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Heading into this game there was plenty of concern that TCU’s football team might have been looking ahead to next week’s game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Those concerns were put to rest early as the Horned Frogs jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Horned Frog defense set the tone for the game on the first drive giving up only nine yards before forcing a punt. The Mountaineers first four drives resulted in three punts and a turnover on downs. Trevone Boykin’s passing and running abilities were on full display from TCU’s first drive on.  The Horned Frogs’ first drive took 12 plays and went 92 yards, ending with a 17 yard pass from Boykin to the Frogs leading receiver Josh Doctson for a touchdown.  The Horned Frogs next drive was much the same as their first with Boykin driving the team 81 yards down the field before flipping into the end zone on a 2 yard run to put TCU up 14-0.

Early in the second quarter the West Virginia offense finally found a little traction with a 5 play 53 yard drive of their own that ended with a 32 yard touchdown pass from Skyler Howard to Shelton Gibson to close the gap to 7-17. After forcing a TCU punt on the ensuing drive the Mountaineers went on an 8 play 54 yard drive that resulted in a 51 yard Josh Lambert field goal to bring West Virginia within one score at 10-17. TCU’s Jaden Oberkrom wasn’t going to be out kicked on his own field and on the Horned Frogs next two drives he nailed a 23 yard field goal and drilled a 57 yard field goal to end the half with a 23-10 TCU lead.

Coming out of the half TCU scored on it’s first two possessions with Boykin throwing touchdown passes of 7 yards to Kyle Hicks and 9 yards to Josh Doctson to put the Horned Frogs ahead 37-10. After falling behind 37-10 the Mountaineers had their last chance at a comeback snuffed out on failed fourth down conversion from the Horned Frog 18 yard line. The rest of the game resulted in four punts, a 44 yard TCU field goal to make the score 40-10 and a TCU interception of a Skyler Howard pass that stopped West Virginia’s last hope of scoring.

GAME STATS

WEST VIRGINIA

TCU

1st Downs  21 35
3rd Down Eff  4-17 5-13
4th Down Eff  1-3 1-1
Total Yards 327 616
Passing Yds  160 388
Pass Comp 16-39 32-48
Yds Per Pass  4.1 8.1
Rushing Yds  167 228
Rush Att  37 40
Yds Per Rush  4.5 5.7
Penalties  9-114 9-100
Turnovers  1 0
Fumbles lost  0 0
Picks Thrown 1 0
Final Score 10 40
1st Qtr 0 17
2nd Qtr 10 6
3rd Qtr 0 14
4th Qtr 0 3

 

KEY POINT IN THE GAME

With the Mountaineers trailing 10-37 and a little more than five minutes left in the 3rd quarter West Virginia went for it on fourth and five from the TCU 18.  Skyler Howard was able to connect with running back Wendell Smallwood who was slowed by the initial TCU defender before a slew of other Horned Frog defenders arrived to finish off the play for a one yard gain and turnover on downs. The stop ended any chances of a West Virginia comeback in the game.

EMPTYING THE NOTEBOOK

It was a record setting night for the Horned Frogs. Josh Doctson broke the school record for most receptions in a season when he caught his 67th pass of the year.

Kicker Jaden Oberkrom tied the school record for longest field goal with his 57 yard kick.

Trevone Boykin was doing crazy things on the football field last night. Enjoy a small sample:

West Virginia probably won’t be including whoever does the football schedules on their Holiday Greeting card list

Finally and maybe most importantly it’s always awesome to see stories like this one!

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