Mountaineers to see Frogs that do have horns
Another important Big 12 game, one where both teams are in the national rankings, comes to riot torn Morgantowm, site of $45,000 worth of damage caused when the upstart Mountaineers defeated previously undefeated Baylor two weeks ago.
This time, it’s 10th-ranked TCU, coming in on the heels of an 82-27 win last week in Fort Worth against Texas Tech.
Are there enough couches, divans, love seats and sofas left to be torched should West Virginia beat the Horned Frogs?
Quarterbacks Trevone Boykin and Clint Trickett will be matching throws on an afternoon/evening where the temperature will be 45 degrees colder than it was in Stillwater last Saturday.
Boykin threw for a school record seven touchdowns against Texas Tech . . . and this is the school where Slingin’ Sammy Baugh and Davy O’Brien played their college football.
Texas Christian is 6-1, losing only to Baylor by a 61-58 score. The Horned Frogs have wins over Samford (Alabama), Minnesota, SMU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. But there have been only two road games. And the noise factor at Mountaineer Field will exceed the decibels the Horned Frogs have seen before.
Texas Christian is averaging 50.4 points a game. The total offense number is 473 yards a game. There have already been 45 touchdowns and the offense has been so busy the Frogs have attempted 17 field goals and made 13 of them.
Paul Dawson has made 11 tackles per game and the team has intercepted 12 passes.
West Virginia is now 6-2 overall and 4-1 in Big 12 games. Believe it not, the Mountaineers are already bowl eligible with their six wins.
It was a reported 89 degrees in Stillwater last week with the on-field temperature nudging 110 degrees.
West Virginia outscored Oklahoma State, 20-0, in the second half to salt away a 34-10 conference win.
Wendell Smallwood was an able replacement for then-injured Rushel Shell and rushed for 134 yards on 23 carries. Dreamius Smith had only five carries but had 72 yards and a touchdown.
Trickett threw only 30 times and completed 21 passes for 238 yards and the team’s first two touchdowns. He was sacked four times.
Oklahoma State’s fast-paced offense was handled well enough by Karl Joseph (eight tackles), Nick Kwiatkowski (seven tackles), Kyle Rose (six stops), Daryl Worley (five tackles) and Shaq Petteway (five tackles). Freshman Dravon Henry had two interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown.
The Mountaineers recorded two sacks and had seven tackles for lost yards.
Josh Lambert made his only two field goal attempts against the Cowboys.
This is a 3:30 p.m. game. If it’s windy in the hills, then the chilly, early evening temperatures will be a stark contrast compared with last week’s broiling afternoon.
TCU won’t come away from its baptism of noise and heckled words thrown its way with only the 10 points Oklahoma State managed. Boykin is better than the Cowboys’ Garman. The Horned Frogs can do more than spit blood from their eyes. They obviously can score.
This could be one of those often-seen Big 12 track meets where points come raining down like the remaining leaves on Cheat Lake or at Cooper’s Rock.
It should be exciting . . . if anybody dares to take a breath between plays.
West Virginia’s defense needs to show Boykin their best pass rush. And it needs to at least keep the running game to no more than 180 yards. Trickett can’t have a letup at all. Kevin White has to catch more than the three passes he had against OSU — no matter what kind of multiple-player coverage he sees.
This could be a wild game with fuses very short near the end. There is going to be an unseen test of wills . . . where both sides will be all-out to establish their brand on the style of play. Plenty of words will be passed back and forth and trash talking will never cease.
And if West Virginia wins another majestic game . . . look out Castro convertibles and even Murphy beds.