West Virginia spoiled TCU’s homecoming on Saturday night.
The Mountaineers pulled away in the second half for a 29-17 victory over the Frogs. WVU (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) snapped a three-game losing streak as coach Neal Brown improved to 3-0 against TCU.
The Frogs (3-4, 1-3), meanwhile, are reeling with four losses in their last five games. They have allowed at least 200 yards rushing in each of those five games.
TCU trailed 20-17 at halftime and then let it get away on a couple interceptions thrown by quarterback Max Duggan.
Trailing 20-17 in the third quarter, TCU was driving in WVU territory. Facing a third-and-4 from the WVU 23, Duggan tried to hit Quentin Johnston on an out route. But Mountaineers cornerback Daryl Porter Jr. jumped it, setting up a field goal.
Still, TCU trailed only 23-17 going into the fourth quarter. But Duggan threw another costly interception on the first play of a drive with 14 minutes left.
This time, WVU’s Charles Woods came down with the ball and returned it to the TCU 15. Three plays later, Mountaineers running back Leddie Brown scored on a 3-yard run to give them a 29-17 lead.
Duggan finished his night 16 of 26 for 244 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He was 10 of 13 with a TD in the first half, and just 6 of 13 with two interceptions in the second half. He wasn’t helped at times, either, as Johnston dropped a deep ball in the second half and also had a fumble late.
It was that kind of night for TCU, although it started off promising. Derius Davis returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. It was the first opening kickoff return for a touchdown since at least 1996 for TCU.
That ended up being among the few highlights for the Frogs.
WVU had 158 yards of total offense in the first quarter, but only led 10-7. TCU stayed in it and coach Gary Patterson showed aggressiveness early on.
Facing a fourth-and-three from the WVU 5, TCU went for it and scored a touchdown on a 5-yard pass from Duggan to Taye Barber. That put the Frogs ahead 14-13.
But WVU answered and eventually had a 20-17 lead going into the locker rooms. The Mountaineers extended their lead from there.
TCU travels to Kansas State next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. in Manhattan.
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