Things could not have started more poorly for TCU in this one. An opening kickoff fumble led to a quick West Virginia touchdown, putting the Mountaineers up 7-0.
On TCU’s next (first) drive, Kenny Hill threw a bad slant pass that was picked off. Just a few plays later, West Virginia was up 14-0.
Fortunately, TCU started to chip away a bit. A field goal, followed by a WVU punt, plus a touchdown pass from Hill to Jaelan Austin put TCU right back in the game at 14-10.
West Virginia would score another touchdown to get us to our halftime score of 21-10.
Overall, despite the miserable first quarter, TCU looked like they were starting to pull things together. Josh Carraway got good pressure on a few plays, and Kyle Hicks is doing his usual thing when he gets the ball.
Hicks had 77 rushing yards on 13 carries to go with 17 receiving yards on three receptions at the half. That’s 16 touches, just three off his typical game-average.
Hopefully TCU will keep feeding Hicks the ball in the second half, as they look to come back in Morgantown for the third consecutive time. TCU was down 10 points in 2012, and 13 in 2014, before eventually winning those contests.