To say the TCU football team is in the midst of a pretty good run is putting it mildly.
The release put out by the school's athletic communications office includes several interesting facts and more than a few eye-popping numbers. Here's a sampling of TCU by the numbers:
• TCU is tied for the nation's second-longest current winning streak at 12 in a row and is one of three undefeated teams this season.
• TCU is the first school from a non-automatic Bowl Championship Series qualifying conference to play in a BCS game in back-to-back seasons, having played in the Fiesta Bowl last season.
• The Frogs are the first non-AQ team to play in the Rose Bowl.
• It's the first time TCU has played in a bowl game with the two teams having a combined ranking this high (7 in AP poll) since the 1938 Sugar Bowl, when the top-ranked Frogs defeated No. 5 Carnegie Tech, 15-7, to win the national championship.
• TCU is 15-3 in its last 18 games versus teams from conferences with automatic BCS bids, including a 6-2 mark versus the Big 12 and a 4-0 record against the Pac-10.
• TCU is 7-4 in bowl games with head coach Gary Patterson on its coaching staff and 5-4 with him as head coach. Prior to Patterson's arrival on campus in 1998, the Frogs had just four bowl
wins in their history.
• The Frogs will be making their 12th bowl appearance in the last 13 seasons. TCU is one of just 14 schools to play in at least 12 bowl games over the last 13 years.
• TCU won its second straight outright Mountain West Conference championship and third in six years.
• TCU's seniors have 43 victories in the last four years, making them the winningest class in school history. It's the third consecutive season TCU will see its seniors graduate with a new win record for a class.
• TCU has reached 10 wins for the seventh time in the last nine years, including six seasons with at least 11 victories and the last two years with 12 wins.
• TCU has won 26 of its last 27 overall games and is 38-3 in its last 41 contests.
• Since the start of the 2008 season, TCU is 35-3. The Frogs' 35 wins trail only Boise State (37-2).
• Sixteen of TCU's last 19 victories have been by at least 27 points. Seventeen of the 19 wins are by 17 points or more.
But enough of the numbers. Here are some interesting facts about the Horned Frogs, courtesy of the press release:
• Former TCU wide receiver Derek Moore, a three-year letterman (2005-07), is believed to be the only Wisconsin native (Cedarburg) to ever play at TCU. Moore's signature moment as a Frog was a 16-yard touchdown reception for TCU's first points of the game in a 17-10 win at No. 5 Oklahoma in 2005.
• TCU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Justin Fuente is the only Frog who has played against Wisconsin. After playing his first two seasons at Oklahoma, Fuente transferred to Murray State. He was the Racers' starting quarterback in 49-10 loss to the Badgers in the 1999 opener.
• Famous TCU alumni include Betty Buckley (actress), Gordon England (Secretary of the U.S. Navy), Dan Jenkins (author/sportswriter), Eddie Bernice Johnson (congresswoman), Bob Lilly (Pro Football Hall of Fame
member), Rod Roddy (Price is Right announcer), Bob Schieffer (CBS newsman and co-host of Face the Nation), LaDainian Tomlinson (NFL standout) and Tara Watson (Miss Texas 2000).
• An article in Men's Health ranked Fort Worth second in the nation behind only Honolulu in prettiest females per capita in the United States.
• Men's Fitness ranked TCU eighth in its list of the fittest college campuses.
• TCU's campus is five miles from downtown Fort Worth.
• Fort Worth is the 19th-largest city in the United States and the Fort Worth/Dallas television market is ranks fifth.