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Texas Christian 41, West Virginia 31

(AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

By JOHN RABY
AP Sports Writer

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Max Duggan threw three touchdown passes, Kendre Miller ran for 120 yards and a score and No. 7 TCU used big plays on offense to beat West Virginia 41-31 to remain unbeaten.

The Horned Frogs (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) didn't need a comeback from a double-digit deficit like they did in their two previous games. Duggan staked TCU to a 28-21 halftime lead and that held up.

But West Virginia (3-5, 1-4), which was coming off a season-low 282 yards of offense in a lopsided loss at last week at Texas Tech, gave the Horned Frogs a fight.

JT Daniels threw a 23-yard TD pass to Reese Smith with 4:12 left to cut the Mountaineers' deficit to 34-31. TCU recovered the ensuing onside kick, but Duggan was intercepted by Malachi Ruffin at the West Virginia 16, giving the Mountaineers another chance. West Virginia was forced to punt, and Duggan found Savion Williams with a 29-yard scoring toss on fourth down with 20 seconds left.

Duggan finished 16 of 28 for 341 yards.

TCU had four plays of at least 50 yards, with three going for touchdowns. After combining for 637 yards of offense before halftime, both teams squandered several second-half touchdown chances from inside the opponent's 20.

The Mountaineers recovered a muffed punt at the TCU 17 early in the third quarter, but settled for a field goal. On its next possession, West Virginia drove to the TCU 4, but Daniels threw incomplete into the end zone on fourth down. TCU then drove 95 yards to the West Virginia 1. Quentin Johnston was tackled for an 11-yard loss on third down, resulting in a short field goal for a 31-24 lead.

West Virginia mistakes contributed to TCU's first three touchdowns.

Duggan took advantage of blown coverage in the secondary, throwing TD tosses of 71 yards to Taye Barber and 55 yards to Johnston. Midway through the second quarter, Daniels was hit going back to pass and fumbled. TCU recovered at its 49 and Miller scored untouched on the next play for a 21-14 lead.

Miller now has a rushing TD in nine straight games.

Daniels finished 23 of 39 for 275 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

TCU: The Horned Frogs weren't dominant, but they did enough to stay atop the Big 12 standings.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers put up a fight on offense despite being without two injured linemen and leading rusher Tony Mathis. Freshman running back CJ Donaldson, who finished with 104 yards, twice left the game with injuries. West Virginia kept the game close after starting slowly in its three previous games.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TCUWVU
WVU TD 6:02 CJ Donaldson 1 yard TD run (Casey Legg Extra Point) 0 7
TCU TD 4:27 Taye Barber 71 yard TD pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 7 7
Second Quarter TCUWVU
WVU TD 14:47 CJ Donaldson 1 yard TD run (Casey Legg Extra Point) 7 14
TCU TD 11:42 Quentin Johnston 55 yard TD pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 14 14
TCU TD 7:00 Kendre Miller 51 yard TD run (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 21 14
WVU TD 1:35 Justin Johnson Jr. 5 yard TD pass from JT Daniels (Casey Legg Extra Point) 21 21
TCU TD 0:24 Emani Bailey 30 yard TD run (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 28 21
Third Quarter TCUWVU
WVU FG 11:05 Casey Legg 33 yard field goal 28 24
Fourth Quarter TCUWVU
TCU FG 13:03 Griffin Kell 30 yard field goal 31 24
TCU FG 9:11 Griffin Kell 46 yard field goal 34 24
WVU TD 4:12 Reese Smith 23 yard TD pass from JT Daniels (Casey Legg Extra Point) 34 31
TCU TD 0:20 Savion Williams 29 yard TD pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 41 31
Team Stats
  TCU West Virginia
First downs 17 25
  Rushing 6 9
  Passing 10 14
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 5-12, 42% 10-17, 59%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 27-152 41-156
Passing Yards 341 274
Return Yards 105 85
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-28-1 22-38-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-12 3-21
Punts 2 3
Fumbles Lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 6-67 7-51
TCU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Duggan 16 28 341 3 1
West Virginia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Daniels 22 38 274 2 1
TCU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Miller 12 119 9.9 1
E. Bailey 1 30 30.0 1
E. Demercado 6 10 1.7 0
M. Duggan 6 2 0.3 0
Q. Johnston 2 -9 -4.5 0
West Virginia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Donaldson 19 104 5.5 2
J. Johnson Jr. 10 36 3.6 0
J. Anderson 3 6 2.0 0
J. Daniels 6 5 0.8 0
S. James 2 4 2.0 0
B. Ford-Wheaton 1 1 1.0 0
TCU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Barber 4 99 24.8 1
S. Williams 3 97 32.3 1
Q. Johnston 4 76 19.0 1
D. Davis 3 60 20.0 0
E. Demercado 1 10 10.0 0
K. Miller 1 -1 -1.0 0
West Virginia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. James 6 95 15.8 0
B. Ford-Wheaton 2 50 25.0 0
R. Smith 3 36 12.0 1
K. Prather 4 29 7.3 0
T. Davis 1 16 16.0 0
C. Braham 1 15 15.0 0
J. Anderson 1 15 15.0 0
G. Greene 2 13 6.5 0
J. Johnson Jr. 1 5 5.0 1
C. Donaldson 1 0 0.0
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TCU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Clark 1 37
West Virginia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Ruffin 1 0
TCU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sandy 2 66 33.0
West Virginia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
O. Straw 3 123 41.0
TCU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Davis 1 0 0
West Virginia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
TCU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Davis 3 68 22.7
G. Spivey 1 0 0
West Virginia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Aaron 5 85 17.0
TCU Missed FG
Player Length
West Virginia Missed FG
Player Length




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