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TCU-Oklahoma State preview: Teams are strikingly similar

TCU (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma State (8-2, 6-1)

When, where: 11 a.m. Saturday, Amon G. Carter Stadium

TV: FS1

TCU returns to the football field with more healthy players, a fresh boost of confidence from a 62-22 rout of Baylor in the team’s last outing and a chance for the Horned Frogs to become bowl-eligible by beating No. 13 Oklahoma State.

After last week’s open date, the Frogs begin a three-game closing push to the regular season Saturday in Amon G. Carter Stadium with a chance to avenge last year’s season-turning loss in Stillwater, Okla. Both teams entered last year’s contest with undefeated records before OSU prevailed, 49-29 to keep the Cowboys in the thick of the Big 12 title race until the final week of the regular season.

TCU is coming off its best performance of the year on both sides of the ball, including a 431-yard rushing performance against Baylor.

Where they are similar

Category

TCU

Oklahoma State

Scoring offense

37.4

41.3

Top rusher

Kyle Hicks (789 yards)

Justice Hill (789)

Top passer

Kenny Hill (299.3 yards)

Mason Rudolph (338.4)

Scoring defense

29.2

29.3

Sacks

34

26

Where they are different

Category

TCU

Oklahoma State

Turnover margin

Minus-2

Plus-8

INTs by QB

Kenny Hill, 10

Mason Rudolph, 4

4th-down conv.

70%

37.5%

vs. Baylor

W, 62-22

L, 35-24

Record in games decided by TD or less

1-3

4-1

Recent developments

TCU’s depth improves this week with the return of two veterans who have missed time with recent injuries: right guard Patrick Morris and receiver Deante Gray. In addition, receiver/kick returner KaVontae Turpin has been a full participant in recent workouts after being limited in practice since returning from a knee injury sustained Sept. 17. RB Kyle Hicks, the Frogs’ leading rusher, is coming off a career-best performance against Baylor (192 rushing yards, 5 TDs). Oklahoma State enters on a six-game winning streak, the Cowboys’ longest since opening with a 10-0 record last season. OSU is coming off last week’s 45-44 victory over Texas Tech, a triumph clinched when Red Raiders’ kicker Clayton Hatfield missed a game-tying PAT with 1:39 remaining.

Trends

The home team has won every meeting in this series since TCU joined the Big 12 for the 2012 season. The caveat is that three of the four meetings have been played in Stillwater because of a scheduling quirk. Four members of the TCU coaching staff have OSU connections: co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham (OSU player, 1985-87); defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow (OSU player, 1991-93 and graduate assistant, 1994-95); running backs coach Curtis Luper (OSU player, 1984-87 and assistant coach, 2005-08) and graduate assistant J.W. Walsh (OSU player, 2011-15). OSU leads the series 14-10-2. TCU holds the edge in Fort Worth, 6-4-2.

Key performers

TCU

LB Travin Howard

100 tackles, 11.1 per game

DE Josh Carraway

6.5 sacks, 9.5 TFLs

QB Kenny Hill

336 yards per game

WR Taj Williams

33 catches, 643 yards, 5 TDs

OSU

QB Mason Rudolph

65.5 completion percentage, 24 TDs, 4 INTs

WR James Washington

56 catches, 1,132 yards, 9 TDs

S Jordan Sterns

68 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 3 INTs

LB Devante Averette

67 tackles, 5.5 TFLs

Significant statistics

TCU

OSU

Category

Stat

Category

Stat

Sacks

3.78 per game

Sacks allowed

27

INTs by Kenny Hill

10

INTs

11

Rushing TDs

25

Rushing TDs

25

Red zone defense

91.9%

Red zone offense

87.3%

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