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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Will Grier threw three touchdown passes and No. 7 West Virginia rolled to a 47-10 victory over TCU on Saturday.
West Virginia (8-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 9 CFP) had no trouble against the injury-riddled Horned Frogs (4-6, 2-5) as it pursues a possible berth in the conference championship game with two regular-season games left.
“Morale’s good. Confidence is good. Work ethic is good. It’s why we’re winning,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. “You’re only as good as your next one, so these guys have to continue doing that.”
The Mountaineers scored three touchdowns in a 3:25 span of the second quarter to break open a tie game.
TCU (4-6, 2-5) was held to a season-low 222 yards of offense, the third time in four games it’s gained fewer than 300. The Horned Frogs are in jeopardy of missing a bowl for just the third time under coach Gary Patterson.
“We’ve been on the other side of these many times,” Patterson said. “You’ve got to find a way to score points and you’ve got to find a way to stop people.”
It also marked the fewest yards allowed this season by West Virginia, who gave up 520 yards in a close win at Texas a week ago.
Grier had TD tosses of 32, 8 and 4 yards. He finished 25 of 39 for 343 yards.
TCU’s Mike Collins had some success throwing to Jalen Reagor, but not much else worked. Collins completed 22 of 37 passes for 229 yards. He also was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone in the third quarter and West Virginia was awarded a safety.
Grier followed that by finding Marcus Simms with a 53-yard pass to set up Kennedy McKoy’s 1-yard scoring run for a 33-3 lead.
TCU: The Horned Frogs must win their final two games to become bowl eligible. Not impossible, but TCU must find the resolve to finish out a challenging season.
West Virginia: Grier didn’t get a ton of opportunities to throw downfield, relying on a diet of short- to medium-length passes to his tight ends and running backs. Tight end Travon Wesco finished with five catches for a team-high 86 yards.
HE’S NO. 2
Holgorsen moved into second place in school history with 61 wins, one ahead of Rich Rodriguez. Hall of Famer Don Nehlen holds the top spot with 149.
TCU plays at Baylor next Saturday.
West Virginia plays at Oklahoma State next Saturday.
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