Frogs have won their last six season openers. It's the first time TCU has won six straight season openers since 1940-45. The school record for consecutive wins in season openers is 17 (1920-36).
*TCU is 6-2 in season debuts under head coach Gary Patterson. Overall, the Frogs are 66-37-9 in openers with a 27-24-4 mark in road games.
*The Frogs have a four-game winning streak in road season openers, posting victories at Tulane (38-35, 2003), Oklahoma (17-10, 2005), Baylor (17-7, 2006) and New Mexico (26-3, 2008).
*TCU has not allowed a touchdown in its last two season openers and has surrendered just two touchdowns and a total of 20 points in its past four openers (Oklahoma 10, 2005; Baylor 7, 2006; Baylor 0, 2007; New Mexico 3, 2008).
*TCU and Virginia are meeting for just the second time in their history.
*The only previous game was a 20-10 Cavalier victory in the 1994 Independence Bowl.
*The lone Frog to have been a part of that game was tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Dan Sharp. He was the TCU tight ends coach in 1994 under former head coach Pat Sullivan.
*The next meeting between TCU and Virginia will take place during the 2012 campaign when the Cavaliers come to Fort Worth.
*A Frog victory would be the 74th for Gary Patterson at TCU, enabling him to tie Abe Martin (74-64-7, 1953-66) for second place on TCU's career win list. Dutch Meyer, coach of the Frogs' 1935 and 1938 national championship teams, is TCU's all-time winningest coach with a mark of 109-79-13 (1934-52).
*The Virginia game will be Patterson's 101st as head coach of the Frogs. The dean of Mountain West Conference coaches is 73-27 (.730) in eight seasons. His 100th contest on the TCU sideline was a 17-16 win over Boise State in the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl.