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TCU at Arkansas: What to know about the Horned Frogs and Razorbacks

TCU quarterback Kenny Hill moves away from the pursuit of Arkansas defenders during the Sept. 10, 2016, game at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
TCU quarterback Kenny Hill moves away from the pursuit of Arkansas defenders during the Sept. 10, 2016, game at Amon G. Carter Stadium. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

TCU (1-0, Big 12) vs. Arkansas (1-0, SEC)

Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Ark.

TV: KTVT, Channel 11, CBS

Radio: WBAP/820 AM, KTCU 88.7 FM

Series: Arkansas leads the series 44-23-2, including last year’s 41-38 victory in double overtime in Fort Worth. Before last year, the teams had not played since Arkansas left the Southwest Conference for the SEC in 1992. From 1959 to 1991, Arkansas won 30 of the 33 meetings. TCU has won only twice in Fayetteville since World War II — 26-0 in 1955 and 32-31 in 1984. TCU beat Arkansas in Little Rock in 1990.

Weather: Sunshine and clouds. High of 79, low of 55, chance of rain 10 percent. East-southeast wind 5-10 mph, humidity 55 percent.

Who’s favored: TCU by 3 to 3.5

What’s this about: TCU is trying to avoid an early stumble and keep momentum rolling from a 63-0 season-opening victory against Jackson State. But it will require a win at an SEC stadium. The Horned Frogs have not gone on the road for an SEC game since 1997, when they lost at Vanderbilt 40-16. Their last win in SEC country was at Vanderbilt, 16-3, in 1995.

Last week: TCU 63, Jackson State 0. Arkansas 49, Florida A&M 7.

Stat leaders

TCU: Sr. QB Kenny Hill, 18-23-1 passing, 206 yards, 4 TD. Soph. RB Darius Anderson, 68 yards, 5.2 average. Sr. WR Ty Slanina, 4 catches, 24 yards. Sr. WR Desmon White, 2 catches, 50 yards, 2 TDs.

Arkansas: Fr. RB Chase Hayden, 120 yards, 8.6 average, 1 touchdown. Sr. QB Austin Allen, 14-19-1 passing, 135 yards, 1 TD. Jr. WR Jonathan Nance, 3 catches, 25 yards.

From around here

Junior kicker Cole Hedlund played at Argyle. He made all seven PATs for the Razorbacks in the season opener.

Sophomore kicker Connor Limpert played at Allen. He averaged 62.6 yards on eight kickoffs with four touchbacks and one out of bounds in the season opener.

Redshirt freshman receiver Kofi Boateng played at Arlington Lamar.

Freshman kicker Blake Mazza played at Plano.

Senior lineman Jake Raulerson played at Celina.

Junior lineman Zach Rogers played at Hebron.

Numbers game

0 Sacks allowed last week by TCU, joining 25 other teams, including Big 12 teams Baylor and Iowa State.

5 Teams that scored two defensive touchdowns last week, including Big 12 teams TCU, Texas and Iowa State.

12 Shutouts in 17 seasons under coach Gary Patterson for TCU after last week’s 63-0 victory against Jackson State.

65 Yards allowed last week by TCU, second-fewest in FBS to the 33 allowed by Mississippi State against Charleston Southern.

Did you know

The last time the Horned Frogs played in the state of Arkansas, they took a 24-21 win against Arkansas State at Indian Stadium in Jonesboro, Ark., on Sept. 25, 1999. LaDainian Tomlinson had 269 yards on 40 carries. TCU has not played in Fayetteville since 1988 in a 53-10 loss. TCU is 9-21-1 on the road against Arkansas.

KaVontae Turpin, who had a career-high 295 all-purpose yards last year against Arkansas, is on pace to break Tomlinson’s career record at TCU. Through the opening game of his junior season, Tomlinson had 2,335 all-purpose yards (1,425 rushing, 141 receiving, 769 kickoff return). Through the first game of his junior season, Turpin has 2,717 (239 rushing, 944 receiving, 323 punt return, 1,211 kickoff return).

At 33-10, TCU has the nation's third-best road record since 2009. At 26-9, the Frogs rank fourth-best in road records among Power 5 teams since that time. At 26-9, the Frogs rank fourth-best in road records among Power 5 teams since that time.

Since the arrival of the Air Raid offense in 2014, TCU is tied for second in the nation in 50-plus-point games. Texas Tech has 13 in that span, TCU and Oregon have 12, and Baylor and Boise State have 11.

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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