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TCU-West Virginia preview: QBs starred at Tarrant high schools

TCU quarterback Kenny Hill starred at Southlake Carroll.
TCU quarterback Kenny Hill starred at Southlake Carroll. AP

TCU at West Virginia

When, where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday

TV: WFAA/Ch. 8 or ESPN2

Records: TCU, 4-2, 2-1 in Big 12; West Virginia, 5-0, 2-0

TCU coach Gary Patterson is hopeful the Frogs will be bolstered by the return of two key offensive players who have missed multiple games because of injuries, receiver/kick returner KaVontae Turpin (knee) and center Austin Schlottmann (foot). Their availability will be “game-time decisions,” said Patterson, who also indicated the contest could mark the season debuts of cornerback Julius Lewis and offensive lineman Trey Elliott. They are coming off injuries once thought to be season-ending.

Regardless of how the TCU roster shakes out before kickoff, the Frogs will be facing on the league’s stingiest defenses. West Virginia ranks second among Big 12 teams in scoring defense (19.4) and is third in total defense (410.6). TCU ranks fourth in scoring (40.2) and total offense (530.7).

Quarterback comparison

Category

Kenny Hill (TCU)

Skyler Howard (WVU)

High school

Southlake Carroll

White Settlement Brewer

Total offense

391.3

357

Passing yards

357

318

TDs/INTs

12/8

8/4

Where they are different

TCU is 1-2 in matchups decided by a touchdown or less. The Frogs edged Kansas 24-23 in their last game but dropped a double-overtime decision to No. 17 Arkansas (41-38) and fell to No. 16 Oklahoma 52-46 to drop out of the Associated Press rankings after beginning the season at No. 13. West Virginia is 2-0 in close games, with victories over Brigham Young (35-32) and Kansas State (17-16).

Notable recent developments

TCU is coming off a bye week following the 24-23 victory at Kansas. The Frogs hope the extra preparation time will help them cut back on self-inflicted wounds. TCU ranks next-to-last among Big 12 teams in fewest penalty yards (79.7 per game) and is minus-1 in turnover margin. West Virginia played its best game of the season last week, a 48-17 rout of Texas Tech in Lubbock.

Trends

TCU and West Virginia have met four times as Big 12 rivals, with three of the meetings decided on the game’s final play (two in overtime, one on a last-second field goal). TCU has won both meetings in Morgantown, prevailing in 2014 on Jaden Oberkrom’s 37-yard field goal as time expired in a 31-30 thriller, and in 2012 when the Frogs secured a 39-38 overtime triumph. West Virginia won an overtime game in Fort Worth, 30-27, in 2013. The Frogs won last year’s meeting in Fort Worth, 40-10. TCU has won 12 of its last 13 regular-season contests following an open date. West Virginia enters on a six-game winning streak and is 10-1 in its last 11 contests dating back to last season.

Key performers

TCU

LB Ty Summers

64 tackles

LB Travin Howard

58 tackles

DE Josh Carraway

4.5 sacks

Aaron Curry

3.5 sacks

RB Kyle Hicks

479 yards, 7 TDs, 27 receptions

West Virginia

S Jarrod Harper

30 tackles

S Kyzir White

29 tackles, 3 TFLs, 1 sack, 2 PBU

WR Daikel Shorts

27 catches, 418 yards, 2 TDs

Shelton Gibson

23 catches, 472 yards, 2 TDs

QB Skyler Howard

66.1 completion rate

Significant statistics

TCU

Scoring

40.2 points per game

Passing yards

362.5 per game

Sacks

22

Rushing yards allowed

150.7 per game

West Virginia

Rushing yards

216.2 per game

Sacks

9

TDs allowed

11

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