MORGANTOWN — West Virginia scored on its first three possessions in Saturday's Big 12 showdown with Texas Christian.
WVU took the opening kick and marched 75 yards on 10 plays. The Mountaineer used mostly the run to go from their 25 to the TCU 23 from where Trickett threw a tight spiral to Mario Alford in the back of the endzone for the score. Josh Lambert’s kick was true and with 11:00 to play in the opening stanza West Virginia took the lead.

TCU’s first possession started at its own 15 after a good special teams tackle on the kickoff. Three passes, three incompletions and after a punt WVU got the ball back on its own 45 with 10:36 to play. TCU used 24 seconds and did not gain a yard.

Taking the punt WVU drove to the TCU three before Lambert came on for a 22-yard field goal. The kick capped the 14-play drive and with 6:19 to play in the first the Mountaineers extended their lead to 10-0.

TCU botched the ensuing kick and the Mountaineers recovered at the 30. Lambert kicked 44 yard field goal with 3:52 left in the quarter to put WVU ahead 13-0.

The Horned Frogs picked up their first yards of the game and their initial first down. Despite a 19-yard run by B.J. Catalon, the WVU defense was strong until an inside screen from Trevone Boykin to Deante Gray went 47 yards for the score with 1:04 left in the first.

The second period was a defensive struggle and both teams turned the ball over. WVU leads 13-7 at halftime.

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