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Wednesday Wind Down: Back in the win column

The West Virginia Mountaineers did what felt like was the inevitable, win on the road. West Virginia beat TCU 29-17 on Saturday, but now will try to see if they can keep that momentum going into a home matchup against No. 22 Iowa State.

Many times when a team is struggling, many people will point to certain games as a “get right game.” TCU certainly could have been that for West Virginia. The Mountaineers ran the ball the best they had all season, and the offensive line played a different kind of football. Quarterback Jarret Doege, looked good, and the defense was all over the field, causing turnovers.

This game was a sigh of relief for Mountaineer fans. Many people were beginning to question if head coach Neal Brown’s starting job should be in jeopardy, but he and his team came out.

Fans can relax for the time being, but their blood pressure will soon be rising again as the Mountaineers will try to defeat the Cyclones this weekend for the first time since 2017 and after getting throttled 42-6 last season.

The Cyclones were a top-10 team nationally when the season started, and is beginning to get on track. They have had a very good October, winning all three games this month, including an upset of Oklahoma State last week.

The Mountaineers have one top-25 win at home this season, and will try to make it a second. This game also marks the beginning of quite the gauntlet of home games for West Virginia to close out the season. After Iowa State, West Virginia is home against Oklahoma State before traveling to Kansas State, to then return to face Texas.

Right now fans need to not look down the road, but as this season on a week-to-week basis. Say West Virginia wins out — they would have eight wins.

The Mountaineers picking up their first Big 12 win was not too impactful on the Big 12 standings, but this team will certainly have the chance to play spoiler in the upcoming weeks. West Virginia is tied for seventh at 1-3, but could hand Iowa State their second conference loss, as they sit at second in the conference at the moment.

Fans can overreact or not care about this team’s win on the road against TCU. However, winning on the road is hard, and if they can repeat what they did well against the Horned Frogs, this team should set themselves up for some exciting football down the stretch this season.

Photo by Dale Sparks, All Pro Photography

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