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WVU lost a heartbreaker today at home to TCU. TCU won the game with a field goal 31 – 30 as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
The weather was horrible in Morgantown, and had an adverse effect on both offenses. However, it was WVU’s QB who threw 2 interceptions, and along with the RBs having trouble holding on to the ball accounted for a total of 3 fumbles.
One fumble was an inadvertent snap by Center Tyler Orlosky. Trickett was going behind him to change the play, when Orlosky snapped the ball.
However, WVU did manage to shut down TCU QB Trevone Boykin who went 12 of 30 for 166 yards, and had 9 carries for 49 yards.
Many thought this game would be a shootout, but the weather along with WVU’s defense held TCU’s offense in check much of the game. A game in which WVU led until the final seconds of the 4th quarter.
WVU’s fans were booing Head Coach Dana Holgorsen for his conservative play calling during WVU’s last to offensive possessions in the 4th quarter. However, with 5 turnovers already on their end of the field, it appeared Holgorsen wasn’t about to take the chance of turning the ball over a 6th time deep in their own end.
Trickett went 15 of 26 for 162 yards, and had 6 rushes for -10 yards.
TCU’s Kevin White kept WVU’s Kevin White in check with WVU’s White having 3 catches for 28 yards. WVU’s Mario Alford had 3 catches for 79 yards, RB Dreamius Smith had 12 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown.
RB Wendell Smallwood had 15 carries for 64 yards. These were WVU’s biggest producers during the game. Neither team scored in the 2nd quarter.
The final big play of the game occurred near the end of the 4th quarter when WVU went from man-to-man protection to zone protection. This allowed TCU to get a long pass that put them in field goal range.
WVU did created a few turnovers themselves with Safety K.J. Dillon intercepting a Boykin pass, and Terrell Chestnut recovering a TCU fumble and running in for a 35 yard touchdown. This was the WVU first fumble recovery of the season.
The other good news is WVU didn’t muff any punts, though they had no punt return yardage.
Though WVU lost the game, there were some positives that came out of it. But for WVU this loss most likely ends their chances for a Big XII Title. However, if they can win out they could end up with a good Bowl game. WVU is now 6 – 3 on the season.
I was hoping that Holgorsen would have Kevin White run some comeback routes to get separation from TCU’s DB Kevin White. I think comeback routes are under used in college football, and this is a route few coaches take advantage of ….. but this is me.
Better Luck next week!!!