At a glance, the game may appear to be just another intra-conference game on the schedule for the Frogs. But the homecoming game always gives a different vibe for TCU, no matter the opponent.
It is a celebration for the TCU community: A time for current students, alumni and players to come together and enjoy something so dear to all of them — Horned Frog football.
For some fans, it may be their first TCU football game. For others, it may be their hundredth. But the sight of past, current and future Horned Frogs coming together is what makes the game so special.
For the team, the game also has a different meaning. It is a chance for players to showcase their talent in front of one the largest and most diverse crowds of the season. If the Frogs come out with their “A” game, the atmosphere can be electric.
The best part of all is that the Frogs have been dominant in the homecoming game in recent years. Of their last 11 homecoming games played, the team has won all but one.
In 2014, the then No. 12 TCU squad beat then No. 15 Oklahoma State, routing the Cowboys 42-9 in a top-20 matchup.
Blowouts like in 2014 have not been uncommon during the team’s stretch of homecoming success. In the 2011 homecoming game, the Frogs demolished New Mexico 69-0. The game in 2009 also featured a lopsided shut out with the Frogs defeating UNLV 41-0.
The one homecoming loss the Frogs suffered in the stretch came back in 2012 at the hands of some familiar foes from West Texas who nearly upset the Frogs last week: the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The game was anything but a blowout, going into triple overtime. However, the Red Raiders outlasted the Frogs 56-53 in the high scoring affair.
With Texas in town for this year’s homecoming, the Frogs have another chance to win in dominant fashion. The 1-3 Longhorns, plagued by untimely miscues and leadership instability, have not looked as strong as in past year.
The team can also take confidence in the fact it embarrassed the Longhorns in their own backyard last year on Thanksgiving night, crushing Texas 48-10 at Darrell K. Royal Stadium in Austin, Texas.
But at homecoming, nothing can be taken for granted. With emotions high on many levels as well as a No. 4 ranking for the Frogs, Texas has the incentive to give TCU its best shot on the playing field. As head coach Gary Patterson has preached all season long, it’s one game at a time.