TCU takes on West Vir­ginia Satur­day

Star-Telegram - - Scoreboard - BY DREW DAV­I­SON ddavi­son@star-tele­gram.com TCU coach Gary Pat­ter­son West Vir­ginia coach Dana Hol­gorsen West Vir­ginia 34, TCU 17.

TCU coach Gary Pat­ter­son knows his team faces “quite a task” on Satur­day.

West Vir­ginia is one of the top teams in the coun­try, boast­ing a Heis­man hope­ful in quar­ter­back Will Grier (who was named a Davey O’Brien Award semi­fi­nal­ist on Wed­nes­day) and look­ing to fur­ther its case to be among the four teams in this year’s Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off.

Pat­ter­son ref­er­enced the 2012 matchup when West Vir­ginia had fu­ture NFL play­ers Geno Smith at quar­ter­back and Tavon Austin at wide re­ceiver.

“West Vir­ginia, when we’ve played, they’ve al­ways had good foot­ball teams,” Pat­ter­son said. “They’ve al­ways been phys­i­cal. That’s why I’ve al­ways liked the games. I like their kind of play­ers. Ob­vi­ously you guys know I like Dana [Hol­gorsen] too, I like the way he rolls.”

Here’s ev­ery­thing you need to know go­ing into Satur­day’s game --The de­tail­sKick­off: 11 a.m. Satur­day

Where: Mi­lan Puskar Sta­dium, Morgantown, West Vir­ginia

TV: FS1 (Justin Kutcher, DeMarco Mur­ray, Pet­ros Pa­padakis, Holly Son­ders)

Ra­dio: WBAP 820 AM, KTCU 88.7 FM, XM 381 (Brian Estridge, John Den­ton, Landry Bur­dine)

Span­ish Ra­dio: KFZO 99.1 FM (Miguel Cruz, Elvis Gal­le­gos)

The line: West Vir­ginia by 12 1/2 (over/un­der 56)Did you know?TCU leads the all-time se­ries 4-3 . ... TCU has 38 road wins since 2009, third­most in the na­tion . ... West Vir­ginia coach Dana Hol­gorsen was Texas Tech’s in­side re­ceivers coach when TCU co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Sonny Cumbie played for the Red Raiders from 200004 . ... TCU is 20-1 when it leads in time of pos­ses­sion over the last four sea­sons. ... TCU is 48-3 in its last 51 games when forc­ing at least three take­aways.

THEY SAID IT

“This team hasn’t quit bat­tling. We’re down a lot of guys. They haven’t quit bat­tling. Even in the Kansas game they didn’t quit bat­tling.” --

“We’ve got a qual­ity op­po­nent – an un­be­liev­able pro­gram that we get to play on Satur­day. This his­tory with us and TCU is pretty good.” --

PRE­DIC­TION

West Vir­ginia is a top-10 team with dreams of reach­ing the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off. Plus, the Moun­taineers re­turn home af­ter a thrilling win at Texas. De­spite the early kick­off, the crowd should be lively in Morgantown. TCU will strug­gle to stay in it with its de­pleted ros­ter.

Gary Pat­ter­son

Dana Hol­gorsen

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