Sunday, October 23, 2016

TCU Bringing Fireworks Show To Morgantown

Move over Baylor, it looks like you have company.

Before the season started, TCU head football coach Gary Patterson was on the hot seat and the Horned Frogs were expected to finished near the bottom of the Big 12 missing out on a bowl game.

Sound like another team you know?

TCU is coming off a 82-27 win over Texas Tech last Saturday. So the question was asked.

Will anyone ever hit 100?

“I don’t think so,” said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, who evaluated TCU’s 82-27 win over Texas Tech in preparation for Saturday’s matchup. “I mean, 82 is awful high. There’s things that have to exist on all three sides of the ball to hit a number that is that high.”

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Some accused Patterson of running the score up trying to earn style points, but all starters were pulled after the third quarter.

“It’s one of those games you can’t explain, but you know that you wish it wouldn’t have happened the way it did,” Patterson said this week. “A little bit of it had to do because of the flow of the first quarter, how it started so fast. It had a tendency to get to that point, one way or the other. … I’ve always been a guy that’s run the ball out, run the clock out.”

The big story for TCU has been the play of quarterback Travone Boykin, a former wide reciever.

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen supports his move back to wide receiver this weekend when TCU comes to Morgantown.

“Offensively, it starts with Boykin, their quarterback,” Holgorsen said. “Probably – well, not probably – he is the most improved player in college football. He is playing well. I thought he was good two years ago. As a true freshman, he came out here and beat us in overtime. Last year, I thought he was the best receiver on the field – possibly the best player on the field. I texted those guys earlier in the week and told them to move him back to receiver because he was so dang good.”

Boykin is easily the most improved player in the country and has found his way into the Heisman conversation.

While coaches normally shy away from Heisman chatter, Patterson embraced it and talked about what needs to happen for Boykin to have a chance.

“For Trevone Boykin to be a guy who can move into the top three, we’re going to have to win a lot in the next five games,” Patterson said. “If we win, that means he probably has some great stats. He’ll then be a guy who’s had a great year and will be considered.”

Boykin is coming off a seven touchdown performance against Texas Tech.

On the season, Boykin is 168 of 286 for 2,306 yards, 23 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.

TCU could be without wide receiver Josh Doctson who is nursing an injury, but Patterson expects he’ll make the trip to Morgantown. Doctson lit Oklahoma State up two weeks ago for 225 yards on 7 catches. He’s also averaging 16.4 yards per catch.

The Horned Frogs offense has been so explosive at home that the school ran out of fireworks. TCU has scored enough that the season supply of fireworks ran out and a new order had to be placed.

West Virginia hopes to provide its own fireworks this weekend behind the arm of Clint Trickett and receivers Mario Alford and Kevin White.

Teams are doubling White, which is opening opportunities for Alford and the Mountaineer run game behind Rushel Shell, Wendell Smallwood and Andrew Buie.

No matter what TCU has done to this point, Patterson knows this Saturday will be a challenge.

“You have to make them kick field goals,” Patterson said. “This game won’t be any different. You’re going to have to keep them out of the end zone. They’ve got some big-time weapons on offense and have really come on defensively. They blitzed Baylor hard and did a great job doing so. We’re going to have to get ready. We expect West Virginia to play its best game to date.”

With a national televised audience and College Gameday watching, the eyes of the college football world will once again be locked on Morgantown, West Virgina.






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