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Preview: TCU Horned Frogs

MORGANTOWN, W. Va.- (November 13, 2020) – The West Virginia Mountaineers (4-3, 3-3 Big 12) look to continue their climb to a bowl game this season when they host Texas Christian (3-3, 3-3 Big 12) on Saturday afternoon in Morgantown.

WVU coach Neal Brown acknowledges the win streak the Horned Frogs have been on recently.

“I thought they really had a dominant performance over Texas Tech last Saturday,” Brown said. “They look like a typical Gary Patterson football team to me. They are physical, disciplined and are really playing well right now in all three phases.”

TCU comes into Morgantown this weekend with wins over Baylor and Texas Tech over the last two weekends. The Horned Frogs beat Baylor by 10, while beating Tech by 16. 

Their biggest win occurred in early October when they went into Austin and beat the Longhorns. Their three losses come in the first four games losing to Iowa State, Kansas State, and Oklahoma.

The Texas Christian offense is led by sophomore Max Duggan. Duggan in six games has thrown five touchdowns on two interceptions with over 1,000 yards. The quarterback is very versatile and the Mountaineer defense will have another challenge for Saturday.

“What you do is you prepare for quarterback run game, whether it’s designed runs when they’re calling it or if it’s in the passing game,” Neal Brown commenting on Duggan’s game.

The dual threat quarterback also leads the Horned Frogs in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Duggan has rushed for six touchdowns on the year.

Darwin Barlow is the running back for TCU. Barlow on the year has 291 yards in six games with three touchdowns.

Duggan’s go-to target is Taye Barber. Barber has 27 catches for a little less than 300 yards and two touchdowns. The West Virginia secondary should put their full focus on the TCU receiver as Duggan targets Barber almost twice as much as his other receivers. 

This offense that the Mountaineers defense awaits is another high-scoring team as TCU averages 27 points per game. After WVU held a great Texas offense to a well-earned 17 points last weekend, it will be a shock if the Horned Frogs reach their average.

Last week was another consistent week by West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege. Doege threw for 317 yards on 35-50 passing. His streak of passing touchdowns finally came to an end last weekend.

Doege has almost went an entire month without throwing an interception with his last pick being against Kansas.

Leddie Brown injured his groin in the opening drive against Texas last weekend. Despite the injury, “The Baddest Man in Morgantown” reached the endzone in Austin to score in five consecutive games. The Philadelphia-born running back is listed as questionable for Saturday.

Neal Brown commented on Leddie’s injury.

“We’re going to take care of him this week, and we’re hopeful that he’ll play,” Brown said. “We won’t know until later in the week.” 

Alec Sinkfield will take over the running back duties if Brown can’t participate.

It will be interesting to see how the back end of the receiving core does this weekend. 

Last weekend, we saw players like Isaiah Esdale and Sean Ryan take a step up. Esdale finished with six catches for 60 yards, while Ryan finished with five catches for 36 yards.

This game is a must-win scenario for Neal Brown and his guys.

“This is a huge game for us. We’re excited about getting here at Mountaineer Field. I hope we get a good crowd,” Brown said. “The weather is going to be outstanding on Saturday.”

The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas Christian Horned Frogs will kick-off in Morgantown at noon. Coverage will be televised nationally on FOX.

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