|3rd down efficiency||2-15||3-12|
|4th down efficiency||0-0||3-3|
|Yards per pass||6.2||9.0|
|Yards per rush||-0.3||4.1|
|David Sills V||6||71||11.8||1||23|
|Gary Jennings Jr.||5||58||11.6||1||34|
The West Virginia Mountaineers (8-1, 6-1) beat down the Texas Christian Horned Frogs (4-6, 2-5) 47-10 in front of 60,007 fans at Mountaineer Field. Neither team could get into rhythm offensively until West Virginia broke the game open midway through the second quarter.
TCU won the toss, differed to the second half and WVU elected to receive the kickoff.
The Mountaineer offense was held to a three and out on their opening drive. A one-yard run by Kennedy McKoy and an eight-yard toss and catch from Will Grier to David Sills came up just short and West Virginia was forced to punt.
After a 43-yard punt by Billy Kinney to the Horned Frog 22-yard line, quarterback Mike Collins and the TCU offense drove 65 yards on 10 plays. Collins and receiver Jalen Reagor hooked up on a 35-yard completion to help set up Jonathan Song for a 30-yard field goal for the early 3-0 lead.
On West Virginia’s third offensive series of the game, Grier connected with receiver Gary Jennings for a 34-yard completion. The offense stalled at the TCU 34-yard line. Evan Staley banged it in off the left upright from 47 yards out tying it up at three, early in the second quarter.
Both defenses were limiting the offenses, till West Virginia put together a five play 76-yard drive that was capped off by a 33-yard touchdown run from Kennedy McKoy for the game’s first touchdown and West Virginia’s first lead of the game.
On the kickoff, Evan Staley kicked it high and short and fell right in front of the returner and a scramble for the ball ensued. Exree Loe recovered the ball and the Mountaineers got the ball at the TCU 17-yard line.
The Mountaineers made quick work of the great field position on five plays. A pass from Grier to Simms for seven yards and a three-yard run by McKoy set up back to back runs by Martel Pettaway to punch it in for six and WVU had a 17-3 lead.
The defense held the Horned Frogs to a three and out on the following series giving the ball right back to a hot West Virginia offense.
Will Grier and the offense struck quick. Pettway had a run and a catch combining for 32 yards, then Grier found a wide-open Trevon Wesco streaking up the middle of the field for the touchdown and the Mountaineers took a 24-7 lead into halftime.
After a slow start the Mountaineers totaled up 269 yards of offense. Will Grier was 15-25 for 198 yards and a touchdown. Martell Pettaway had six carries for 31 yards and Kennedy McKoy had eight touches through the ground and air totaling 61 yards and a touchdown.
The West Virginia defense held TCU to only 114 total yards and three points.
To start the second half, TCU kick returner Emari Demercado muffed the kick at the one-yard line; however, he recovered it at the four. The Mountaineer defense didn’t waste an opportunity to put points on the board and on third and six they pressured Collins; consequently, forced him to throw it away and on an intentional grounding call in the endzone resulted in a safety.
After the free kick the Mountaineers started their drive near midfield a 53-yard pass from Grier to Marcus Simms set up back to back run for Kennedy McKoy to punch it in giving the Mountaineers the 33-3 advantage.
On the following Horned Frog possession, the West Virginia defense held TCU in their own territory forcing a punt. Punter Adam Nunez kicked it short but caught a break as the ball bounced into a WVU player and TCU recovered at the Mountaineer 43-yard line.
TCU scored their first touchdown just three plays later as Collins hit Taye Barber for 15 yards then Jalen Reagor for the 28-yard touchdown pass.
Towards the end of the third quarter, the Mountaineer defense gave the offense good field position yet again and the Mountaineers found the paint increasing their lead 40-10. Trevon Wesco hauled in a 23-yard pass to set up a Gary Jennings eight-yard touchdown catch.
West Virginia started their final scoring drive at the beginning of the fourth quarter on a ten play 65-yard drive as they methodically moved the ball down the field. They moved the ball behind running backs Martell Pettaway and Leddie Brown as they combined for 34 yards and David Sill caught a four-yard touchdown pass on a slant pattern. The Mountaineers went on to win 47-10.
|David Long Jr.||6||5||3||4||3||0||0|
|Kenny Robinson Jr.||4||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Toyous Avery Jr.||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Derrek Pitts Jr.||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|