MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- One of the nation's top offenses goes against one of the top defenses when 21st-ranked Colorado State takes on Texas Christian in the Liberty Bowl.
Quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt, who brings a linebacker's mentality to the position, spearheads Colorado State's offense, which averages more than 31 points per game.
The junior signal-caller accounted for nearly 3,000 yards of total offense and 21 touchdowns this season. He passed for 2,049 yards and 10 TDs and rushed for 825 yards and 11 scores. The 825 yards is a school record for quarterbacks.
On December 13, Van Pelt was arrested outside a nightclub on a misdemeanor charge of verbal harrassment, but will start against the Horned Frogs. Coach Sonny Lubick said the incident did not warrant a suspension.
Cecil Sapp, who rushed for a school-record 1,495 yards and 17 TDs, will be matched up against the nation's No. 2 run defense as TCU (9-2) is allowing only 60 yards per game on the ground. The Horned Frogs also rank second in total defense, yielding just 249.5 yards per outing.
TCU, which shared the Conference USA title with Cincinnati, is seeking the 500th win in school history. The Horned Frogs have an all-time record of 499-493-57 and are making a school-record fifth straight bowl appearance.
Since going 1-10 in 1997, TCU is 40-19 over the last five seasons, recording three conference championships and two bowl wins.
Lonta Hobbs needs 48 yards to become the first freshman in school history to rush for 1,000 yards. Another weapon for TCU is LaTarence Dunbar, who ranks fourth in the nation in kick returns with an average of 28.8 per return. He led the country last season with an average of 33.7.
Colorado State (10-3) gets another crack at tying a school record for wins, set in 1997, when it finished 11-2. The Rams missed a chance to complete their first undefeated season in the Mountain West Conference when they suffered a 36-33 setback to Nevada-Las Vegas that snapped a six-game winning streak.
Sapp rushed for 157 yards - his eighth 100-yard game of the season - and broke Steve Bartolo's previous school record of 1,419 yards set in 1986.
Colorado State has an all-time bowl mark of 4-4, while TCU is 6-11-1. In the only previous meeting between the teams, Colorado State posted a 41-21 victory in 1998 when both schools were members of the Western Athletic Conference.