Grier throws for 3 touch­downs, leads West Vir­ginia over TCU

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West Vir­ginia 47, TCU 10

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Once No. 7 West Vir­ginia’s of­fense found a rhythm, the Moun­taineers im­posed their will on TCU.

West Vir­ginia scored three touch­downs in a 3:25 span late in the sec­ond quar­ter to break open a tie game and pro­pel the Moun­taineers to a 47-10 vic­tory over the Horned Frogs on Satur­day.

Will Grier had touch­down throws of 32, 8 and 4 yards, the eighth time this sea­son he’s had at least three. Grier fin­ished 25 of 39 for 343 yards on a breezy day.

“I have a lot of re­spect for (TCU coach) Gary Pat­ter­son and that team. Con­trol­ling the tempo is huge,” Grier said, adding that of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Jake Spavi­tal “did a great job of mix­ing it up and just us be­ing on the same page.”

West Vir­ginia (8-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 9 CFP) piled up 535 yards of of­fense against the in­jury-rid­dled Horned Frogs (4-6, 2-5) as it pur­sues a pos­si­ble berth in the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game with two reg­u­lar-sea­son games left.

“Morale’s good. Con­fi­dence is good. Work ethic is good. It’s why we’re win­ning,” West Vir­ginia coach Dana Hol­gorsen said. “You’re only as good as your next one, so these guys have to con­tinue do­ing that.”

Four of West Vir­ginia’s six touch­down drives took less than 1:30.

“When we get go­ing, we’re dan­ger­ous,” West Vir­ginia tight end Travon Wesco said. “We’ve got to come out like that and know that we have to have that men­tal­ity ev­ery time we touch the ball.”

TCU (4-6, 2-5) was held to a sea­son-low 222 yards of of­fense, the third time in four games it’s gained fewer than 300. The Horned Frogs are in jeop­ardy of miss­ing a bowl for just the third time un­der Pat­ter­son.

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