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DALLAS -- Other than getting a victory, TCU coach Gary Patterson was far from satisfied because of what he perceived as a lack of emotion from his Horned Frogs in their Big 12 opener.Now they play their final non-conference game against former SWC rival SMU in the game known as the Battle for the Iron Skillet. And the Frogs first road game this season comes on a short week, with kickoff Friday night.We understand how this game plays out. Every year, its been a war, Patterson said this week. So you better get ready to play in this ballgame.TCU (2-1) has won 14 of the last 16 games in the Dallas-Fort Worth rivalry, but the Mustangs are 2-1 for the first time since 2011 -- the last time they beat the Frogs.While SMU lost 40-13 two weeks ago at Baylor after being tied 6-all at the half, second-year coach Chad Morris believes their bounce-back victory against FCS team Liberty at home last week was significant even with some struggles in that game.It was huge for this football team, considering we played an FBS team last year in James Madison and lost that one on the last play of the game, Morris said. As we build this program and change the culture, that was a big win for this program moving forward.The Frogs suffered a big blow in their 41-20 win over Iowa State last Saturday when receiver/big-play returner KaVontae Turpin, who through two games was the national leader with 236 all-purpose yards per game, suffered a serious knee injury. He will be out indefinitely.Patterson said it is difficult to lose a guy that always makes the first guy miss, but said the Frogs cant worry about injuries. Defensive end Josh Carraway also left that game with an injury, but should play against the Mustangs.If you want to be a great program, not everything is going to go right, Patterson said. How people handle the tough times and the things when you have problems, thats how you usually judge everybody. So weve got to handle it.Some other things to know when TCU plays SMU, one of the remaining candidates for possible Big 12 expansion:RED ZONE ISSUESWhile the Mustangs are moving the ball, averaging 491 total yards per game, they have struggled once reaching the opponents 20. They have reached the red zone 16 times, and have only two touchdowns in that span (including a 20-yard touchdown pass against Baylor). But there are also five interceptions inside the 20 along with nine field goal attempts (seven made, two missed).SACK MASTERSTCU has at least one sack in 33 consecutive games, which is a school record and the second-longest active streak nationally behind Ohio States 38. The Horned Frogs have 10 sacks this season, spread out over seven different players. TCU also has the Big 12s top two tacklers overall, in linebackers Ty Summers (26) and Sammy Douglas (25).LOT OF PICKSSMUs defense has already had nine interceptions this season, matching Cincinnati and Ohio State for the FBS lead. That matches their 2015 season total. Were creating turnovers, Morris said. Thats one of the biggest strengths that we have -- interceptions. TCU has 73 interceptions since 2012, its first year in the Big 12, which is the most in the league during that span.HONORING FIRST RESPONDERSSMU will wear specially created Mustang helmet decals that feature the Dallas skyline to show its support for Dallas area first-responders . Dallas Police Chief David Brown is scheduled to take part in the pregame coin toss. There will also be a moment of silence to remember five law enforcement officers killed July 7 in downtown Dallas by a gunman at the end of a march to protest fatal police shootings of black men. SMUs campus is only blocks from the downtown area. Domantas Sabonis Jersey. The formidable trio of Canadian receivers -- individually known as Chris Getzlaf, Rob Bagg and Andy Fantuz -- will share the field at Mosaic Stadium one more time on Sunday. Thunder Hats. Their experience showed Tuesday as the No. 10 Badgers blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in Wednesdays finals of the Cancun Challenge. http://www.thundershopauthentic.com/enes-kanter-thunder-jersey/.C. -- Chris Thorburn thinks one of the reasons the Winnipeg Jets have been successful under new coach Paul Maurice is that theyre playing together as a team. Gary Payton Jersey. The Clippers were angry about blowing a big lead; the Kings didnt like being in that kind of hole and nearly digging themselves out only to lose. Kevin Durant Thunder Jersey. Its an influence in football and a big part of the game. The Cleveland Cavaliers and coach Tyronn Lue have reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension.The team announced the contract Tuesday, referring to the deal as a multiyear agreement. But sources told ESPN that it is a five-year extension with the first four years fully guaranteed. The fifth year is a team option. According to The Vertical, the deal is worth $35 million.Lue did not sign a new contract when he was promoted from associate head coach to take over for David Blatt in January, sources previously told ESPN.Lue led Cleveland to a 27-14 mark in the second half of the season and through the playoffs to the NBA championship.Ty took over our team under very trying circumstances and his calm, confident approach was invaluable as we found our way to success, general manager David Griffin said in a statement.dddddddddddd His vision, leadership and tactical acumen were fundamental to us reaching our goals. We couldnt be happier to have Ty continue to lead our group into the future.Lue was already the leagues top-paid assistant coach when he was added to Blatts staff in the summer of 2014 with a four-year deal worth a total of $6.5 million.The opportunity to continue coaching the Cavaliers and this very special group of players is tremendous, Lue said in the statement.? 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