Thursday, October 27, 2016

Swoopes and Texas vs Trickett and West Virginia

By Kelsie Vanderwijst, staff writer

WVU has traveled to Austin, Texas to face the Longhorns today after a disappointing TCU loss. Following an 82 point game against Texas Tech, WVU’s defense knew they had a big task at hand. They held them to only 31 points and kept Trevone Boykin to one touchdown and forced one interception. After an impressive first drive that lead to a WVU touchdown, and a punt from TCU, high hopes filled Milan Puskar stadium. WVU took a 13-0 lead in the first quarter, but TCU showed how quickly they can score with a touchdown only taking 3:52 off the clock. Everything quickly went downhill for West Virginia offense. On WVU’s next drive, Rushel Shell fumbled, but the defense was able to hold and force TCU to punt. The very next possession, Clint Trickett threw an interception, but again the defense was able to force a TCU punt. Late in the second quarter, KJ Dillon intercepted Boykin’s pass, but the offense was not able to capitalize. About midway through the 4th quarter Terrell Chestnut recovered a TCU fumble and ran it back for a touchdown. In the end, it seemed that a whole new WVU offense took the field and TCU won with a field goal- 31-30.

WVU proved last week that no matter how good your defense plays and how many times they bail the offense out, a team simply cannot win without an offense. So the question today is, which quarterback will lead their team to victory today?

Texas is coming off of a 34-13 win against Texas Tech, led by sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes (6’4’’ 243).

Tyrone Swoopes SO QB

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His freshman year at Texas, Swoopes played as a reserve quarterback playing in six games, seeing his first career action against TCU. In the 2014 season he has played in all eight games and has started in the last seven. Swoopes has continued to grow as a player with more experience each week. He had a streak of 77 passes without an interception, the 10th longest in Texas Universities history, that ended against Baylor. Against Oklahoma, he rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown, to give him 384 offensive yards and three touchdowns. This offensive stats was the most ever in the Red River Showdown history. He also become the 5th Longhorn quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards and rush for at least 50 yards in a game. His impressive stats do not stop there.

He is the first Texas quarterback to throw for over 300 yards and run for over 50 yards in consecutive games. Swoopes has also earned honorable mention for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the week for his performance against Iowa State. Against Kansas State, he completed 13 of 15 passes for 106 yards, and ran for 31 yards on eight carries to earn the team’s offensive player of the week.

2014 156 263 1723 59.3 6.55 68 9 5 17 121.8 45.9 52.7
2013 5 13 26 38.5 2.00 8 0 0 2 55.3 25.6 41.4

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Then there is WVU’s senior quarterback, Clint Trickett.

Clint Trickett RS SR QB

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After having to sit out from transferring from Florida State and have major shoulder surgery, Trickett has become a huge force to be reckoned with, leading WVU to an unexpected successful season. He is a semifinalist for the Davy O’Brien Award, given to the nation’s top quarterback. Trickett is currently fourth with 2,925 passing yards this season.

2014 233 345 2925 67.5 8.48 79 18 7 20 151.9 70.9 78.6
2013 123 233 1605 52.8 6.89 76 7 7 16 114.6 36.3 52.9
2012 22 34 272 64.7 8.00 40 0 0 0 131.9 76.9 73.0
2011 44 72 675 61.1 9.38 69 7 4 8 160.8 43.5 54.3


No matter the two quarterbacks’ experience and statistics, the winner today will be whoever’s team is more prepared on all sides of the ball, and who wants the win more. With a record of 4-5 Texas is looking to beat a top team in the Big 12 to show that they should be a team to watch out for in upcoming seasons with a young, but improving quarterback. At 6-3 after a disappointing loss, WVU is looking to put that behind them and show the nation that they are still a contender.

Kick-off is today at 3:30 and can be seen on Fox Sports 1

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