Grier throws for 3 touchdowns, leads West Virginia over TCU
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.