In an important intra-state rivalry game, the TCU Horned Frogs visits the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Battle for the Saddle Trophy. Both teams are 2-3 in Big 12 play and need to win two of their remaining three games to qualify for a bowl game.
After a long hiatus, this is the third straight year that the trophy will be handed out to the winner. Each team has held the trophy with the Red Raiders being the current holder as a result of their 17-14 win last year. TTU leads the all-time series 33-26-3 which includes posting an 18-7-3 record at home.
TCU road weary?TCU is on the road for the third time in the past five weeks and for the fourth occasion over the past seven contests. TCU still has to go to Oklahoma next week before finishing at home against West Virginia. The Horned Frogs, who are coming off a 29-23 triple-overtime loss home loss to Baylor, have lost their last three contests away from home. TCU is 1-3 on the road, where they have been outscored 120-102.
Freshman dual-threat quarterback Max Duggan has been up-and-down this year, although he showed some grit and toughness in the loss to Baylor. Duggan, who fought through an injury on the middle finger of his throwing hand, completed 43.8% of his passes for 140 yards along with one touchdown and three interceptions against the Bears. Sewo Olonilua surpassed the 1,500 rushing mark for his career against Baylor for he racked up 79 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was Olonilua’s team-high seventh of the season.6-4 sophomore tight end Pro Wells has been more involved in the offense the past two games reeling in eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.
TCU’s No. 1 ranked Big 12 defense was once again excellent against Baylor as the Horned Frogs limited the Bears to just 294 total yards of total offense while recording three sacks. Ben Wilson and Garrett Wallow led the way with 11 tackles apiece. Wallow has now recorded double-digit tackles for a second straight game and the fifth time this season. Meanwhile, Wilson has recorded 15 of his 18 tackles over the last two games. Ochaun Mathis also had a big day as he posted the first multi-sack game of his career and had a career-best 2.5 tackles for losses.
Texas Tech aiming for first winning streak since beginningTexas Tech snapped a three-game losing streak with its 38-17 victory over West Virginia last week. The Red Raiders struck early and often in the game. The Red Raiders, aided by two Mountaineer turnovers, scored on their first five offensive possessions and took a 35-14 halftime lead. TTU forced four turnovers in the game, with three coming on interceptions.
Quarterback Jett Duffey continued his recent stretch of strong play, completing 24 of 34 passes for 354 yards and a touchdown for the game. Sophomore Ta'Zhawn Henry made the most out of his season-high opportunities against WVU as he produced a season-high 151 total yards and two touchdowns, including 95 yards from scrimmage. Henry, who serves as the Red Raiders' primary main kick returner, rushed for 67 yards on 22 carries and caught four passes for 28 yards. Both of his touchdowns came via red zone runs. Meanwhile, leading rusher SaRoderick Thompson was held to a season-low 27 rushing yards on 11 carries but he still reached the end zone twice.
Sophomore wide receiver Dalton Rigdon hauled in three passes for a career-high 107 yards versus WVU, including an 81-yard catch and run touchdown. Texas Tech is 3-1 at home this season, outscoring its opponents 152-88 there. Leading receiver T.J. Vasher missed the game against WVU as he served a one-game suspension while Thompson suffered an ankle injury during the game. Both players are listed as questionable for this week's game.
The following trends are courtesy of Covers.com:
- Horned Frogs are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- Horned Frogs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Horned Frogs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in November.
- Horned Frogs are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss.
- Horned Frogs are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Horned Frogs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
- Horned Frogs are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Horned Frogs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Horned Frogs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
- Horned Frogs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
- Horned Frogs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Texas Tech.
- Red Raiders are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games.
- Red Raiders are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf.
- Red Raiders are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Red Raiders are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
- Red Raiders are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Underdog is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.