Preview: South Dakota State at Texas Christian

When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 3, 2016
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas


Junior Kenny Hill won the competition to be TCU's starting quarterback and looks to begin reviving his college career when the No. 14 Horned Frogs host FCS program South Dakota State on Saturday. Hill was a quick sensation at Texas A&M in 2014 before things bottomed out, although he beat out sophomore Foster Sawyer in fall camp to become the replacement for record-setting signal caller Trevone Boykin.

Hill lost the starting job at Texas A&M despite passing for 2,649 yards and 23 touchdowns and was later suspended for two games and departed after the 2014 campaign. He passed for 511 yards versus South Carolina in his first career start after the departure of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and it was that type of game experience that gave him the edge over Sawyer in the eyes of Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson. "We do know about what he can do against competition on Saturday," Patterson said of Hill. “And probably, if it was close, it was maybe one of the reasons why we decided to go that direction." South Dakota State is ranked 14th in the FCS Coaches' Poll and has been a playoff team at that level in each of the past four seasons.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN. LINE: None

ABOUT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE (2015: 8-4): Sophomore Taryn Christion (1,286 yards, seven touchdowns last season) outdueled senior Zach Lujan (1,861 yards, 14 touchdowns despite missing three games with an ankle injury) for the starting quarterback job. While that was termed "not an easy decision" by offensive coordinator Eric Eidsness, there is nothing difficult about figuring out that junior wideout Jake Wieneke will again be the top target after catching 72 passes (11 for touchdowns) for a Missouri Valley-record 1,472 yards last season. Senior defensive tackle Cole Langer (10 tackles for losses) and senior linebacker Jesse Bobbit (97 tackles) headline the defense.

ABOUT TCU (2015: 11-2): Hill won't have the luxury of throwing to record-setting receiver Josh Doctson - now in the NFL - and the Horned Frogs will spread the ball around to a cast that includes sophomore KaVontae Turpin (45 catches for 649 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015), junior-college transfer Taj Williams and senior Deante' Gray (eight touchdown catches in 2014 before missing last season with a knee injury). The backfield is also in transition with junior Kyle Hicks (422 career rushing yards) as the new starter and junior Trevorris Johnson (564 career rushing yards) and senior Derrick Green, a transfer from Michigan, expected to contribute. Senior defensive end James McFarland (seven sacks in 2014) is back after missing last season with a toe injury to form a potent pass-rushing duo with senior defensive end Josh Carraway (nine sacks) while junior cornerback Ranthony Texada has recovered from last season's knee surgery to lead the secondary.

EXTRA POINTS

1. South Dakota State, which is playing the Horned Frogs for the first time, recorded its initial win over an FBS program last season when it defeated Kansas.

2. TCU sophomore OLB Travin Howard (appendectomy) posted a team-best 105 tackles last season but is questionable for the opener.

3. Horned Frogs sophomore RB Shaun Nixon (knee) will miss the entire season.

PREDICTION: TCU 44, South Dakota State 25

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
South Dakota State 0-0 - 0.0 0.0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Texas Christian 0-0 - 0.0 0.0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Last Meeting

South Dakota State Texas Christian
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No Previous Meeting.

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
SDST N/A
TCU N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
SDST N/A
TCU N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
SDST N/A
TCU N/A
TDs Player TD
SDST N/A
TCU N/A
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
SDST N/A
TCU N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
SDST N/A
TCU N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
SDST N/A
TCU N/A
TDs Player TD
SDST N/A
TCU N/A

Quickchart Matchup

South Dakota State Off vs  Texas Christian Def
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0 yards/rush
0 yards/rush
Texas Christian Off vs  South Dakota State Def
0 yards
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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

South Dakota State Overall Texas Christian
0-0-0 W/L 0-0-0
0-0-0 ATS 0-0-0
0-0-0 O/U 0-0-0
0.0 Pts For 0.0
0.0 Pts Against 0.0
South Dakota State A/H Texas Christian
0-0 W/L 0-0
0-0-0 ATS 0-0-0
0-0-0 O/U 0-0-0
0.0 Pts For 0.0
0.0 Pts Against 0.0
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