MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – (November 14, 2020) – The West Virginia football team defeated the Texas Christian Horned Frogs by a final score of 24-6 on Saturday afternoon.
WVU coach Neal Brown was very satisfied from his players and staff.
“This was a huge win for us. I’m really proud of our players and staff,” Brown said. “We talked about it this week, but it matters how you play.”
“When you go out and play this game that we are extremely blessed to have the opportunity to play, especially with all that’s going on pandemic wise and everything, it matters what you put on tape. It matters how you play,” Brown added.
In his first possession of the game, Jarret Doege was able to lead the Mountaineers (5-3, 4-3 Big 12) down the field for a 99-yard drive, finishing the drive with a quarterback sneak by Doege himself.
The junior quarterback finished the game with two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. The Lubbock native had 212 yards on 19-26 passing.
TJ Simmons had one of his best games in a Mountaineer uniform. The former Crimson Tide receiver reached the end zone twice today scoring in the second and the fourth quarters.
The redshirt senior finished with 90 yards and four catches along with his two touchdowns.
Leddie Brown approached this game against the Horned Frogs (3-4, 3-4 Big 12) as a day-to-day injury potentially holding him back from playing today. Brown, as tough as he is, was able to start the game and finish the game today.
The junior from Philadelphia had 24 carries for 156 yards against TCU. Brown is three yards shy of 900 yards on the season.
Other notable offensive players include Winston Wright with six catches for 47 yards, and Sean Ryan with four catches for 31 yards.
The defense for the West Virginia Mountaineers continues to show why they’re one of, if not, the best defense in the country.
West Virginia allowed six points on two field goals all game despite not having Josh Chandler-Semedo.
His replacement, Exree Loe, was second on the team with 12 tackles and a tackle for loss. Tony Fields once again led the defense with 14 tackles.
The Mountaineers created two turnovers on Saturday with a muffed TCU punt return and a Tykee Smith interception in the fourth quarter. This was Smith’s first interception on the season, making that the eighth WVU defender with an interception.
Texas Christian’s defensive-minded coach Gary Patterson gave West Virginia credit after the game.
“They’re good on defense,” Patterson said. “If you’re going to win on the road, you have to be able to take ball games, and you can’t win with field goals, so it’s very simple.”
“I think you’ve got to give West Virginia a little bit of credit,” Patterson added.
The West Virginia defense allowed only 295 total yards on the day, which is just a little bit over their average allowed.
If you want to find something WVU can improve on as they go on a bye week, that would be once again the penalty problem. The Mountaineers were called on 10 penalties throughout the game that resulted in 85 yards for the Horned Frogs.
TCU was called on just three penalities.
The West Virginia Mountaineers will have an extra week to prepare to welcome the Oklahoma Sooners in Morgantown on Nov. 28.