BGN Players of the Game - TCU

Charles Sims and Darwin Cook were named Players of the Game for their performances in West Virginia's 30-27 overtime win at TCU.

Sims, who rushed for a season-high 154 yards, won in a landslide, while Cook edged Kyle Rose and Nick Kwiatkoski in the closest defensive vote this year after totaling a team-best 14 tackles with one fumble recovery and a pass break-up. The performances by Rose and Kwiatkoski, who has won the award this season, were equally impressive. Rose, a lineman, had seven tackles, 1.5 for loss, and
Offensive Player of the Game
Charles Sims
189 total yds/2 TD/154 rush yds
contributed in key moments in both run and pass defense. Kwiatkoski also had seven tackles, 1.5 for loss, and added an interception on the first TCU play of the game to set-up the first of three Josh Lambert field goals.

All three helped West Virginia (4-5) at least limit a TCU attack that was solid in the first and fourth quarters, but largely stagnant in the game's middle stages. WVU still gave up 454 yards, but was far better in creating turnovers, with four, and in third down situations. The Mountaineers stopped the Horned Frogs nine of 15 times, including a third and 30 that gave the offense the opportunity to win when TCU missed a 62-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime.

From there, Sims carried for 11 yards to give Lambert all the distance help he needed for the 34-yard game-winning kick. Sims, who scored on a 31-yard run and a 13-yard pass, tallied the third-most yardage in a game in his college career; he rushed for 210 and 158 yards in games while at Houston.
Defensive Player of the Game
Darwin Cook
14 tackles/1 fumble rec., 1 PBU
Lambert, along with Daikiel Shorts, was also a nominee for Offensive Player of the Game honors after converting on all three of his field goal attempts.

Shorts finished with six catches for 98 yards. But neither of the latter two came close to the performance of Sims, who had his best game as a Mountaineer. The back also caught three passes for 35 yards and the score which finished an improbable rally from down 17-3 to a 27-17 lead via 24 consecutive points. Sims himself was responsible for half of the scoring in leading West Virginia to its first road win of the season.

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