Follow along: West Virginia gets past TCU, 24-21

West Virginia is after its first 2-0 start in Big 12 play under head coach Neal Brown when the Mountaineers take on TCU at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The 8 p.m. kickoff marks WVU’s fourth night game among its first five contests, and a Thursday night game at Houston awaits October 12 following the Mountaineers’ bye week. Brown is 3-1 in four meetings with the Horned Frogs, including 2-0 in Fort Worth.

West Virginia has lost seven straight games on September 30, though it last played on this date in 1995 at East Carolina.

Like the Mountaineers (3-1, 1-0), TCU (3-1, 1-0) is on a three-game win streak and was victorious in its Big 12 opener, topping Houston 36-13 on September 16.

11:45 p.m. — FINAL: WEST VIRGINIA 24, TCU 21. Sean Martin blocks a 55-yard field goal attempt from Kell and the Mountaineers hang on for the victory. West Virginia has won four straight games and improves to 2-0 in the Big 12. The Horned Frogs fall to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in Big 12 play.

11:30 p.m. — Mike Lockhart gets a hand on Kell’s 46-yard field goal attempt and the blocked kick allows WVU to take over at its 30 with a three-point lead. Jared Bartlett’s sack of Morris one play after Lathan left with the injury was key in the defensive stop. However, the Mountaineers fail to pick up one first down despite gaining 6 yards on Donaldson’s first down run. Greene threw toward Traylon Ray on third-and-1, but the pass was incomplete. TCU takes over at its 15 with 3 minutes remaining.

11:17 p.m. — West Virginia’s defense is enduring a number of injuries in this one. Burks was lost for at least the remainder of this game in the first half, and a collision on TCU’s current possession forced McLaurin to the sideline. McLaurin is having perhaps his best game as a Mountaineer with seven tackles, two tackles for loss and a pair of pass breakups. Defensive lineman Mike Lockhart is shaken up a few plays after McLaurin is shaken up. Immediately after Lockhart’s injury, linebacker Trey Lathan suffers one and it appears to be significant. Lathan is being taken off the field on a cart. WVU has now lost several key defensive players on this series alone.

11:10 p.m. — SCORE: Hayes knocks in a 49-yard field goal and West Virginia has its first lead. The score was set up by starting the series at the TCU 47 and a 15-yard run from true freshman Rodney Gallagher. WEST VIRGINIA 24, TCU 21, 9:31 4th qtr

10:58 p.m. — The Mountaineers squander a golden opportunity for their first lead and Donaldson is brought down for a loss of 1 yard on fourth-and-goal at the 1. On third-and-goal from the 1, Donaldson appeared to be in prime position to score, but was stopped just short of the goal line. TCU takes over with the game still tied at 21.

10:52 p.m. — West Virginia is inside the TCU 5 to start the fourth quarter. The Mountaineers appeared to take their first lead late in the third quarter on Greene’s pass to Clement, but what was originally ruled a 24-yard touchdown was changed to a 19-yard completion after it was determined Clement’s knee touched the ground. The Mountaineers had 129 yards in the third quarter to TCU’s 1.

10:45 p.m. — TCU goes three-and-out and Fox returns the punt 17 yards, allowing the Mountaineers to start at their 38. TCU has 1 yard in the third quarter through 11 plays and its first three second-half series.

10:40 p.m. — SCORE: Greene scores on a 1-yard run for the Mountaineers’ third rushing touchdown of the contest and we’re tied again. Hudson Clement’s 12-yard reception on fourth-and-5 helped lead to the tying TD. West Virginia 21, TCU 21, 4:29 3rd qtr

10:25 p.m. — West Virginia bypasses a 46-yard field goal attempt and Greene’s fourth-and-6 pass is incomplete. That gives the ball back to TCU, but the Horned Frogs are unable to get anything going and punt it back to the Mountaineers. West Virginia has not forced a turnover but has had a legitimate opportunity to intercept no fewer than four passes.

10:15 p.m. — The Mountaineers generate sacks on consecutive plays and after one TCU first down to start the second half, the Horned Frogs are forced to punt. Edward Vesterinen and Mike Lockhart split the first sacks and Kpogba recorded the second one. WVU takes over at its own 30-yard line.

9:50 p.m. — HALFTIME: TCU 21, West Virginia 14. A costly false start penalty on Nick Malone wipes out a 53-yard Michael Hayes field goal on the final play of the half. The Mountaineers elected to have Hayes try from 58 yards following the penalty, but the kick is no good and the Horned Frogs take a seven-point lead into halftime. Greene’s 23-yard pass to Fox put WVU in position to try a field goal. It’s one of three completions for Greene on 10 attempts in what’s been another forgetful passing performance from the Mountaineers. TCU has a 312-188 advantage in total yards at halftime. The Horned Frogs averaged 6.8 yards per play in the half.

9:40 p.m. — SCORE: Morris throws a 36-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Wright on fourth-and-2 and the Horned Frogs strike quickly late in the first half to regain the lead. They’ll also start the second half with the ball. TCU 21, West Virginia 14, 0:21 2nd qtr

9:32 p.m. — SCORE: Donaldson scores on a 1-yard run to finish off the Mountaineers’ 10 play, 43-yard drive that followed a TCU three-and-out. WVU fully capitalized on its field position and entered the red zone on Greene’s 8-yard run on third-and-6. West Virginia 14, TCU 14, 1:50 2nd qtr

9:16 p.m. — Burks is shaken up on a WVU punt play. He is put on a back board and taken off the field on a cart after making direct contact with TCU punt returner JoJo Earle. Players from both teams gathered on the field as the game came to a halt for nearly 10 minutes.

9:05 p.m. — The Mountaineers come up with a key red zone stop as Emani Bailey is stopped at the line of scrimmage on fourth-and-1 from the WVU 16. One play earlier, Beanie Bishop made an open field tackle following Bailey’s reception for 4 yards to force the fourth and short. West Virginia takes over 10:59 before halftime.

8:50 p.m. — SCORE: The first play of the second quarter is Morris’ 31-yard touchdown run that puts TCU back on top. The Horned Frogs have two touchdowns on three possessions and moved the ball well on their non-scoring drive as well. TCU 14, West Virginia 7, 14:51 2nd qtr

8:35 p.m. — TCU moves well into WVU territory, but an intentional grounding penalty on a third down incompletion creates a 53-yard field goal attempt, and Parker Kell misses it wide. Hershey McLaurin had a tackle for loss and knocked down a pass at the line of scrimmage for the defensive highlights on the drive. Tyrin Bradley pressured Morris and it helped create the grounding penalty. The Mountaineers will start their third series from their 35-yard line with 4:23 left in the first quarter.

8:21 p.m. — SCORE: The Mountaineers answer, and if there’s any question regarding how healthy Greene is, he shows no lingering effects from the ankle injury on a 35-yard touchdown run. One play earlier, Greene found wideout Devin Carter on a 30-yard pass play — West Virginia’s second-longest pass play this season against Power 5 competition. West Virginia 7, TCU, 7, 8:53 1st qtr

8:15 p.m. SCORE: Nothing short of a nightmare start for the Mountaineers. Greene passes to Preston Fox for 7 yards on the first play from scrimmage, but CJ Donaldson is stood up at the line of scrimmage out of a WVU timeout, and it results in a three-and-out. On the Horned Frogs’ fourth play, Chandler Morris throws a 59-yard touchdown pass to JP Richardson, who gained 50 yards after the catch and slipped free from safety Aubrey Burks. TCU 7, West Virginia 0, 12:15 1st qtr

8:05 p.m. — West Virginia wins the toss and elects to receive. Garrett Greene gets the start at quarterback. He started the first three games, left in the first quarter against Pitt with a right ankle injury and was sidelined for last week’s victory over Texas Tech. That allowed Nicco Marchiol to make his first start.

Your essential pregame links:

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3 Guys Before The Game – TCU Preview (Episode 492)

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