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The 2007 Texas Christian Horned Frog football team represented Texas Christian University in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Gary Patterson, who took over the program in December 2000. The Frogs played their home games in Amon G. Carter Stadium, which is located on campus in Fort Worth.

The Horned Frogs returned nine starters from their 2006 defense, which ended the season ranked 2nd nationally. Headlining the defense was All-America candidate defensive end Tommy Blake. On offense, the Frogs returned six starters and was led by redshirt freshman quarterback Andy Dalton.[1]

On July 23, the Mountain West Conference held their annual Media Blitz in Las Vegas, where members of the media picked the Frogs as the favorite to win the conference. The media selected Aaron Brown as Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Tommy Blake as Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

With the 27–0 win, the Horned Frogs evened the all-time series with the Bears at 49–49–7. Defensive end Tommy Blake did not dress for the game, and running back Aaron Brown left in the first half with a knee injury. Redshirt freshman quarterback Andy Dalton, making his first career start, threw for 205 yards and a touchdown. Two missed field goals by Baylor and four interceptions by the TCU defense helped preserve the shutout. It was TCU's fifth consecutive victory over a Big 12 team.

This was the second of three contests TCU had in 2007 against former SWC rivals, and this was the first time these two schools had faced each other since the conference disbanded following the 1995 season. With the win, Texas now leads the all-time series, 61–20–1. TCU led the game 10–0 at halftime on two interceptions- one returned for a touchdown by cornerback Torrey Stewart, the other by David Roach, setting up a field goal. However, Texas came out roaring with 27 unanswered points to open the second half and ended up winning easily, 34–13.

Air Force erased a 17–3 4th-quarter deficit and won, 20–17. TCU kicker Chris Manfredini missed a 36-yard field goal in overtime before Air Force kicked the winning field goal. TCU quarterback Andy Dalton had 320 yards passing, a career high, but was also intercepted twice.

The Mustangs were the first to strike paydirt in TCU's Homecoming game, with a 15-yard touchdown run by running back DeMyron Martin in the first quarter. The TCU special teams and defense answered to give the Frogs the lead for good, though. They evened the score on a blocked punt that wide receiver Bart Johnson returned for a touchdown, and then linebacker Robert Henson took an interception back 58 yards for a score early in the second quarter. Derek Moore hauled in a Marcus Jackson pass to give the Frogs a 21–7 lead at halftime, and that ended up being the final score as well. With the win, the Frogs now hold a 41–39–7 advantage in the series, which is called "The Battle for the Iron Skillet".

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