MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — No. 7 TCU remains to be engaged on placing collectively a really perfect efficiency on each side of the ball.
For now, the Horned Frogs are comfortable to nonetheless have an ideal report.
Max Duggan threw three landing passes, Kendre Miller ran for 120 yards and a rating and TCU used huge performs on offense to beat West Virginia 41-31 Saturday.
Although the Horned Frogs had 4 performs of at the very least 50 yards, with three going for touchdowns, they needed to struggle laborious within the fourth quarter to carry on.
“We’re not enjoying for a way fairly it seems to be,” Duggan mentioned. “We’re enjoying to get that win, whether or not it’s received by one or by 40. Clearly, there’s issues that we have to work on that may make it simpler for us.”
The Horned Frogs (8-0, 5-0 Large 12) didn’t want a comeback from a double-digit deficit like they did of their two earlier video games. Duggan staked TCU to a 28-21 halftime lead that held up.
TCU has received its first eight video games for the primary time since 2015 and broke a four-game shedding streak to the Mountaineers.
Duggan beforehand had gone 0-3 in opposition to West Virginia. He modified that by finishing 16 of 28 passes for 341 yards.
“We’re grateful to be 8-0,” he mentioned. “You’re by no means going to take successful without any consideration. We all know it’s laborious to win on this league, particularly on the street.”
West Virginia (3-5, 1-4), which was coming off a season-low 282 yards of offense in a lopsided loss finally week at Texas Tech, gave the Horned Frogs a struggle.
JT Daniels threw a 23-yard TD go to Reese Smith with 4:12 left to chop the Mountaineers’ deficit to 34-31. TCU recovered the following onside kick, however Duggan was intercepted by Malachi Ruffin on the West Virginia 16, giving the Mountaineers one other probability. West Virginia was pressured to punt, and Duggan discovered Savion Williams with a 29-yard scoring toss on fourth down with 20 seconds left.
After combining for 637 yards of offense earlier than halftime, each groups squandered a number of second-half landing probabilities from contained in the opponent’s 20.
The Mountaineers recovered a muffed punt on the TCU 17 early within the third quarter, however settled for a area aim. On its subsequent possession, West Virginia drove to the TCU 4, however Daniels threw incomplete into the tip zone on fourth down. TCU then drove 95 yards to the West Virginia 1. Quentin Johnston was tackled for an 11-yard loss on third down, leading to a brief area aim for a 31-24 lead.
“Some loopy stuff occurred on this sport as we speak,” mentioned TCU’s Sonny Dykes, who joined Francis Schmidt in 1929 as the one Horned Frogs coaches to win their opening eight video games. “There was some wild performs, some unusual stuff.”
West Virginia errors contributed to TCU’s first three touchdowns.
Duggan took benefit of blown protection within the secondary, throwing TD tosses of 71 yards to Taye Barber and 55 yards to Johnston. Halfway by the second quarter, Daniels was hit going again to go and fumbled. TCU recovered at its 49 and Miller scored untouched on the following play for a 21-14 lead.
Miller now has a speeding TD in 9 straight video games.
Daniels completed 23 of 39 for 275 yards for West Virginia, which now must win three of its remaining 4 video games to grow to be bowl eligible.
“I assumed our guys competed, actually performed their tails off,” West Virginia coach Neal Brown mentioned. “I’m pleased with how they performed. We’re based mostly on outcomes. I get that. The end result wasn’t what we needed. We simply didn’t make sufficient performs within the second half.”
TCU: The Horned Frogs weren’t dominant, however they did sufficient to remain atop the Large 12 standings.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers put up a struggle on offense regardless of being with out two injured linemen and main rusher Tony Mathis. Freshman working again CJ Donaldson, who completed with 104 yards, twice left the sport with accidents. West Virginia saved the sport shut after beginning slowly in its three earlier video games.
TCU ought to maintain onto its high 10 rating.
TCU hosts Texas Tech subsequent Saturday. The Horned Frogs have received the final three conferences.
West Virginia visits Iowa State subsequent Saturday. The Mountaineers had lopsided losses of their final two journeys to Ames, Iowa.
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