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Mountaineers End Losing Streak, Earn First Big 12 Win Against TCU

The West Virginia football team beat up TCU on both sides of the ball on Saturday evening in Fort Worth, Texas, knocking off the Horned Frogs, 29-17.

The Mountaineers were able to grab the win behind three turnovers on two interceptions and a fumble recovery alongside Brown’s 111 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

The day didn’t begin very pretty for the Mountaineers as TCU senior returner Derius Davis took an Evan Staley kickoff to the house for a 100-yard touchdown return in the first minute of regulation for the early touchdown lead.

The first quarter of action for the Mountaineer offense saw both Sean Ryan receive 44 yards through the air and Leddie Brown rush for 44 yards on the ground through the quarter. Following a Ryan 44-yard reception, Casey Legg was able to leg a 27-yard field goal for the four-point West Virginia deficit, 7-3.

A seven-yard Dante Stills sack on Max Duggan at the West Virginia 46-yard line set up the next first quarter scoring drive for the Mountaineers.

The very next West Virginia drive saw Brown rush the ball six times including the drive capping five-yard touchdown rush with seven seconds remaining before the second quarter.

Another solid West Virginia defensive takedown by Jared Bartlett on a five-yard loss on Davis forced the next TCU fourth down and punt.

The first Mountaineer drive of the second quarter saw Garrett Greene rush the ball for 67 yards. The drive concluded with a Casey Legg 38-yard field goal to put West Virginia ahead of TCU, 13-7.

The Horned Frogs then stuck in their first offensive touchdown of the day late in the first half as Duggan found Barber for a five-yard touchdown pass with five minutes remaining until halftime. The drive included a Duggan to Evans 22-yard pass and a Duggan to Savion Williams connection for 14 yards.

Brown stuck the ball into the end zone for his second touchdown score of the day with a couple minutes left before halftime on a one-yard score. Doege was also able to find Winston Wright Jr. for a 40-yard completion to set up the one-yard touchdown rush.

The opening half then concluded on a Kell Griffin 24-yard field goal to bring the TCU deficit to three points, 20-17.

The opening drive of the second half for TCU looked hopeful as Kendre Miller was able to rip open a 28-yard rush and a nine-yard rush. Duggan was then picked off by Darryl Porter Jr. on the 10th snap of the drive for the Mountaineers to take possession of the ball at the TCU 42-yard line.

The Porter Jr. interception proved to be a pivotal point as Legg finished up the drive yet again for the Mountaineers with a 49-yard field goal for the 23-17 edge.

Ryan proved to have an efficient day for West Virginia hauling in 81 yards through the air including a 27-yard connection with Doege on the final possession of the third quarter. Ryan’s longest reception of the day come on the 44-yard connection with Doege in the first quarter.

West Virginia was able to force another interception on Duggan as Charles Woods picked off a pass to the left side of the field intended for Zach Evans two minutes into the fourth quarter. The interception gave the Mountaineers possession of the ball at the TCU 15-yard line.

Only three snaps into the West Virginia drive, Brown toted the rock three yards into the end zone for his third score of the day following another 11-yard rush from the running back on the same drive.

West Virginia linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo had himself quite the day against the TCU offense collecting 10 total tackles including the five-yard tackle for loss on Evans with nine minutes left in regulation.

The next West Virginia drive resulted in a very rare way for Mountaineer kicker Legg who was blocked on a 38-yard field goal attempt as the score remained a 12-point lead for the Mountaineers.

Then with five minutes left in the game, Duggan found Quentin Johnston for a 29-yard pass completion which was poked out by Sean Mahone and recovered by the Mountaineer Woods for his second turnover recovery of the day.

The fumble recovery put the seal on the game as West Virginia went on to earn their third victory of the year over TCU, 29-17.

(Top Photo: Bryan Doughtery)

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