Overall Record: 10-2
National Ranking: 11th in BCS, 11th in AP, 11th in
Conference Record: 7-1 (2nd in Mountain West)
Head Coach: Gary Patterson (72-27 Overall Record, 8th Season)
Non-Conference Record over FBS Teams: 2-1 (W vs. Stanford; W at SMU; L at
Record vs. Current Top 25 Teams: 1-2 (35-10 L at
Record vs. Bowl Eligible Teams: 3-2 (L at
Season Review: One of the most successful, yet underrated programs in the country, TCU put together its fifth 10-win season in the past 7 years in 2008. After starting the season outside the Top 25, the Horned Frogs moved into the Top 25 in mid-September, climbing as high as 11th in the country prior to the Mountain West title showdown against
Key Players: DE Jerry Hughes (MWC Defensive Player of the Year); QB Andy Dalton (Honorable Mention All-MWC); LB Robert Henson (First Team All-MWC); LB Jason Phillips (First Team All-MWC); S Stephen Hodge (First Team All-MWC); C Blake Schlueter (First Team All-MWC); RET Jeremy Kerley (First Team All-MWC); NT Cody Moore (Second Team All-MWC); CB Rafael Priest (Second Team All-MWC); WR Jimmy Young (Honorable Mention All-MWC).
Horned Frogs Offense: TCU ranked 3rd in the Mountain West Conference and 20th nationally, averaging 35.0 points per game. Quarterback Andy Dalton leads a balanced offensive attack, that averages 201 yards passing and 216 yards rushing.
Horned Frogs Defense: Fast and stingy. Two of the best words to describe a TCU defense, that is one of the best in the country. The Horned Frogs allowed 10 points or less in 8 of 12 regular season games, leading to a season long defensive scoring average of just 10.9 points per game to rank second nationally to USC. Eight of TCU’s 11 starters were named first or second team All-Mountain West Conference. All told, the incredible defensive season by TCU included leading the nation in rush defense (48.7 yards per game), second nationally in total defense (215.1 yards per game), second nationally in sacks (41) and fourth in pass efficiency defense. Defensive end Jerry Hughes is perhaps the best football player in the country, that few have heard of. He is the first defensive player in Mountain West Conference history to be named first of second team four straight seasons. The 6-2, 248 pound Hughes leads the nation with 14 sacks and six forced fumbles. A fast Horned Frog linebacking corp includes first team all-conference selections Robert Henson and Jason Phillips. The duo has combined for 152 tackles and 21 tackles for loss. Safety Steven Coleman leads the Horned Frog secondary with three interceptions. TCU’s defense has allowed just 16 touchdown’s all season, 8 via the ground and 8 through the air.
Horned Frogs Special Teams: Two of the top return men in the Mountain West Conference were members of the TCU team. Kickoff return specialist Aaron Brown averages 32 yards per return, including an 85 yard touchdown. Punt returner Jeremy Kerley earned first team all-conference honors, with a 14.5 per return average. Kicker Ross Evans was steady most of the season, nailing 15-of-19 field goal attempts, including a long of 50. But, Evans also missed two fourth quarter field goals inside 35 yards in the three-point loss at
Overall Bowl Record: 10-13-1
Last Five Bowl Games (4-1): 2007
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