Late Surge Gives WVU A 24-3 Halftime Lead Over TCU
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– After a slow start, West Virginia hit its stride and took a 24-3 lead into the lockerroom at halftime in Saturday’s meeting with TCU.
The Mountaineer offense had just two first downs in the opening quarter and was shutout through the first 15 minutes for the first time this season.
TCU mounted a 10-play, 65-yard drive on its initial possession of the game, but settled for a 30-yard Jonathan Song field goal. The Horned Frogs led 3-0 at that point, and maintained that advantage until Evan Staley gave WVU three of its own when his 47-yard field goal try hit the left upright but fell over the crossbar.
Tied 3-3 11 seconds into the second quarter, West Virginia’s offense eventually got going. A 76-yard drive was capped by a Kennedy McKoy TD run of 33 yards, and the Mountaineers led 10-3.
That opened the floodgates.
TCU mishandled the ensuing kickoff, and WVU’s Exree Loe recovered at the visitors’ 17. Five plays later, Martell Pettaway powered in from one yard out, giving West Virginia a 17-3 lead with 3:42 left in the half.
After a quick Horned Frog three-and-out, Mountaineer quarterback Will Grier found tight end Travon Wesco running free down the sideline. The easy pitch and catch resulted in a 33-yard touchdown and a 24-3 WVU lead, which it took into the lockerrom at halftime.
Grier completed 15-of-25 passes for 198 yards in the first half. McKoy and Pettaway each had 31 rushing yards, as WVU totaled 71 on the ground.
TCU quarterback Mike Collins completed 9-of-18 passes for 101 yards, but the Horned Frogs managed just 13 rushing yards in the first half.
Texas Christian will get the second half kickoff.