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QB Pachall Returns To Help Struggling TCU

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Can Casey Pachall return from a broken arm to ensure TCU makes a bowl game this year? Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images.
Can Casey Pachall return from a broken arm to ensure TCU makes a bowl game this year? Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images.

It's hard to tell what's been more detrimental to TCU's win-loss record the last two seasons, the move to the Big 12 or the extended absence of quarterback Casey Pachall.

The Horned Frogs hope to avoid the latter for the rest of this season as Pachall will play Saturday against Texas according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Pachall, a senior, broke his non-throwing arm Sept. 7 against Southeastern Louisiana and has not played since. TCU ranked 111th in the FBS in total offense with backup Trevone Boykin in place of Pachall, ESPN reported.

TCU coach Gary Patterson confirmed Pachall's availability.

The team's defense still has managed to rank 30th in scoring, allowing 21.7 points per game, but some expected TCU to compete in what's perceived as a weak Big 12 this year. Instead, the Horned Frogs lost to LSU, lost Pachall and have gone 1-3 in conference play.

After winning at least 11 games in four consecutive seasons, including two BCS bowl appearances, TCU moved to the Big 12 last season. After a 4-0 start and a No. 15 national ranking, Pachall was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated and sought substance abuse treatment during an indefinite suspension. The Horned Frogs behind Boykin went 3-6, but did win on the road against Baylor, West Virginia and Texas.

Pachall, listed as 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, has thrown 36 touchdowns and nine interceptions during his stunted career.

A loss puts TCU in serious jeopardy of staying home for the holidays as the team hosts Baylor, currently a Top-10 team, to end the season and would need to win three of its last four games.

Texas, a 2.5-point underdog at the Las Vegas Hilton as of Friday afternoon, would have a great chance to enter mid-November with a 6-0 conference record by spoiling Pachall's return to Amon Carter Stadium.