Brown, defense carry West Virginia past TCU

Leddie Brown carried 24 times for 111 yards and scored on three short touchdown runs and the West Virginia defense pitched a shutout in the second half as the Mountaineers defeated TCU 29-17 on Saturday evening in Big 12 play in Fort Worth, Texas.

West Virginia (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) snapped a three-game losing streak and beat TCU for the fourth consecutive time. The Mountaineers forced three TCU turnovers in the second half.

Jarret Doege was 21 of 28 passing for 257 yards for West Virginia as eight different receivers caught passes. The Mountaineers, who came in averaging 108 yards rushing per game (last in the conference) rushed for 229 yards in the win.

Max Duggan passed for 244 yards and a touchdown for the Horned Frogs (3-4, 1-3) but was intercepted twice in the second half. TCU has lost four of its past five games.

Derius Davis opened the game with a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown that gave the Horned Frogs a 7-0 lead before most of the crowd was settled in its seats.

West Virginia answered with a 27-yard field goal from Casey Legg on its first possession. Brown then put the Mountaineers on top via a 5-yard TD run that culminated a 15-play, 94-yard march that consumed almost eight minutes of the first quarter.

Legg added a 38-yard field goal at the 9:07 mark of the second quarter that came four snaps after a 67-yard zone-read run by Garrett Greene, the Mountaineers’ backup quarterback.

TCU regained the lead on Duggan’s 5-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to Taye Barber with 5:17 to play in the first half.

Brown scored on a 1-yard run with 2:51 to play in the second quarter, but TCU answered with a 24-yard field goal by Griffin Kell with 14 seconds remaining to move to within 20-17 at the half.

Legg nailed a 49-yard field goal with 3:56 to play in the third quarter that pushed the West Virginia lead to 23-17. Brown rammed into the end zone from 3 yards out early in the fourth quarter but failed on a two-point conversion pass.

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