The Mountaineers are looking for quite the improvement this week after taking a massive loss to Baylor before the bye week. TCU is also looking to bounce back, having lost by a similar score margin to Oklahoma a week ago.
Mountaineer fans have wondered about the quarterback situation as the season has gone on. Jarret Doege, the Big 12’s leader in passing yards per game, will get the start, however speedy backup Garrett Greene will see playing time this game as well according to head coach Neal Brown.
Regardless of who calls the signals, WVU’s offense has a massive opportunity against the TCU defense, which ranks second from the bottom in the league so far.
Be sure to stick here for updates as the game unfolds.
FINAL: West Virginia defeats TCU to break the losing skid and earn the first road win of the season, 29-17.
1:17: WVU drives into the red zone, eating plenty of clock along the way. The Mountaineers turn the ball over on downs on the TCU 17 — it looks like this one is over.
5:15: The Mountaineers force another turnover, again at the hands of Charles Woods. Sean Mahone rips the ball out of Quentin Johnston’s hands after a 29-yard gain, and Woods picks up the loose ball. Mountaineers take over on their own 43.
5:39: The Mountaineers get their fourth big play of the game as Doege finds Bryce Ford-Wheaton for 27 yards, but that’s just about it — Ford-Wheaton gets the ball on a jet sweep two plays later but is held for a loss, then Doege finds him again over the middle for a 10-yard gain to bring up 4th and 2. Casey Legg comes on to try the 38-yarder, but it is blocked by Ochaun Mathis and taken back to the TCU 14.
9:00: TCU tries to feed their running backs, calling five straight runs to start the drive. The sole pass attempt from Duggan falls incomplete, then they go right back to Zach Evans on the ground. They try to go for it on fourth down and 2, but the Mountaineers stuff Evans behind the line to get the ball back on their own 40.
TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (29-17) – 12:26: Neal Brown calls three straight run plays for Leddie Brown, who dashes in up the gut from three yards out. That’s his third touchdown of the night. WVU opts to go for two, but fail.TCU
13:45: Duggan throws a pick on the first play of the drive to Charles Woods, who returns it 32 yards to the TCU 15 yard line. West Virginia is in easy striking distance now.
13:58: WVU runs eight plays, but can only muster 35 yards down the field. The Mountaineers punt and give the Horned Frogs the ball on their own 20 after the touchback.
END 3Q: West Virginia leads 23-17 with one quarter to go.
2:13: West Virginia forces the first three-and-out of the night — TCU punts and pins WVU on its own 13, familiar territory for the Mountaineers tonight.
FIELD GOAL WVU (23-17) – 3:56: Bryce Ford-Wheaton dashes for the first down on the opening drive, but Mike O’Laughlin gets whistled for false start on the ensuing set of downs to stall the drive. Legg goes again, this time from 49 yards — and he stays perfect.
6:46: TCU gets the ball moving little by little into WVU territory, setting up 3rd and 4 on the Mountaineer 23. Duggan tries to throw an out route, but Darryl Porter Jr. jumps the throw and picks it off, taking it back 43 yards before Duggan shoves him out. The Mountaineers take over on the TCU 42.
11:49: Mike O’Laughlin makes his first major contributions to the offense on the night, adding two big catches to chop down a 1st and 20 situation for a first down. Three downs later, though, WVU has to punt — and TCU gets the ball after a touchback.
WVU receives the opening kickoff. Winston Wright gets the Mountaineers up to the 32 yards line after an offsides call against TCU on the first kick of the half.
END 2Q: Leddie Brown runs it 5 yards to run the clock out. West Virginia leads 20-17 and will receive to open the second half.
FIELD GOAL TCU (20-17) – 0:14: The West Virginia defense hangs tough to keep TCU to a field goal as the Horned Frogs run nine plays for 73 yards. That’s the last score of the half, giving West Virginia the lead as they head to the locker room.
TOUCHDOWN WVU (20-13) – 2:51: Leddie Brown’s done it again — he punches it in from one yard out to give the Mountaineers the lead back as the first half winds down. Jarret Doege has looked good, adding a perfect 3-for-3 passing performance on this drive for 56 more yards, while adding eight yards with his feet. He’s up to an 11-of-13, 149-yard statline on the night.
TOUCHDOWN TCU (14-13) – 5:17: The Horned Frogs move down the field in nine plays and cap it off by going for it on fourth down. Duggan gets an empty backfield, WVU mans up, but decide to double-cover Quentin Johnston, leaving Taye Barber open in the corner for the score. The offense was aided by a pass interference penalty against WVU’s Charles Woods, but other than that, the Horned Frogs were able to move the ball quite well through the air.
FIELD GOAL WVU (13-7) – 9:07: Garrett Greene steps in at quarterback for a drive and makes an immediate impact. After handing the ball off to Tony Mathis for a small gain and taking a false start penalty, Greene pulls it on the zone read and takes it 67 yards to the TCU 27 yard line. That’s the last substantial play on the series, though, as WVU gains just six more yards on the next three plays to set up a 38-yard make for Casey Legg. The WVU kicker is still perfect on the season in his seventh game.
12:27: Duggan gets another chunk play, throwing to running back Zach Evans for a 12-yard gain on second down. That’s really it for TCU, though, as the Horned Frogs once again punt and pin WVU inside its own 10.
END 1Q: West Virginia leads TCU after one, 10-7.
0:00: Duggan opens TCU’s second drive with another big connection to Quentin Johnston, this time for 17 yards — but that takes the game to the end of the quarter.
TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (10-7) – 0:07: Whole field? No problem! Leddie Brown punctuates a 93-yard drive by the Mountaineers, who drive the field in 15 plays and just under eight minutes. Neal Brown calls on the ground game for this one — nine of those plays were calls for the running backs, with Tony Mathis giving Leddie a bit of spell in the first part of Horned Frog territory. Doege adds four completions to the drive as well.
7:54: QB Max Duggan opens the drive with a 19-yard completion to Quentin Johnston, following that up with a couple of medium gains. It stalls shortly after that, though, as the Mountaineers stuff Zach Evans on 1st down and force an incompletion on 2nd. Dante Stills seals the deal with a 7-yard sack of Duggan, forcing TCU to punt. The Mountaineers take over on their own 6 yard line.
FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (7-3) – 10:57: The ball gets moving for the WVU offense behind Jarret Doege. The starting QB completes his first four passes, including a 44-yard connection to Sean Ryan to sniff the red zone. His first incompletion is helped out by a pass interference against TCU, getting WVU over the 20 yard line. The Mountaineers get a 3rd and 4 situation, but are forced to kick a field goal.
TOUCHDOWN TCU (7-0) – 14:46: Well, that was fast. Derius Davis gets the Horned Frogs up on the opening kickoff with a 100-yard touchdown return.
TCU will receive the opening kickoff.