With both schools coming off huge upset victories last weekend, Oklahoma State and TCU are set to square-off in Stillwater Saturday afternoon. Here are 10 things you’ll want to know about the Cowboys and Horned Frogs.
1. Not Going To Be Intimidated
TCU’s 40 road wins since 2009 rank in a tie for third nationally. The Horned Frogs are 40-17 (.702) in that stretch. TCU is 18-16 on the road in its Big 12 history.
Ten of TCU’s last 22 Big 12 road games have been decided by seven points or less. The Horned Frogs are 6-4 in those games. Since beginning Big 12 play in 2012, TCU is 9-7 in conference road games decided by seven points or less.
2. The Series
Saturday will marks the 30th meeting between Oklahoma State and TCU, in a series that dates back to 1915. OSU owns a 15-12-2 all-time series advantage, including a 9-4 advantage in games played in Stillwater.
The Cowboys have won five of the past eight in the series, including four of the past five played in Stillwater, but the Horned Frogs have won the last two meetings.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is 4-3 in his career against TCU, while TCU coach Gary Patterson is 3-4 in his career against OSU.
3. They May Wear Purple But Orange Is In Their Blood
TCU defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Chad Glasgow was a three-year letterman (1991- 93) at linebacker for Oklahoma State. He was also a graduate assistant (1994-95) under former head coach Bob Simmons.
TCU co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Curtis Luper played at Oklahoma State (1984- 87) before returning to Stillwater as a Cowboys’ assistant coach (2005-08).
4. Notable Keys For The Cowboys
Since 2005, when the Cowboys win the turnover battle, they are 68-9 (88.3 pct.). They are 35-2 (94.6 pct.) in games when they commit zero turnovers.
OSU is also 96-24 under Mike Gundy when out-rushing the opponent (80.0 pct.) and is 40-5 when holding the opponent under 100 yards on the ground (88.9 pct.).
5. Keeping Good Company And Owning The Lone Star State
Over the last six seasons, TCU (51-22, 32-17) has the Big 12’s second-best overall and conference records.
TCU is one of just six programs nationally to finish in the top 10 of the final polls at least three times (2014, 2015, 2017) in the last five seasons. The others are Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
TCU has five 11-win seasons this decade, equaling the combined number of the 11 other FBS programs in the state of Texas.
6. The Dark Horse
Chuba Hubbard’s performance this season has put him in the Heisman Trophy conversation. He leads the nation in nearly every statistical rushing category, including rushing yards, rushing yards per game, all-purpose yards, yards after contact (via Pro Football Focus), yards per carry (min. 155) and rushing plays of at least 20, 30, 40, 50, 70 and 80 yards.
Hubbard’s 172.6 rushing yards per game is 33.8 more than second-place J.K. Dobbins of Ohio State. Hubbard’s rushing yards and yards per carry through eight games are better than three of the past four running backs to win the Heisman.
7. Keep An Eye On This Kid
TCU freshman quarterback Max Duggan had career-best totals of 19 completions (27 attempts) and 273 yards passing in last week’s 37-27 win over Texas. He also threw for two touchdowns and led TCU in rushing for the second straight game with 72 yards on 13 carries, including an 11-yard touchdown with 1:59 to play for the Horned Frogs’ final points.
Duggan is the first TCU quarterback to lead the team in rushing in consecutive games since Kenny Hill in the 2017 Big 12 Championship Game and Alamo Bowl. He also became the first TCU quarterback to throw for at least 250 yards and multiple scores and rush for at least 70 yards and a touchdown in the same game since Trevone Boykin did so in 2015 against West Virginia.
Duggan has thrown for 1,147 yards, the first true freshman to top 1,000 yards in a season in the Gary Patterson head coaching era and first at TCU since 1999 (Casey Printers, 1,213).
8. Now That’s Elite!
Oklahoma State receiver Tylan Wallace leads all Power Five conference players with 903 receiving yards this season, and he ranks No. 1 in the FBS in 60-plus, 70-plus and 90-plus yard catches. He is the only player in the FBS with more than 2,000 total receiving yards since the beginning of last season.
9. Back On Track
After struggling on the offensive side of the ball in 2018, the Horned Frogs have found their groove once again.
TCU has scored at least 34 points in five of seven games, to open the season, for the first time since 2015.
The 440.6 total yards of offense per game are the most for TCU since 2016 (463.2).
10. On A Different Level Though
The Cowboys are second in the Big 12 and ninth in the FBS in total offense (505.1 yards per game) and lead the nation with 15 offensive plays of 50 yards or longer.
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