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After Tech racked up 854 yards of total offense in the Red Raiders' 66-59 loss to Oklahoma, now it's up to the Horned Frogs to slow down the most prolific offense in the nation Saturday at The Carter. Video by Matthew Martinez.
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After Tech racked up 854 yards of total offense in the Red Raiders' 66-59 loss to Oklahoma, now it's up to the Horned Frogs to slow down the most prolific offense in the nation Saturday at The Carter. Video by Matthew Martinez.

TCU (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech (3-4, 1-3)

When, where: 2:30 p.m. ESPN2

TV: ESPN2

The teams have combined for more than 100 points in their last two outings, both won by the Horned Frogs. The total reached 107 last year in Lubbock, when the Frogs rallied for a 55-52 victory on Aaron Green’s 4-yard touchdown catch with 23 seconds remaining. TCU collected a school-record 82 of the 109 points scored in the teams’ 2014 meeting in Fort Worth.

In 2012, Tech prevailed 56-53 in a triple-overtime encounter in Fort Worth. So this rivalry has been the place to turn in recent years for offensive shootouts and both teams have the horses to extend that trend.

Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads the nation in total offense (507.1 yards per game) and set an NCAA record with 819 total yards in last week’s 66-59 loss to Oklahoma. TCU is averaging 35.9 yards per game behind quarterback Kenny Hill, who ranks second to Mahomes in total offense among Big 12 players (357.1 average).

Where they are similar

Category

TCU

Tech

Total offense

497.7

640.3

Yards allowed

418.9

532.7

Points allowed

30.6

43.9

Penalties/yards

60/77.9

69/85.1

Where they are different

Category

TCU

Tech

Sacks

27

10

Forced turnovers

9

5

Rushing yards

165.9

97.6

Notable recent developments

TCU is coming off a 34-10 loss to No. 10 West Virginia that marked the Frogs’ most lopsided defeat in five seasons as a Big 12 member. TCU is anticipating the return of WR/KR KaVontae Turpin, who leads the team in all-purpose yards (169.3 average) and was the team leader in receptions when he injured a knee Sept. 17 against Iowa State. Tech has lost its last three games, including a blowout against West Virginia (48-17) and narrow setbacks against Kansas State (44-38) and No. 16 Oklahoma (66-59). In last week’s loss, Tech and OU posted FBS records for combined yards (1,708) and combined passing yards (1,279). Mahomes set an NCAA mark for total offense (819) and tied the existing FBS record for passing yards in one game (734).

Trends

TCU and Tech, a pair of longtime Southwest Conference rivals, have divided their four meetings as Big 12 members since TCU joined the league for the 2012 season. Both are 1-1 in the other team’s stadium. Tech is 0-2 in games decided by a touchdown or less. TCU is 1-2 in such contests. In each of its victories, Tech has scored at least 55 points. In three of its four victories, TCU has allowed 23 or fewer points.

After Tech racked up 854 yards of total offense in the Red Raiders' 66-59 loss to Oklahoma, now it's up to the Horned Frogs to slow down the most prolific offense in the nation Saturday at The Carter. Video by Matthew Martinez.

Key performers

TCU

DE Josh Carraway

5.5 sacks

DT Aaron Curry

4.5 sacks

DL L.J. Collier

2.5 sacks

DE Tipa Galeai

2.5 sacks

QB Kenny Hill

327.1 passing yards per game

RB Kyle Hicks

Leads team with 30 receptions and 582 rushing yards

Texas Tech

QB Patrick Mahomes

507.1 yards per game

WR Jonathan Giles

53 catches, 917 yards, 11 TDs

WR Cameron Batson

41 catches, 453 yards, 6 TDs

LB Jordyn Brooks

43 tackles

Significant statistics

Individual

Category

TCU (Kenny Hill)

Tech (Patrick Mahomes)

Passing yards per game

327.1

473.3

TD-INT ratio

13-9

26-6

Team

Category

TCU

Tech

Def. 3rd conv.

44.5

43.2

Turnover margin

minus-4

minus-4

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