Grant McGalliard is on board the #GiveKyleTheDamnBall train.
Hicks averaged 6.9 yards per carry against WVU, and was the sole spark of the offense. He only had 15 carries, however. Although the Frogs were down in the second half and needed to score quickly, which could've been the reason for preferring the pass, Hicks did not get enough carries. He's been a steady star all year, and not relying on him against the Mountaineers cost TCU.
It was the largest margin of defeat TCU has suffered since joining the conference, one point worse than a 30-7 loss to Texas in 2013. One thing fans have been complaining about is a perceived lack of energy and heart from this squad, and Josh Carraway confirmed that on Saturday.
“It just felt like they came out and they wanted it more,” Carraway said. “Which they did. In order to win games, you’ve got to want it as bad as they do, or even more. Throughout the whole game, they wanted it more than us. That’s why they were able to come out and kind of have their way with us.”
I would say that “flummoxed” is probably the best word for describing what Kenny Hill was yesterday.
The Mountaineers delivered another smothering defensive performance against an opponent with a high-powered offense: The Horned Frogs came to Morgantown ranked behind only Oklahoma and the Red Raiders among Big 12 teams in yards per play and 13th nationally in Football Outsiders S&P+ ratings. Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson’s 3–3–5 scheme flummoxed TCU quarterback Kenny Hill, limiting the Horned Frogs to only 148 passing yards (Hill had been averaging 357 yards per game) and one touchdown.
I suppose it’s a compliment to the program that, even in a down year, a win over TCU “solidifies” another team’s status. Holgo found some nice things to say about the Frogs after the Mountaineer W.
"They made some tough catches, some contested catches," Holgorsen said about his receivers. "[TCU] is a frustrating bunch of go against. Those guys are incredibly sound, so there wasn't a whole lot of open guys. We had to make some plays when we were contested, and we did."