FOR AND AGAINST
Josh Doctson is the only player in TCU history to score a touchdown for and against the Horned Frogs. He is also the lone active player in college football to reach the end zone for and against his current school. Who did Johnson play for while recording a TD against TCU?
GAME DAY RECORDS
TCU is 4-0 when ESPN’s College GameDay is present. The Horned Frogs won at BYU in 2009 and at home versus Utah later that season. GameDay was also at Utah in 2010 and at the 2011 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. West Virginia is 0-1, having dropped a home game to LSU in 2011.
ON THE RUN
With the running ability of TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin in play, will West Virginia be able to send all-out blitzes in the manner it has employed over the past couple of games?
A year ago, keeping Boykin in the pocket was the preferred approach. This year, it's not such an easy decision. Boykin is completing nearly 59% of his throws, and has suffered just three interceptions this season.
West Virginia's linebackers have received criticism over the past couple of seasons for some shortcomings on pass defense, but this year they have improved in that role. Mountaineer linebackers have accounted for eight of WVU's 20 credited pass breakups, with Wes Tonkery's four leading the entire team.
ON THE MOVE
TCU is playing in its fifth league in an 18-year span after participating in just two leagues over an 86-year period.
1909-22 Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1923-95 Southwest Conference
1996-00 Western Athletic Conference
2001-04 Conference USA
2005-11 Mountain West
2012-pres. Big 12 Conference
TCU accepted an invitation to the Big East in 2010, but never played a game in the conference and left before becoming an official member, otherwise the number would have been six.
At a time when rosters tend to shrink due to the cumulative effect of a season's wear and tear, WVU is actually experiencing a bit of a boost. Dontrill Hyman, who had knee surgery, returned to duty against Oklahoma State to provide valuable depth (and size) to the defensive line. Cornerback Terrell Chestnut and running back Rushel Shell are also expected back this week, further adding to the West Virginia depth chart.
Playing for Wyoming in 2011, Doctson had a seven-yard touchdown reception for the Cowboys. Fortunately for him in his current situation, TCU will won that game, 31-20.