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Turnovers Hurt Mountaineers, TCU Escapes

In a game that was every bit of the billing, No. 7 TCU came to Morgantown and defeated No 20 West Virginia 31-30 on a field goal with 4 seconds remaining. The Mountaineers turned the ball over five times on the day, but TCU made enough plays in th end.

Both quarterbacks would struggle on the day often missing on open receivers or turning the football over.

Clint Trickett finished up 15 of 26 for 162-yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin went 12 of 30 for 166-yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.

The Horned Frog running attack was led by B.J. Catalon with finished with 103-yards on 19 carries and 2 touchdowns.

West Virginia would get the scoring started when they marched down the field on the opening possession of the game. Behind a steady ground attack, Clint Trickett found Mario Alford for the 23-yard touchdown pass.

7-0 West Virginia.

The Mountaineer defense would hold TCU to a 3-and-out forcing a punt, which Vernon Davis secured for WVU.

WVU would drive the field once again to be stopped on 3rd and short inside the 5-yard line. Josh Lambert would come on to connect from 23-yards out.

10-0 Mountaineers.

TCU would botch the kickoff and West Virginia would recover. Josh Lambert would come on to add another, connecting from 44-yards away. 13-0 WVU.

The Horned Frogs would respond when Travone Boykin would find Deante’ Gray for the 47-yard touchdown pass.

13-7 West Virginia.

That would be the score at the end of the first quarter.

The Mountaineers would drive early in the second quarter, then the TCU defense forced a Rushel Shell fumble. The WVU defense would once again hold forcing another Horned Frog punt.

The TCU defense would step up when they intercepted the Clint Trickett pass putting the ball on the WVU 21-yard line. But in a game that turned defensive, the WVU defense would forced after punting keeping the score 13-7.

West Virginia would fumble again late in the third quarter, but TCU returned the favor when K.J. Dillon intercepted Boykin with 3:28 left in the first half.

Both teams would head to the locker room with West Virginia leading 13-7.

In a game that expected both offenses to shine, it was the defenses that led the way. WVU turned the football over three times in the first half, but managed to keep the lead at the break.


Team Stat Comparison



1st Downs 5 13
3rd down efficiency
2-7 5-12
4th down efficiency
0-0 0-0
Total Yards 129 236
Passing 73 108
5-16 13-21
Yards per pass
4.6 5.1
Rushing 56 128
Rushing Attempts
13 32
Yards per rush
4.3 4.0
Penalties 3-25 3-25
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles lost
0 2
Interceptions thrown
1 1
Possession 9:38 20:22


The turnover trend would show its face again early in the second half would continue for West Virginia when a miscommunication between Tyler Orlosky and Clint Trickett led to another fumble, and another TCU recovery.

Boykin could cap off another short scoring drive when he scored from 2-yards out, giving TCU a 14-13 lead.

West Virginia would find life after Dreamius Smith had a 50-yard gain, he would then cap the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.

WVU leads 20-14 with 6:51 left in the 3rd quarter.

The Mountaineer defense would attack on the next TCU possession.

That’s when Terrell Chestnut stripped the TCU receiver, and took the fumble to the house for the Mountaineer touchdown, extending the WVU lead to 27-14.

With the West Virginia defense rolling, the Mountaineer offense would turn it over once again leading to a B.J. Catalon 23-yard touchdown run making it 27-21 with 2:25 left in the 3rd quarter.

That score would remain at the end of the quarter.

WVU would open the scoring when Lambert connected again from 23-yards making it 30-21 with 14:56 left in the 4th quarter.

The TCU offensive could come to life mid-way through the 4th quarter.

TCU running back B.J. Catalon would cap off a 51-yard drive with he found the endzone from 6-yards out making it 30-28.

The West Virginia defense would once again hold when TCU went on 4th down with 3:46 left and failed to convert, but the Mountaineer offense would remain conservative and gave the ball back to the Horned Frogs.

Jake Oberkrom would come on to kick a 37-yard field goal for the win, and the kick was good.

TCU wins 31-30.

West Virginia hits the road next weekend to play at Texas.


Team Stat Comparison



1st Downs 16 17
3rd down efficiency
5-15 6-19
4th down efficiency
0-1 0-0
Total Yards 389 357
Passing 166 162
12-30 15-26
Yards per pass
5.5 6.2
Rushing 223 195
Rushing Attempts
42 54
Yards per rush
5.3 3.6
Penalties 5-40 6-40
Turnovers 2 5
Fumbles lost
1 3
Interceptions thrown
1 2
Possession 26:55 33:05







jerry McGhee
Lead recruiting analyst covering the West Virginia Mountaineers for
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