FORT WORTH, Texas - By now, maybe we should have learned not to sleep on Gary Patterson and his TCU football team coming off a disappointing season.
On the flip side, TCU comes into the matchup with the 29th best defense nationally allowing only 323 yards per game in wins over Oklahoma State, SMU, Arkansas and Jackson State. This will be the seventh meeting between both the schools with the series tied at 3-3. What makes the Horned Frogs especially tough is that they also have a solid quarterback in senior Kenny Hill, who has been less mistake-prone this season compared to the past.
Will Grier threw for 366 yards and three TDs for West Virginia (3-2, 1-1), including two long catch-and-run scores in a span of about 2 1/2 minutes late in the third quarter. He has a team-best 422 yards rushing on the season. The college football odds for the game have the Horned Frogs listed as a strong favorite to pick up the win. The final run came on a 3-yard keeper by Hill, who avoided two blockers to stretch across the goal line on 3rd-and-goal, staking the Frogs to a 31-24 lead with 2:53 to play. They can move the ball, with 508 total yards against the defensive Frogs.
Needing a touchdown to extend the game, West Virginia momentarily advanced near midfield, but an offensive pass interference penalty turned what was a first down completion to Sills into a 1st-and-25 at their own 25.
Here are three things we learned from the TCU victory over West Virginia in Week 6.
The first half Saturday was anything but a typical Big 12 game, as the two teams combined for just one touchdown - two teams that entered the game averaging a combined 96.6 points per game.