The SMU Mustangs visit Amon G. Carter Stadium to Face the TCU Horned Frogs in the “Battle for the Iron Skillet”
FT WORTH: The TCU Horned Frogs (1-2, 0-1) will host the SMU Mustangs Saturday in the annual DFW Duel. The long time rivals will meet for the 93rd time, however, this will be SMU’s first look at the new Amon G. Carter Stadium which was remodeled and reopened on the TCU campus prior to last season. The Mustangs (1-2, 0-0) beat the Horned Frogs 40-33 in 2011 in overtime the last time the two teams faced each other in Ft. Worth.
TCU enters Saturday’s game after an extended break following a 20-10 loss at Texas Tech September 12. The Horned Frogs have had 16 days to prepare for the Mustangs who lost to Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel, and the Texas Aggies 42-13 a week ago. The game will be the last non-conference action for both schools as TCU will resume Big 12 play next week at Oklahoma and SMU will begin their first season as a member of the American Athletic Conference by playing host to Rutgers at Ford Stadium.
Sophomore quarterback Trevone Boykin will once again be starting for TCU in place of Casey Pachall. Boykin led TCU to their 31-3o victory over Southeastern Louisiana in week two after Pachall suffered a wrist injury to his non throwing arm just before halftime. Pachall had surgery on the wrist and there is still no definitive return date for the senior signal caller.
TCU’s offense becomes much more dependent upon the run with Boykin under center. Boykin ran for 101 yards against Texas Tech making him the first TCU quarterback since David Rascoe in 1987 to run for 100 yards or more in a game. Running backs Waymon James and B.J. Catalon should see an increase in carries after the bye week. Head Coach Gary Patterson has stated the need for Boykin to use all the talent on the field. “The biggest thing is that Trevone has got to understand that he’s got to use everybody else,” said Patterson. “We’ve got some good players at running back and the wide receiver positions. He can’t try to do it all by himself.”
Catalon leads the Horned Frogs in rushing with 169 yards and three touchdowns in three games. James has been strong in his return to the backfield after suffering a season ending injury in the second game of 2012. James is averaging 5.1 yards per attempt this season and is TCU’s all time leader in yards per attempt at 6.7 over his career. Boykin, Catalon and James have accounted for over 80 percent of TCU’s rushing attempts this season.
SMU comes into Saturday’s contest riding the arm of senior quarterback Garrett Gilbert. Gilbert is leading the nation in completions per game (37.7) and has set a school record with three straight 300-yard passing games to begin 2013. SMU wide receiver, Darius Joseph, is currently third in the nation in receptions per game. SMU added offensive coordinator, Hal Mumme, this off-season to the Mustang’s coaching staff. Mumme and Head Coach June Jones are combining philosophies to make up what has been dubbed the “Run n Raid Offense”, which currently ranks seventh in the nation in passing yards (338.3 ypg) and total offense (372.7 ypg).
“If we take a vote on what we do, it’s going to be pass, I promise you that. It will be 2-0 pass,” says Mumme. “If I don’t want to throw it, I’ll probably look at June and say what do you want to do, and he’ll say why don’t we throw it.”
This is SMU’s first season as a member of a BCS automatic qualifying conference. The Mustangs joined the new AAC in July and will play eleven of it’s twelve games against BCS-AQ schools in 2013.
Saturday’s game begins at 11am CDT and can be viewed on Fox Sports.