More than 400 TCU lettermen from every decade since the 1930s will be in attendance when the Frogs attempt to defend Amon G. Carter Stadium as it is known one last time Saturday, head football coach Gary Patterson said.
TCU will take on the San Diego State University Aztecs, who are bowl eligible for the first time since 1998. The Aztecs have only lost two games this season, both by just three points. They are currently positioned just outside the Top 25.
Freshman Aztec running back Ronnie Hillman has rushed for over 1,000 yards this season, just the third player in SDSU history to do so.
The Aztecs are coming off a 24-19 victory over Colorado State, and second-year SDSU head coach Brady Hoke can still lead his team to a share of the conference title if they can upset the Frogs.
Patterson said SDSU has both talent and a good defense.
“They have two wide receivers, a tight end and a running back who are as good as anybody in the league,” Patterson said. “Their quarterback has really matured. They’re a team that has won a lot of football games.”
Patterson also said he has his team focused on a MWC championship, but for the Frogs, a conference title may be just the base of the mountain.
They are in prime position to reach a BCS bowl if they can win their last two games, and even have a shot at the BCS National Championship game.
The Frogs are coming off a 47-7 win against No. 5 Utah. With the exception of one touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, the Utes couldn’t do much against the nation’s best defense. They turned the ball over four times and were held to under 200 yards of total offense for the first time this season.
Against the Utes, senior quarterback Andy Dalton passed for a career-high 355 yards and three touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Jeremy Kerley also threw a touchdown out of the “WildFrog” formation, which is usually used to run the ball.
Dalton’s big game moved him into second place all-time in total offense in MWC history. He is currently 249 yards shy of former BYU quarterback Max Hall’s record.
The game was just the second time in history that a Top-5 BCS team beat another by 40 points or more. It was also Utah’s worst home loss since 1989.
A week after playing in front of a noisy crowd at Utah, Patterson said he hopes TCU fans can be loud when SDSU comes to Fort Worth.
“I want it to be so loud that they have to go silent count for the whole four quarters in [Amon G. Carter Stadium],” Patterson said. “That is a goal of mine to have the crowd be involved, and they have to take timeouts because they can’t hear their signals.”
No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs vs. San Diego State Aztecs
Kickoff: 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium
Radio: WBAP 820 AM and 96.7 FM, 88.7 FM