The Mountaineers, which have one of the worst statistical defenses in the country in just about every category, weren't awful vs. TCU in the 39-38 two-overtime loss over the Horned Frogs. In fact, WVU was downright stingy on defense many times. West Virginia held TCU to 405 total yards and didn't allow many big plays outside of a second quarter touchdown pass. The Mountaineers were tough on third down for much of the contest for really the first time this season. They handled the dual threat nature of quarterback Trevone Boykin well, too. "We played good. We responded to all the criticism and scrutiny they've been under," said head coach Dana Holgorsen. "We've gotten better defensively." When it counted most, West Virginia's defense toughened up. On third-and-goal from the WVU 4-yard line late in the third quarter, Boykin dropped back to pass and looked over the middle of the field. But, he found the...
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