The potential for records to fall is there any time a team takes the field, but a number of high-profile TCU football records look like they may be broken- or at least equalled- in tomorrow night's Poinsettia Bowl against Louisiana Tech. The three guys to watch are sophomore quarterback Casey Pachall, sophomore wide receiver Josh Boyce and head coach Gary Patterson.
I'll start by detailing the records that Pachall has a chance to break, since they were set so recently by Andy Dalton and we didn't really expect The Sleeve to come in and knock them down in year one as a starter. Most likely to be his by the end of tomorrow night is the TCU single-season record for completion percentage. Dalton's immaculate 66.1% rate from last year look like it would stand for a while, but Pachall ended the regular season with a completion percentage of 67.8%. Knock on wood, but even if Pachall matched his worst game of the season (13 of 23 against BYU), he would still break Dalton's record. Also very likely to fall is the single-season completion record, which currently stands at 222- set by Dalton in his freshman season of 2007. Pachall sits at 213 for the season currently, so with 10 complete passes tomorrow night that record will also be his.
Dalton's single-season mark of 2,857 passing yards is also in jeopardy, as Pachall traveled out to San Diego with 2,715 already in his pocket. He'll break the record with 142 yards against Louisiana Tech, and has a decent chance of becoming the first TCU quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards in a season. With three touchdown passes (a feat he reached four times in 2010), Pachall will match Dalton's record of 27- set last year. I'd say that is the least likely of his potential records, unless you include the single-season attempts record- which he would need 58 (16 more than his career high) in tomorrow's game to break.
With a touchdown reception in the bowl game, Josh Boyce would tie Jeremy Kerley (2010) and Mike Renfro (1977) for the school record of 10 in a single season. And with a big game, he has a chance to break two more receiving records as well. With 9 receptions, he would break the single-season receptions record of 64, set by All-American TE Kelly Blackwell in both 1990 and 1991. With 68 yards, he would become just the second player in TCU history to record 1,000 receiving yards in one season. With 81, he'd break Reggie Harrell's 2003 record of 1,012.
Last but certainly not least, GP has a chance to tie a school record that for generations looked as though it would never even be approached. Dutch Meyer accumulated 109 wins at TCU from 1934 until 1952, claiming three Southwest Conference titles and two National Championships. His successor, Abe Martin, won 76 games from 1953 until 1966. After those two and until Patterson, the highest win total by a TCU head coach was produced by Jim Wacker, who won 40 games from 1983-1991. Now in his 11th full year as the head coach of the Horned Frogs, Gary Patterson stands at 108 victories- one shy of Dutch Meyer's record. A win tomorrow night would tie the record, and give Patterson a chance to break it next year as part of the Big 12.