Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 5, 2012

There’s something wrong in Holgorsen’s kitchen


— WVU forced TCU to punt nine times, two drives ended when the clock ran out and the WVU defense created three turnovers — two fumbles and an interception. The Mountaineers held the visitors to a 4-of-17 mark on third-down conversions, and they sacked Horned Frog quarterback Trevone Boykin three times and pressured him all afternoon.

When it comes to points, WVU’s stoppers gave up only 24 in regulation, the others coming off the fumble return on the mishandled punt. Ten of those points were a direct result of field position on drives that started on the WVU 31-yard line and the TCU 48.

But of the 405 yards of offense the Mountaineer defense allowed, 94 of them came on one extremely costly play.

Ahead 31-24 after Austin’s electrifying punt return, WVU had TCU backed up at its own 6-yard line with less than 1:30 on the fourth-quarter clock when it allowed Josh Boyce, the Horned Frogs’ top receiver, to somehow get free after he was forced out of bounds and came back in. Boykin found his receiver running all alone, and 94 yards later, with no safety back deep to stop him, Boyce was in the end zone and the game was tied.

“They knew the down and distance,” said Holgorsen of the play. “We just broke contain and the guy got out of the pocket. We lost track of the receiver, because he was out of bounds and the safety didn’t see him. Nobody’s happy about it, but, other than that, I thought we played real well, defensively.”

Waiter: “How was your meal, sir?”

Diner: “Other than the big black hair in my mashed potatoes, it was wonderful.”

Those kind of things just can’t happen. The defense was better, but all anybody will remember is the one play that kept WVU from putting the game away.

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