Spooked WVU Falls To No. 10 TCU

TCU kicker Jaden Oberkrom kicked a 37-yard field goal in the final seconds to lead the 10th-ranked Horned Frogs to a 31-30 victory over No. 20 West Virginia in Morgantown.

After the Mountaineers took a 27-14 lead midway through the third quarter, TCU would outscore WVU 17-3 to stun the boisterous crowd of 61,190 at Milan Puskar Stadium. The loss ends the Mountaineers' four-game winning streak.

West Virginia’s (6-3, 4-2 Big 12 Conference) offense, which came into the game ranked No. 10 in total offense, finished with just 357 yards and turned the ball over a season-high five turnovers against TCU (7-1, 4-1). The win likely makes next weekend's winner between the Horned Frogs and Kansas State the favorite to win the Big 12. WVU likely lost its opportunity to win the conference crown.

“I’ll take responsibility for what happened out there on offense. It’s unacceptable. It was bad,” said WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen.

The Mountaineers’ fourth-quarter offense was pathetic compared to its standards. They ran just nine plays and lost two yards. TCU had 164 yards – 100 of that on the ground.

WVU quarterback Clint Trickett was as ineffective as he’s been all season long. He was just 15-of-26 for 162 yards and one touchdown. He had two interceptions and was careless with the ball for much of the contest.

“Clint was incredibly uncomfortable. Their rush was good. He was uneasy in the pocket and got spooked. If we just sat back and threw the ball, we would’ve been in trouble,” Holgorsen said.

The Mountaineers’ best offensive player receiver Kevin White was held to three catches for 28 and didn’t make an impact in the second half.

No offensive players were made available for interviews after the game.

The two teams combined to turn the ball over seven times, but the Mountaineers coughed it up five times. It is the third time in the last two seasons that a Holgorsen-coached team has thrown two interceptions and fumbled at least three times. All of those games ended in losses for the Mountaineers.

After starting the game by scoring 13 points on its first three drives, WVU would go eight straight possessions ending in either a fumble, interception or punt. It would finish the game by punting three times and going three-and-out on all three of its fourth-quarter possessions.

TCU wasn’t much better on offense, but the Horned Frogs were able to score when it counted in the fourth quarter. Running back B.J. Catalon had the biggest impact on the game. He finished with 20 carries for 105 yards and two decisive fourth-quarter touchdowns.

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin struggled, finishing with 166 yards on 12-of-30 passes but the running game made up for his inconsistency.

The Horned Frogs finished with 389 total yards of offense – 223 of that on the ground.


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