TCU returns to action with New Mexico
Oct. 29, 2007
FORT WORTH--Following a 16-day break, TCU returns to action when it hosts New Mexico at Amon G. Carter Stadium Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on television by The Mtn.
The Horned Frogs also had a 16-day break last season and responded with an eight-game winning streak to close the campaign.
TCU has won two straight over New Mexico. The Lobos' last two victories over TCU came in the 1996 (27-7) and 1997 (40-10) seasons, when Frog head coach Gary Patterson was New Mexico's defensive coordinator.
In 2005, the last meeting in Fort Worth, the Frogs had a 28-point first quarter to take a 28-0 lead. The Lobos eventually tied the game before TCU scored the final 21 points for a 49-28 victory. The Frogs forced six New Mexico turnovers.
Last year, TCU built a 24-0 halftime lead en route to a 27-21 win in Albuquerque. The Lobos closed within 24-21 with 13:45 to play. Trailing 27-21, New Mexico drove to the TCU 17 in the final minute before a Brian Bonner interception sealed the Frogs' victory. Tommy Blake gave TCU a 7-0 lead on the second play of the game when he returned a fumble 12 yards for a touchdown.
NEW MEXICO TIES
Prior to coming to TCU as defensive coordinator in 1998, Patterson served as New Mexico's defensive coordinator for two seasons (1996-97).
TCU wide receivers coach Jarrett Anderson is a 1993 New Mexico graduate who played two seasons for the Lobos (1992-93). He was a New Mexico graduate assistant in 1994.
Frogs' safeties coach Chad Glasgow was a Lobo graduate assistant coach in 1996.
TCU offensive coordinator Mike Schultz spent six seasons (1992-97) as an assistant head coach at New Mexico. He was the secondary coach from 1992-95 before taking over the running backs in the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
Patterson and Schultz were on the staff of the 1997 New Mexico team which made its first postseason appearance in 36 years when it faced Arizona in the Insight.com Bowl.
Since beginning Mountain West Conference play in 2005, the Frogs have won both games with the Lobos.
TCU and New Mexico met for four consecutive seasons from 1991-94 with the Frogs prevailing in three of those contests. The Lobos won both games when the teams met as Western Athletic Conference rivals in the 1996-97 campaigns.
TCU is 3-1 versus the Lobos in Fort Worth and 2-2 in Albuquerque.