Sept. 22, 2008
TCU-Oklahoma Game Notes
No. 23 TCU (4-0) at No. 2 Oklahoma (3-0)
Norman, Okla. -- Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (82,112)
Saturday, Sept. 27 -- 6 p.m.
Television: FSN - National [Joel Meyers (PBP), Dave Lapham (color), Gary Reasons (field), Jim Knox (sideline)]
Radio: TCU/ISP Sports Network -- 103.3 ESPN; 88.7 KTCU; GoFrogs.com [Brian Estridge (PBP), John Denton (color), Jeff Williams (sideline)]
ABOUT THE GAME
*No. 23 TCU, 4-0 for the first time since 2003, travels to No. 2 Oklahoma.
*TCU is tied for the nation's third-longest current winning streak at seven games. The Frogs trail only BYU (14) and Georgia (11) while being tied with USC (seven).
*The Frogs have won their last two games in Norman. Both victories came in season openers. TCU won 20-7 in 1996 and 17-10 over the fifth-ranked Sooners in 2005.
*TCU's 2005 win in Norman is Oklahoma's only loss in its last 34 home games over the past six seasons. It is also one of just two defeats in 58 home contests overall for Bob Stoops in his 10-year career as the Sooners' head coach.
*Under head coach Gary Patterson, TCU is 4-4 against ranked teams.
*With the 17-10 win in 2005, Patterson is 1-0 as a head coach versus Oklahoma.
*With Oklahoma at No. 2, the Frogs have not faced an opponent that high in the polls since dropping a 45-10 decision at top-ranked Miami (Fla.) in 1992.
*Oklahoma will play at TCU in the 2012 campaign.
*Oklahoma holds a 6-4 series lead over TCU. The Frogs are 3-1 versus the Sooners in Norman and 1-4 in Fort Worth. The first game in the series took place in Oklahoma City in 1944 with the Sooners taking a 34-19 decision.
*TCU has won two of the last three meetings with 1996 and 2005 victories in Norman sandwiched around a 10-9 OU win in Fort Worth in 1998.
*Former Oklahoma quarterback Justin Fuente is in his second season as TCU's running backs coach.
*Fuente played two seasons (1996-97) with the Sooners. In 1996, he set an OU freshman record with 11 touchdown passes. He played his final two years at Murray State.
*In TCU's 20-7 win at Oklahoma in 1996, Fuente completed 6-of-16 passes for 88 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
*TCU snapper Clint Gresham was at Oklahoma for one season (2005) as a redshirt. He was in a Sooner uniform when TCU won in Norman in 2005.
*TCU cornerback Alex Ibiloye is the older brother of Oklahoma safety Joseph Ibiloye.
VERSUS THE BIG 12 AND BCS
*Dating back to 2005, TCU is 5-1 in its last six games against Big 12 opponents.
*The Frogs are 11-2 in their last 13 games against teams from conferences with automatic BCS bids.
*Since 2000, TCU's 12 wins over teams from conferences with automatic BCS bids are tied with Fresno State for second nationally. Only Utah (13) is ahead of the Frogs.
*Since Gary Patterson arrived at TCU as defensive coordinator in 1998, the Frogs are 15-7 versus teams from leagues with automatic BCS bids.
*Ten current Frogs saw action in the 2005 win at Oklahoma: wide receiver Walter Bryant, safety Steven Coleman, linebacker Robert Henson, safety Stephen Hodge, nose tackle Cody Moore, defensive end Matt Panfil, linebacker Jason Phillips, center Blake Schlueter, defensive tackle James Vess and tailback Justin Watts.
*Phillips is the only remaining Frog who was in the starting lineup for the game.
*Ben Angeley, who started at right guard, is a graduate assistant in the TCU football video office.
A LOOK BACK
*The 17-10 win at No. 5 Oklahoma in 2005 was TCU's first victory over an opponent ranked that high since a 6-0 decision over No. 1 Texas in 1961.
*The 2005 win over the No. 5 Sooners represents the highest-ranked team TCU has defeated in Gary Patterson's eight seasons as head coach. The previous best was a 37-22 victory over No. 17 Louisville in 2001.
*It was Oklahoma's first home-opening loss since a 20-7 defeat to TCU in 1996.
*TCU became the first team since Baylor in 1998 to shut out Oklahoma in the first half of a game.
*The attendance of 84,332 is the fourth-largest crowd to see the Frogs play.
*TCU has opened with a 4-0 record for the first time since 2003, when it won its first 10 contests.
*It's only the fourth time since 1955, and the 12th time in school history, the Frogs have been 4-0 to begin a season.
*TCU won its opening three games for the third time in the last six years. On the two previous occasions (2003, 2006), the Frogs went on to win 11 games.
*Prior to the 17-10 win at Oklahoma in 2005, TCU's Gary Patterson faced the Sooners twice as an assistant coach.
*In his first season as TCU's defensive coordinator (1998), Patterson saw the Frogs drop a 10-9 decision to Oklahoma in Fort Worth.
*Patterson's first year in the coaching ranks was 1982, when he was a graduate assistant at Kansas State. The Sooners defeated the Wildcats, 24-10, that season.
MAGIC NUMBER 17
*With Gary Patterson as head coach, TCU is 45-0 when allowing 17 points or less. Overall, the Frogs have won 60 consecutive games when holding the opponent to 17 or fewer points.
*The streak began after a 17-7 loss at Northwestern on Sept. 11, 1999.
*In outscoring its opponents 172-31, TCU has not trailed in its four games this season.
*The Frogs have opened their four games in 2008 with the following leads:
16-0 at New Mexico
28-0 vs. Stephen F. Austin
14-0 vs. Stanford
34-0 at SMU