Once WVU Got Rolling, It Steamrolled TCU
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– After a slow start, West Virginia hit its stride and took a 47-10 victory over TCU Saturday afternoon at Mountaineer Field.
With the win, No. 9 WVU improved to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the Big 12 Conference. TCU, which has absorbed season-ending injuries to 21 players this year, fell for the fourth time in the last five games. The Horned Frogs (4-6/2-5) need to win both of their remaining regular season games to become bowl eligible.
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.
The onslaught continued in the second half with 23 more Mountaineer points in the first 20 minutes before the substitutes started to extended action.
West Virginia heads to Oklahoma State (5-4/2-4) next Saturday in Stillwater. The Cowboys are facing in-state rival Oklahoma this afternoon.