TCU won’t have to play without safety Chris Hackett at West Virginia.
The junior safety was cleared by the Big 12 in a review of the video of a fight on the sideline in Saturday’s game against Texas Tech. Hackett and a Tech player were ejected for throwing a punch, but the video did not show a punch from Hackett.
The ejection, in the third quarter, meant Hackett would have also had to sit out the first half of the next game.
Instead, the Frogs’ secondary can be at full strength for West Virginia, the third-ranked passing offense in the Big 12. The Mountaineers’ Kevin White leads the conference with 72 catches for 1,047 yards and eight touchdowns.
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TCU coach Gary Patterson said after Saturday’s game he has warned Hackett about avoiding conflicts in games.
“I’ve been telling him for three weeks, stay out of it,” Patterson said.
Patterson said he didn’t want to score the last touchdown against Texas Tech, Trevorris Johnson’s 24-yard run with 1:16 left.
“We didn’t go into this thing saying we wanted to run up the score. That’s not what TCU is about,” Patterson said. “We’re not that kind of football team.”
Quarterback Trevone Boykin threw four touchdown passes in the third quarter, which ended with TCU leading 68-27.
“They kept blitzing in the latter part of the third quarter,” Patterson said. “The check is to throw it.”
The game at West Virginia will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Horned Frogs have yet to start a game in prime time this season, although the season opener against Samford was a 6 p.m. start.
The Frogs have had six afternoon starts this season.
Next week’s kickoff at home against Kansas State could be announced Monday or the networks could wait until the day after the West Virginia game to decide on a start time.
Boykin was selected the Walter Camp Foundation offensive player of the week following his school-record performance with seven touchdown passes against Texas Tech.
He is the sixth TCU player to win the award and the third quarterback, joining Andy Dalton in November 2010 and Casey Pachall in November 2011.
Four Big 12 players have won the award this year.
Backup running backs Aaron Green and Johnson each ran for 105 yards against Texas Tech, but TCU does not consider them or Kyle Hicks backup running backs.
“From the beginning of the season, we’ve had an ‘and’ or an ‘or’ behind all of the tailbacks,” Patterson said.
B.J. Catalon leads the team in carries and yards. He left the game after a hard hit to his shoulder, but returned.
Green scored on a career-long 62-yard run in the first quarter.
“I always knew Aaron was a great back,” Boykin said. “Even last year, when we faced adversity and didn’t have B.J. in the game for Iowa State, he came in and stepped up. I feel like that about all of our backups. We practice to where when one is out, the next guy is up.”
• There was no update on Josh Doctson’s ankle injury. Patterson speaks to reporters Monday in a conference call.
• Backup quarterback Matt Joeckel is likely out for an extended time with a left knee injury. Patterson said “it doesn’t look good,” as he closed his news conference Saturday.