Countdown to Kickoff TCU – West Virginia University Athletics

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia meets No. 7 TCU in the Homecoming game today at Milan Puskár Stadium.

The Horned Frogs are coming off back-to-back wins over Kansas State and Oklahoma State after rallying from double-digit deficits in each game. TCU trailed then-No. 8 Oklahoma State 24-7 early in the second quarter before winning 43-40 in double overtime in Stillwater.

Last Saturday, TCU trailed then-No. 17 Kansas State by 18 points early in the second quarter before outscoring the Wildcats 28–0 over the remaining 41 minutes of the game.

TCU’s other conference wins came against Oklahoma (55-24) and Kansas (38-31) after sweeping non-conference games against Colorado, Tarleton and SMU.

In his first season at TCU, coach Sonny Dykes started his team 7-0 for the third time in four years, including two while at SMU. In 2019, his Mustangs lost for the first time after the eighth week of the season, and last year SMU was 7-0 before falling to 19th.Thursday– posted by Houston.

Last year, Dykes’ team lost four of its last five games, and in 2019, SMU lost three of its last five. During the 2020 COVID year, SMU went 5-0 out of the gate before losing three of its last five.

As of 2019, Dykes is Mr. October and his teams have won 28 of 30 football games until the calendar turns to November. After that it’s just 7-11.

Hopefully that will come into play this Saturday as West Virginia looks to extend its four-game winning streak over TCU and knock the Horned Frogs off their undefeated streak.

TCU sits atop the Big 12 standings with Oklahoma State and Kansas State right behind, each with one loss. Texas sports a 3-2 record, followed by 2-2 Baylor and Texas Tech.

Kansas is 2-2, Oklahoma and West Virginia are 1-3, while Iowa State is a winless 0-4.

Other Big 12 games this weekend feature Oklahoma at Iowa State at noon, Oklahoma State at Kansas State at 3:30 p.m., and Baylor at Texas Tech at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Texas and Kansas are idle.

Here’s today’s countdown to kickoff:

10 – At least one Mountaineer defensive player has finished with TEN or more tackles in 26 of the last 57 games.

9 – A wide receiver has caught multiple touchdowns nine times in a run Neal Brown era at WVU, including twice this season.

8 – West Virginia is ranked 22ndn.d nationally in catches among FBS schools with 93 over the last EIGHT years.

7 – No. 7 TCU is the highest-ranked team to play at Milan Puskár Stadium since the Mountaineers faced No. 6 Oklahoma in 2018.

6 – West Virginia has scored at least 30 points six times in its 11 games against TCU.

5 – The Mountaineers have averaged 34.6 points in their FIVE previous games against TCU in Morgantown.

4 – WVU has won FOUR in a row against TCU and is now 7-4 overall against the Horned Frogs. Neal Brown has wins over TCU in 2019 (20-17), 2020 (24-6) and 2021 (29-17).

3 – West Virginia remains the only school in the Big 12 to have THREE receivers ranked in the top 10 in receptions per game – Bryce Ford-Wheaton (No. 3), Kaden Prather (No. 5) a Sam James (No. 10).

2 – Junior wide receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton ranks SECOND in the nation in contested catches with 14 this week, according to Pro Football Focus College.

1 – Casey Legg is tied for FIRST in the nation in field goal percentage, making all 11 of his kicks so far this season.

WVU is looking for its first win over a top-10 team since beating No. 4 Baylor 41-27 in Morgantown on Oct. 18, 2014.

Tonight’s contest tips off at noon and will be televised nationally on ESPN (Bob Wischusen, Roddy Jones and Kris Budden).

Mountaineer Sports Network radio coverage begins at 9 a.m. with the GoMart Mountaineer Tailgate Show leading up to the network’s regular coverage Tony Caridi, Dwight Wallace and Drenning poison at 11 a.m. at stations throughout West Virginia.

You can also catch broadcasts on the Varsity Network and WVU Gameday apps, as well as Sirius Satellite Radio on channel 156 or 206 or the XM app on channel 969.

Real-time live stats coverage is also available via Stat Broadcast.


West Virginia leads the overall series 7-4.

Be sure to stop by afterwards for complete post-match coverage.

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