NCAAF Game Recap - West Virginia at Texas Christian
Fri Nov 29, 2019 4:15 PM EST

TxAM
7
LSU
50
F
OHSt
56
Mich
27
F
Clem
38
SCar
3
F
UGA
52
GATec
7
F
Ala
45
Aub
48
F
Colo
15
Utah
45
F
Okla
34
OkSt
16
F
FlaSt
17
Fla
40
F
Wisc
38
Minn
17
F
Bayl
61
Kans
6
F
Rut
6
PSU
27
F
OreSt
10
Oreg
24
F
ND
45
Stan
24
F
Cin
24
Mem
34
F
Iowa
27
Neb
24
F
Boise
31
ColSt
24
F
App
48
Troy
13
F
VaTec
30
UVA
39
F
Navy
56
Hou
41
F
Ohio
52
Akr
3
F
WestMI
14
NIU
17
F
Miss
20
MisSt
21
F
Kent
34
E Mi
26
F
Toled
7
C Mi
49
F
BGSU
7
Buff
49
F
MiaOH
27
Ball
41
F
TxTch
24
Tex
49
F
Mizzu
24
Ark
14
F
WaSt
13
Wash
31
F
WVU
20
TCU
17
F
ArkSt
30
SoAl
34
F
SoFL
7
UCF
34
F
TxSt
21
CoCar
24
F
Tuls
49
ECU
24
F
NW
29
Ill
10
F
Ind
44
Purd
41
F(1OT)
FLInt
27
Marsh
30
F OT
Lou
13
KY
45
F
Wake
30
Syr
39
F OT
Wyo
6
AF
20
F
MidTN
26
W Ky
31
F
Char
38
OD
22
F
NMSt
28
Lib
49
F
UNLV
33
Nev
30
F OT
Rice
30
UTEP
16
F
UConn
17
Temp
49
F
UTSA
27
LaTec
41
F
BC
26
Pitt
19
F
MD
16
MSU
19
F
SMiss
17
FlAtl
34
F
MiaFL
17
Duke
27
F
Tul
20
SMU
37
F
UtSt
38
NM
25
F
UAB
26
NorTx
21
F
Vand
10
Tenn
28
F
GASt
10
GaSo
38
F
IASt
17
K St
27
F
UNC
41
NCSt
10
F
ULMon
30
ULLaf
31
F
BYU
3
SDSU
13
F
Ariz
14
AzSt
24
F
Cal
28
UCLA
18
F
Fres
16
SJSU
17
F
Army
31
Hawaii
52
F

Nov 29, 2019, 4:15 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

West Virginia (5-7)

7

3

3

7

20

Texas Christian (5-7)

7

3

7

0

17

West Virginia 20-17 win keeps TCU from getting bowl eligible
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:28 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege threw the ball and then took a big hit. When he got up and looked down the field, he saw the official with his hands in the air signaling a touchdown.

"I had no idea what happened," Doege said. "Just in my head. I'm thinking, `No way, no way. Like, how did that just happen?' I was kind of in shock."

So was TCU.

Isaiah Esdale made an over-the-shoulder catch on a perfect pass for a 35-yard touchdown with 2:10 left, just getting his feet inside the pylon on the front corner of the end zone, and West Virginia ended coach Neal Brown's first season with a 20-17 win on Friday that kept the Horned Frogs from getting bowl eligible.

"Huge win to finish the year," Brown said. "It's been a long year, but our guys battled."

The game-winning drive by West Virginia (5-7, 3-6 Big 12) was extended by two huge penalties. There was a pass interference call on a fourth down, and then TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock was ejected for targeting for a hit on Doege on a third-and-12 incompletion only two plays before the go-ahead touchdown.

"Can't give ballgames away. ... Can't keep drives alive with personal fouls. Plain and simple," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "Only a few times in my life, since I've been here, that we've lost when I've held people under 300 yards. And that's happened twice this year."

TCU (5-7, 3-6) isn't bowl eligible for only the third time in Patterson's 19 full seasons as head coach. The Horned Frogs lost four of their last five games. All those losses were by a touchdown or less, including losses to Big 12 co-leaders Baylor and Oklahoma.

Doege completed 20 of 35 passes for 158 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions that TCU failed to convert into any points. The Bowling Green transfer will maintain his junior status next season after playing in only the last four games.

"I think it was big for me. I think it let me earn respect to my teammates that I can come and play in the Big 12, and I'm not just some kid from Bowling Green," Doege said. "And I hope, I think, that they believe in me and I believe in them. I think we've got a bright future."

Horned Frogs freshman quarterback Max Duggan was 15-of-36 passing for 144 yards with two interceptions as both teams had fewer than 300 total yards on a cool, damp day. TCU had 297 yards, and West Virginia 244.

TCU led 17-10 after Jalen Reagor's 70-yard punt return for a touchdown early in the third quarter.

Reagor initially took a step back and around to avoid a defender after fielding the ball, then charged forward and quickly past other defenders and the punter. It was an easy sprint to the end zone for his second punt return TD this season for the junior receiver, who could have played his last home game if he decides to bypass his senior season for early entry in the NFL draft.

Patterson didn't allow Reagor or any players to talk to reporters after the game.

"They're not very happy with me right now, and I'm not very happy with them to be honest with you," the coach said. "I feel sorry for my seniors, I didn't get them back to a bowl game. Simple as that."

THE TAKEAWAY

West Virginia: The Mountaineers' only other touchdown came on their opening drive, when they only had to go 14 yards after Tykee Smith's interception and 39-yard return. Doege threw a 3-yard TD pass to running back Leddie Brown, who was wide open coming out of the backfield.

TCU: The Frogs had last missed a bowl game in 2013. TCU had two more possessions after West Virginia's go-ahead score. After one first down, Duggan had four incompletions in a row at his own 33. TCU used all three of its timeouts and got the ball back. Duggan hit Reagor for 18 yards before clocking the ball and then throwing three more incompletions.

UP NEXT

West Virginia goes into the offseason, and will open the 2020 season Sept. 5 against Florida State in Atlanta.

TCU goes into a longer than usual offseason with no bowl game. The Horned Frogs open the 2020 season Sept. 5 at California.

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Passing

WVU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Doege 35 20 57.1 2 158 35 3 51.8
TCU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Duggan 36 15 41.7 0 144 25 2 30.3

Rushing

WVU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. McKoy 9 51 5.7 36 0
L. Brown 15 47 3.1 14 0
TCU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Barber 2 69 34.5 64 0
D. Anderson 10 31 3.1 10 0

Receiving

WVU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
L. Brown 6 41 6.8 21 1
I. Esdale 2 39 19.5 35 1
TCU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Reagor 6 57 9.5 18 0
A. Lynn 1 25 25.0 25 0

Fumbles

Returning

WVU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Wade 0 - 0 0 1 1.0 0 1
TCU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Reagor 1 18.0 0 18 2 36.5 1 70
D. Anderson 2 14.0 0 18 0 - 0 0

Punting

WVU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Growden 5 228 45.6 56
TCU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Sandy 6 233 38.8 45

Takeaways

WVU Int Yds InTD
S. Mahone 1 3 0
T. Smith 1 39 0
TCU Int Yds InTD
A. Washington 2 22 0
J. Lewis 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

WVU TCU
Points For 20 17
Total Yards 244 297
Rushing Yards 86 153
Passing Yards 158 144
Passing Completions / Attempts 20/35 15/37
Turnovers 3 2
Interceptions Thrown 3 2
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 0/0
First Downs 13 17
Penalties - Yards 4/30 10/69
Time Of Possession 15:15 45:45
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/13 8/19
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 0/2
Punts - Average Yards 5/46 6/39

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter WVU TCU
WVU 4:20 TD Leddie Brown 3 yd pass from Jarret Doege (Evan Staley kick) 7 0
TCU 9:44 TD Sewo Olonilua 2 yd run (Jonathan Song kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter WVU TCU
TCU 5:11 FG Jonathan Song 30 yd FG 7 10
WVU 9:42 FG Evan Staley 40 yd FG 10 10
3rd Quarter WVU TCU
TCU 4:28 TD Jalen Reagor 70 yd punt return (Jonathan Song kick) 10 17
WVU 13:35 FG Evan Staley 24 yd FG 13 17
4th Quarter WVU TCU
WVU 12:50 TD Isaiah Esdale 35 yd pass from Jarret Doege (Evan Staley kick) 20 17

Game Information

Stadium: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Attendance: 40,126
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