|2011 TCU Horned Frogs football|
Mountain West champion
Poinsettia Bowl champion
Poinsettia Bowl, W 31–24 vs. Louisiana Tech
|Conference||Mountain West Conference|
|2011 record||11–2 (7–0 MW)|
|Head coach||Gary Patterson (11th as head coach, 13th overall season)|
|Co-offensive coordinator||Jarrett Anderson (3rd as coordinator, 14th overall season)|
|Co-offensive coordinator||Justin Fuente (3rd as coordinator, 4th overall season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Dick Bumpas (8th season)|
|Base defense||4–2–5 defense|
|Home stadium||Amon G. Carter Stadium|
|2011 Mountain West Conference football standings|
|#16 TCU †||7||–||0||11||–||2|
|#8 Boise State||6||–||1||12||–||1|
|San Diego State||4||–||3||8||–||5|
|† – Conference champion |
As of December 28, 2011 • Rankings from AP Poll
The 2011 TCU Horned Frogs football team represented Texas Christian University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Horned Frogs were led by 11th-year head coach Gary Patterson and played their home games at Amon G. Carter Stadium. They were members of the Mountain West Conference. They finished the season 11–2, 7–0 in Mountain West play to win their third straight conference championship. They were invited to the Poinsettia Bowl, where they defeated Western Athletic Conference champion Louisiana Tech, 31–24.
This was the Horned Frogs last year as a member of the Mountain West. They were originally set to become a member of the Big East Conference in the 2012 season. However, on October 10, they accepted a bid to join the Big 12 Conference. The Big 12 has several other former members of the Southwest Conference, notably Baylor, one of TCU's most intense rivals in history.
Before the season
During the 2010–2011 campaign, the Horned Frogs finished the season undefeated, 13–0 and being voted #2 in the Coaches and AP polls. The Horned Frog's 2010 season was capped off with a 21–19 victory over Wisconsin in the 2011 Rose Bowl. During the off-season, quarterback Andy Dalton, who had won 43 games for TCU, left for the NFL, leading to Casey Pachall to take over as quarterback. At the Mountain West Conference media day, the Horned Frogs were picked to finish 2nd in the conference.
|September 2||7:00 p.m.||at Baylor*||No. 14||ESPN||L 48–50||43,753|
|September 10||2:30 p.m.||at Air Force||No. 25||Versus||W 35–19||42,107|
|September 17||1:00 p.m.||Louisiana-Monroe*||No. 23||Mtn.||W 38–17||32,719|
|September 24||6:00 p.m.||Portland State*||No. 20||W 55–13||33,825|
|October 1||2:30 p.m.||SMU*||No. 20||CBSSN||L 33–40 OT||35,632|
|October 8||9:30 p.m.||at San Diego State||CBSSN||W 27–14||44,248|
|October 22||1:00 p.m.||New Mexico||Mtn.||W 69–0||33,833|
|October 28||7:00 p.m.||vs. BYU*||ESPN||W 38–28||50,094|
|November 5||1:00 p.m.||at Wyoming||Mtn.||W 31–20||17,673|
|November 12||2:30 p.m.||at No. 5 Boise State||Versus||W 36–35||34,146|
|November 19||2:30 p.m.||Colorado State||No. 19||Versus||W 34–10||33,650|
|December 3||1:30 p.m.||UNLV||No. 18||Versus||W 56–9||32,012|
|December 21||7:00 p.m.||vs. Louisiana Tech*||No. 16||ESPN||W 31–24||24,607|
TCU began the season being upset by then-former (and future) conference rival Baylor 48–50, ending the Horned Frogs' 25-regular-season-game winning streak. TCU then won their next three games against Air Force, Louisiana–Monroe and Portland State before losing in overtime 33–40 to SMU in Battle for the Iron Skillet.
After the loss against SMU, TCU won out the rest of its regular-season schedule to win its third straight Mountain West Conference championship. TCU's biggest victory was against #5 Boise State at Bronco Stadium. TCU won the game 36–35 on a two-point conversion. The victory ended Boise State's record 65-game regular-season home winning streak and 47-game conference home winning streak. After Houston lost the 2011 Conference USA Football Championship Game, there was a chance for TCU to reach a BCS game for a third straight year. However, TCU finished #18 in the BCS standings and missed out on attending a BCS bowl.
2011 Poinsettia Bowl
On December 4, 2011, the TCU Horned Frogs accepted an invite to represent the MWC. Their opponents were the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, the 2011 WAC champions. The game was played at Snapdragon Stadium.
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|BCS||Not released||NR||NR||NR||NR||19||20||18||18||Not released|
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- Deitsch, Richard. Gary Patterson on winning, defense and replacing QB Andy Dalton. Sports Illustrated. August 25, 2011. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
- Boise State Picked to Win 2011 Mountain West Football Title. themwc.com. July 26, 2011. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
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- Baylor blows 24-point lead but recovers to edge No. 14 TCU. ESPN. September 2, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
- SMU halts No. 20 TCU's 22-game home winning streak in OT. ESPN. October 1, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011.
- Mountain West champ TCU eyes possible BCS bowl after routing UNLV. ESPN. December 3, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011.
- TCU mars Boise State's perfect record after Broncos miss late field goal. ESPN. November 12, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011.
- Adelson, Andrea. Final: Southern Miss 49, Houston 28. ESPN. December 3, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011.
- Caplan, Jeff. Nothing to feel blue about for TCU. ESPN. December 6, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011.
- TCU to Play Louisiana Tech in SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl Archived 2012-04-20 at the Wayback Machine. PoinsettiaBowl.com. December 4, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- "Louisiana Tech to Play in SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl". Poinsettia Bowl (poinsettiabowl.com). November 26, 2011. http://www.poinsettiabowl.com/news/louisiana-tech-to-play-in-san-diego-county-credit-union-poinsettia-bowl.html. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
- Gemmell, Kevin. Instant analysis: TCU 31, La. Tech 24. ESPN. December 21, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
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