By the Numbers: TCU vs. LSU


    TCU opens the 2013 season against Louisiana State University at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington this Saturday.

    Here are 15 facts and figures about the game:

    .75: The winning percentage for head coach Gary Patterson in season openers (9-3). The Frogs won nine of the past 10 season openers, with the only loss coming against Baylor in 2011. Patterson has season opening wins against No. 7 Oklahoma in 2005 and No. 24 Oregon State in 2010.

    1: The number of times Gary Patterson has faced an SEC opponent as a head coach. The Frogs beat Vanderbilt 30-14 in 2003. Patterson is 14-10 overall against ranked opponents.

    2: The number of times TCU has played in AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) prior to Saturday. The Frogs beat Oregon State (2010) and Brigham Young University (2011) in their past appearances.

    2: The number of games TCU lost heading into this LSU game. Only three times in Patterson’s tenure have the Frogs lost three games in a row. TCU lost to Oklahoma and Michigan State at the close of the 2012 season.

    5: The number of TCU players who are Louisiana natives. Defensive tackles Chucky Hunter and Terrell Lathan and defensive end James McFarland graduated from West Monroe High. True freshmen safety Jermaine Antoine (Loreauville) and defensive tackle Tevin Lawson (Denham Springs) also come from Louisiana.

    5: The number of games in a row that LSU has won against TCU. LSU holds a 5-2-1 all-time series lead with six games taking place in Baton Rouge, La.

    8: The difference in preseason rankings for LSU and TCU. The Frogs are No. 20 in the AP poll while the Tigers are No. 12.

    9: The number of first place votes the Frogs received in the Big 12 preseason media poll. TCU finished third overall in the voting behind Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. The Cowboys finished with 15 first place votes out of a possible 43.

    10: The number of years since TCU faced an SEC opponent. In 2003, the Frogs beat a Jay Cutler-led Vanderbilt team 30-14 in Fort Worth. Cutler played quarterback for the Denver Broncos from 2006-2008 and is now with the Chicago Bears.

    28: The number of true and redshirted freshman TCU, LSU and North Carolina each played in 2012. TCU played 16 true freshmen, tying University of Texas for No. 1 in the country.

    42: The number of extra points placekicker Jaden Oberkrom made in 2012. Oberkrom is one of four Horned Frogs to make every extra point attempt in a season.

    44.51: The average yards per punt for punter Ethan Perry as a freshman. This average ranked No. 1 in a single season for the Frogs during Patterson’s coaching tenure.

    77: The number of years since TCU beat LSU. The Frogs won 3-2 in the 1936 Sugar Bowl to claim their first national championship. Both teams scored in the second quarter.

    3-0: TCU's record when the Frogs debut a new Nike uniform. TCU wore new jerseys against Utah (2009), Oregon State (2010) and Wisconsin (2011 Rose Bowl). The Frogs will break in yet another new uniform against LSU.

    1968: The last time TCU and LSU played. The Tigers beat the Frogs 10-7 in Baton Rouge, La.

    Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the last time TCU and LSU played.