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Mountaineers look to thwart Horned Frogs’ bowl plans

Fort Worth, TX. – Black Friday this year may mean more than shopping for the next best sweater or television deal this year; it’s a chance to be a dark spot on TCU’s 2019 season for the Mountaineers. West Virginia takes on Texas Christian late afternoon on Black Friday in the season finale for the Mountaineers. The Horned Frogs however are battling for their attempt at a bowl berth and their sixth win of the season.

In a battle between seasoned Big 12 coach Gary Patterson and head coach Neal Brown’s swan song of his first year in the Big 12, both coaches have something to prove. The Horned Frogs are 5-6 for the season, needing their home game to end in a win in order to get into a bowl game.

The Mountaineers flat out just need a win.

The Mountaineers are 4-7 in Neal Brown’s premiere season and the overarching goal for the season has been marked improvement and getting better every week. One similarity between the two teams is the change up at quarterback. TCU’s quarterback Max Duggan began the season as QB2 and has played in all eleven games leading up to the West Virginia game and will start Friday. For West Virginia, quarterback has been a topic of discussion this season, with reminiscences of Will Grier memories, talks of Austin Kendall and now conversations of ‘what if’ with Jarret Doege. Doege has become QB1 with thanks to the redshirt rule and has played a pivotal role in the offense in the last three games and will continue to suit up as QB1 Friday in Texas.

West Virginia faces the conference’s second ranked total defense on Friday, a team that has only allowed 345.4 yards per game. TCU is coming into their home finale with much more experience on the gridiron, a seasoned offense and a tangible need for a win; not only is it Senior Day in Fort Worth but the whole bowl eligibility is looming over the Horned Frogs.

The Mountaineers are taking their last business trip with the goals of a win for their seniors, showing that marked improvement their head coach is striving for and maybe causing a little chaos by stirring up some frogmore stew before leaving Texas for the last time this season.

The Mountaineers and the Horned Frogs face off at 4:15 EST Friday, the game will be televised on ESPN.

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