OHIO STATE VS. TCU FOOTBALL NOTES
OHIO STATE SPORTS INFORMATION
FOR STARTERS • Ohio State ranks first in the Big Ten with 15 plays from scrimmage of 20 yards or more. • The Buckeyes have converted 21 of 29 third down attempts through two games for a nation-leading 72.1 conversion percentage. • Dwayne Haskins’ nine TD passes in the first two regular season games is the most in program history.
Saturday will be the seventh meeting between Ohio State and TCU in a series that dates back to 1937 (Ohio State leads, 4-1-1). The last meeting came in 1973, a 37-3 victory for the Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. All of the previous five games have been played in Columbus.
1937 ……………..Ohio State 14, TCU 0
1961 ……………..Ohio State 7, TCU 7
1957 ……………..TCU 18, Ohio State 14
1966 …………….Ohio State 14, TCU 7
1969 …………….Ohio State 69, TCU 0
1973 ……………..Ohio State 37, TCU 3
AGAINST THE BIG XII
Ohio State has a 19-6-1 all-time record against current members of the Big XII. The Buckeyes have faced West Virginia the most (six meetings) among Big XII schools.
OHIO STATE HEADS TO ARLINGTON FOR BATTLE WITH TCU • A pair of top-25 teams meet Saturday night in primetime, as No. 4 (Associated Press) Ohio State hits the road for the first time this season to take on No. 15 TCU at 8 p.m. inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. • The Buckeyes improved to 2-0 on the year last Saturday with a conference-opening 52-3 win over Rutgers. Ohio State was strong on both sides of the ball, totaling 579 yards of total offense while giving up just 134. • QB Dwayne Haskins has been impressive through his first two career starts, going 42 of 53 for 546 yards and nine touchdowns. Last week, he completed 20 of 23 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns in just over two quarters of action against Rutgers. His four touchdown passes went to four different receivers. • The Haskins-guided Buckeyes’ offense ranks second nationally with 650.0 yards per game and No. 2 in scoring offense, averaging 64.5 points/game. • Defensively, Nick Bosa leads the team with nine tackles and five tackles for-loss through the first two weeks. He’s recorded at least one sack in five consecutive games. • Other Buckeyes with multiple sacks thus far are DT Dre’Mont Jones (two for minus 16 yards) and DE Chase Young (two for minus 18 yards).
2: With last Saturday’s win over Rutgers, Ohio State became one of just two FBS programs to reach 900 all-time wins. The Buckeyes are 900-324-53 in their 129th season.
33: Since the start of the 2012 season, Ohio State owns 33 wins in road or neutral site games. Its .868 winning percentage in those games is the best mark nationally.
41: Saturday will be Ohio State’s record 41st game at a College GameDay site. The Buckeyes have a 26-14 “GameDay” record, with the most recent win last year vs. Penn State.
SCOUTING TCU • Like Ohio State, TCU has one of the nation’s top-scoring off enses, averaging 48.5 points through its fi rst two games. The Horned Frogs own a 55-7 win over Southern and defeated SMU, 42-12. • Quarterback Shawn Robinson has completed just over 62 percent of his passes thus far for 336 yards and four TDs. He’s also the team’s leading rusher with 112 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. • Two TCU running backs – Sewo Olonilua and Darius Anderson – have over 100 yards through two games. Anderson has carried the ball a team-high 17 times while Olonilua is just behind him with 16 attempts. • Senior Kavontae Turpin is TCU’s leading receiver (eight receptions, 111 yards, one TD) and is also a threat on special teams. He is averaging 20.7 yards on seven punt returns with one TD. Turpin was an honorable mention All-American last season as a kick and punt returner and is averaging 142.0 yards/game of all purpose yards this season. • LB Alex Dunham and LB Arixo Evans lead the defense with 10 tackles apiece thus far while DT Corey Bethley has a team-high three sacks and four tackles-for-loss. • Head coach Gary Patterson is in his 18th season at TCU and is the school’s all-time wins leader with 162. His Horned Frog teams have won 10 or more games 10 times since 2001. He’s 162-57 overall and 100-40 in conference play. During his tenure, Patterson has led TCU as a member of Conference USA, the Mountain West Conference and, most recently, the Big XII.
TCU SPORTS INFORMATION
ABOUT THE GAME
No. 15 TCU will travel 18 miles to AT&T Stadium in Arlington to face No. 4 Ohio State in the AdvoCare Showdown. Since 2005, TCU is 5-5 in its last 10 games versus top-five ranked opponents with only two of those contests at home. ESPN’s College GameDay will take place on the TCU campus Saturday morning. The Horned Frogs are 6-0 all-time when GameDay has been present, the most wins by any school without a loss in the show’s history. TCU is hosting GameDay for the second straight year and third time overall. TCU’s 44-17 record (.721) in road and neutral-site games since 2009 is the third-best mark nationally. TCU will play at AT&T Stadium for the fifth time in nine seasons. The Horned Frogs have opened with a 2-0 record for the 11th time in 18 seasons under head coach Gary Patterson. TCU is looking to go 3-0 for the 10th time with Patterson. The Horned Frogs’ honorary captains for Saturday will be TCU greats Jack Spikes and LaDainian Tomlinson. Spikes was an All-America fullback (1957-59) who scored a touchdown in TCU’s 18-14 win at Ohio State in 1957, while Tomlinson is in the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame. He serves on the TCU Board of Trustees. Patterson is the only active college football head coach to have coached a Pro Football Hall of Famer (Tomlinson) at his current school.
PATTERSON VERSUS THE BIG TEN TCU is 5-1 versus Big Ten opponents under Gary Patterson. The Horned Frogs’ most recent game against a Big Ten team was a 23-17 victory at Minnesota in the 2015 season opener. Among the Horned Frogs’ Big Ten victories under Patterson was a 21-19 decision over Wisconsin in the 2011 Rose Bowl to cap a 13-0 season. TCU has a home-and-home series with Purdue beginning next season in West Lafayette, Ind.
SERIES HISTORY TCU and Ohio State are meeting for the seventh time in their history and first time since 1973. The Buckeyes hold a 4-1-1 series edge with all six previous meetings being in Columbus. 4The Horned Frogs’ lone victory was an 18-14 decision in 1957. The first meeting between the schools was a 14-0 Ohio State win in 1937, the year before TCU won its second national championship in four years behind 1938 Heisman Trophy winner Davey O’Brien.
BACK IN AT&T STADIUM TCU will be playing at AT&T Stadium for the fifth time since 2010. The Horned Frogs are 2-2 at AT&T Stadium. Their most recent contest was last year’s Big 12 Championship Game versus Oklahoma. TCU defeated No. 24 Oregon State, 30-21, in the 2010 Cowboys Classic as well as posting a 38-28 win over BYU in 2011. TCU dropped a 37-27 decision to No. 12 LSU in the 2013 Cowboys Classic.
CONFERENCE RIVALS TCU and Ohio State are conference rivals in rifle. The Horned Frogs and Buckeyes compete in the Patriot Rifle Conference. Other member schools are Air Force, Alaska, Nevada and UTEP.
TCU NOTABLES TCU is one of just five programs nationally to finish in the top 10 of the final polls at least three times in the last four seasons. The others are Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma. Over the last four seasons, the Horned Frogs’ 42-13 overall record and 26-10 conference mark both rank second in the Big 12. Gary Patterson’s 18 seasons as TCU’s head coach are more than the combined tenures of the 11 other FBS head coaches in the state of Texas. Under Patterson, TCU has posted seven top-10 finishes and 11 in the top 25. The Horned Frogs have won at least 11 games in 10 of the last 15 seasons. Ten of TCU’s 12 regular-season games will be played in the state of Texas. The Horned Frogs will not leave the state until their first flight of the season Oct. 26 for a game at Kansas. The Horned Frogs’ 97 points equal their best output in the opening two games under Patterson. Shawn Robinson is the first TCU quarterback to win his first three starts since Jeff Ballard posted 11 straight victories from 2005-06. KaVontae Turpin’s 78-yard punt return for a touchdown against SMU made him TCU’s career leader in punt returns for a score (4) as well as special teams touchdowns (5). In their last three games, the Horned Frogs have had three different players return punts for touchdowns. Since 1996, TCU is the only FBS school to accomplish the feat.