TCU has played some wild season openers in the Gary
Patterson era, including last year’s 50-48 last-minute loss at Baylor.
But a happier opener for Horned Frog fans (but one with just as much drama) was the 2004 opener against Northwestern. TCU prevailed 48-45 in double overtime in front of 26,843 at Amon G. Carter Stadium on a Thursday night. The game lasted nearly four hours and finished at 12:27 a.m.
If you thought last year’s Baylor-TCU track meet had little defense, check out a replay of the 2004 opener at 2 p.m. today on ESPN Classic.
TCU’s Lonta Hobbs rushed for 142 yards and Tye Gunn threw for 368 yards but they were nearly outdone by Wildcats quarterback Brett Basanez, who threw for 513 yards and four touchdowns, including an overtime-forcing toss with 13 seconds left in regulation. Northwestern kicker Brett Huffman missed five field goals, including both attempts in overtime. Frog kicker Peter LoCoco kicked a 47-yard field goal in the second overtime for the win.
Both defenses were repeatedly burned. TCU allowed 637 total yards, the eighth most in school history. Northwestern allowed 525 yards. By comparison, Baylor totaled 564 yards last year against the Frogs.
-- Stefan Stevenson