No. 5 TCU hammers West Virginia in Fort Worth

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Heisman hopeful quarterback Trevone Boykin threw for 388 yards and three touchdowns, ran for 84 yards and a score and led No. 5 TCU to a blowout win at home against West Virginia. Here's some insight and analysis from the romp.

  • ·         Before tonight’s game, the last three meetings between West Virginia and TCU were decided by a combined five points. Last year’s game came down to a last second field goal, and the previous two matchups went to overtime – double OT in 2012- before being decided.
  • ·         Cornerback Terrell Chestnut, who seemed doubtful to suit up due to a shoulder injury he suffered against Baylor, did just that and started tonight against TCU. He appeared to re-aggravate the shoulder as the game wore on. WVU’s secondary was stretched thin before this game, and that issue only got worse tonight.
  • ·         WVU had never started a season 0-4 in conference play in program history before tonight. In the month of October, WVU played four top-25 teams, including two top-five teams on the road to start conference play.
  • ·         Senior Isaiah Bruce, who has been a linebacker to this point in his career, saw action at defensive end tonight.
  • ·         Heisman Trophy candidate Trevone Boykin didn’t wait long to make his mark on this game, leading the Horned Frogs on a 12-play, 91 yard touchdown drive on their first possession of the game. Boykin capped the drive by finding leading receiver Josh Doctson for a 17-yard touchdown strike.
  • ·         The Mountaineers weren’t able to answer the bell, going three-and-out on their ensuing possession.
  • ·         On TCU’s first two drives of the game, West Virginia allowed three third down conversions via pass interference penalties. The Horned Frogs scored touchdowns on both of those drives, putting WVU in a 14-0 hole early in the first quarter.
  • ·         West Virginia was outgained 179-51 in the first quarter. Mountaineer quarterback Skyler Howard went 4-for-9 for 33 yards in the quarter, while Boykin went 8-for-10 for 124 yards and a touchdown, and added a rushing score.
  • ·         Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson’s unit bowed its neck after a couple of early scores, forcing TCU to settle for a field goal in the red zone, then forcing back-to-back punts to allow WVU’s offense to climb back into the game mid-way through the second quarter.
  • ·         West Virginia, which looked on the verge of being run out of the building early, cut TCU’s lead to 17-10 with four and a half minutes left in the first half when kicker Josh Lambert boomed a 51 yard field goal.
  • ·         Unforced errors and miscues have plagued West Virginia over the last month, and the Mountaineers kept that trend going in the first half against TCU, committing seven penalties for 89 yards in the game’s first 30 minutes.
  • ·         TCU kicker Jaden Oberkrom tied a school record with a 57 yard field goal on the final play of the first half, pushing the Horned Frogs’ lead to 23-10 heading into the locker room.
  • ·         The Horned Frogs kept the ball rolling on their first possession of the second half, marching 65 yards on seven plays and adding to their lead when Boykin tossed a seven yard touchdown to Kyle Hicks to extend the TCU lead to 30-10.
  • ·         Boykin and the Horned Frogs poured it on with their second drive of the second half, which ended with Josh Docton’s second touchdown of the game and effectively ended West Virginia’s chances at springing the upset.

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