Nov. 28, 2009
No. 4 TCU 51, New Mexico 10
*TCU clinched the outright Mountain West Conference championship. The Horned Frogs have their first conference title since 2005, their first season in the MWC. TCU has won or shared in 15 conference championships in its history.
*The Horned Frogs are 12-0 for the first time in their history. It’s the second 12-win season for TCU. The 1935 national championship team finished 12-1. The 2009 campaign marks the Horned Frogs’ first 12-win regular season.
*TCU has its first undefeated regular season since the 1938 national championship team went 10-0 before closing its campaign with an 11-0 record after a 15-7 win over Carnegie Tech in the Sugar Bowl. It’s the second undefeated and untied regular season in TCU history.
*The Horned Frogs’ seniors picked up their 42nd victory, making them the winningest class in TCU history. They are 42-9. The previous win record was 41 set by last year’s seniors.
*TCU extended its winning streak to 14 games, tying a school record set over 70 years ago. The 1937 team won its final three games before the 1938 squad went 11-0 en route to the national championship.
*The Horned Frogs won their 14th consecutive home game and improved to 56-6 in their last 62 home dates dating back to 1999.
*Today’s crowd of 41,738 enabled TCU to set a single-season total attendance and per-game record. This year’s total attendance of 229,121 for six games averaged to 38,187.
*The Horned Frogs’ 51 points gave them a new single-season school record for points scored with 488. TCU entered the game having tied the previous mark, set last year, with 437 points.
*With 430 yards of total offense, TCU now has 5,613 yards on the year to set a single-season school record. The previous mark was 5,581 in 2003.
*The Horned Frogs opened the game with a lead of at least 10-0 for the sixth time this season and 17th time in their last 25 games.
*TCU improved to 62-1 under head coach Gary Patterson when allowing 17 points or less.
*The Horned Frogs have scored at least 38 points in a school-record seven consecutive games.
*TCU topped 50 points for the third time in the last four games and the fourth time this season.
*TCU scored in its 215th consecutive game, the third-longest active streak in the nation and 13th all-time.
*TCU had five takeaways and now has 13 in the last four games.
*TCU was plus-3 in turnover margin today and is now 45-1 when ahead (32-1) or even (13-0) in that category the last five seasons.
*The Horned Frogs had a halftime lead (30-10) for the 11th time in 12 games this season.
*TCU recorded a safety for the first time since last year’s 54-7 win over Wyoming.
*Andy Dalton earned his 29th victory as TCU’s starting quarterback, tying him with Sam Baugh (29-7-2, .789, 1934-36) for the most in Horned Frog history. Dalton, only a junior, is 29-6 (.829).
*Dalton’s four scoring tosses give him 43 career touchdown passes, moving him past Baugh (40, 1934-36) into second on TCU’s career list. Max Knake is the Horned Frogs’ all-time leader with 49 (1992-95).
*Dalton passed for four touchdowns in a game for the second time in his career. He also threw for four scores in a 54-7 win over Wyoming last season.
*Dalton’s 228 passing yards gave him a new single-season high of 2,484, bettering his previous best of 2,459 as a redshirt freshman in 2007.
*Dalton went over 7,000 career yards passing today and is now at 7,185, just 186 shy of passing Knake (7,370, 1992-95) for the top spot in TCU history.
*Dalton’s 8-yard first-quarter scoring run was his third rushing touchdown of the season and 16th of his career.
*Antoine Hicks’ 62- and 20-yard second-quarter touchdown catches give him 10 touchdowns (six receiving, four rushing) on 28 touches this season. He has 19 receptions and nine rushing attempts.
*Hicks had his first career 100-yard receiving game with five catches for 123 yards.
*Hicks has three scoring receptions of at least 62 yards this season. He had back-to-back games with 75-yard touchdown grabs against BYU and UNLV.
*Jerry Hughes recorded a sack to give him 11 ½ on the season and 28 ½ in his career, moving him past Bo Schobel (28, 2000-03) into second place on TCU’s all-time list.
*Jimmy Young had two catches for 19 yards, giving him 111 career receptions and tying him with Quentily Harmon (2003-06) for ninth on TCU’s career list.
*Greg Burks had his second punt block of the season.
*Bart Johnson had four receptions for 48 yards, including 17- and 24-yard touchdown receptions for the first multi-score game of his career. He extended his team-best streak to 21 consecutive games with at least one catch.
*Daryl Washington and Rafael Priest returned fourth-quarter interceptions for touchdowns. Washington went 20 yards for a score with his third interception of the season. Priest’s first pick of the year was returned 47 yards for a touchdown.
*Washington had a team-best 11 tackles for his fourth double-digit effort of the season. He also went over 200 career tackles and is now at 210.
*Tank Carder had a career-high 10 stops, including four tackles for loss.
*Tejay Johnson had his third interception of the season on the final play of the first half.
*Jason Teague recorded his second interception of the year.