Looking to prove they are every much worth respecting, West Virginia is off to a good start at home against TCU in Big 12 play this afternoon. The Mountaineers took advantage of a special teams mistake by TCU on the opening kickoff and now hold a 21-10 lead at halftime.
Deante Gray had the ball knocked out of his hands on TCU’s opening kickoff return. West Virginia recovered the loose ball and setup the offense from the TCU 17-yard line. Skyler Howard completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Daikiel Shorts on a third and short for an early 7-0 lead. TCU’s first offensive possession did not last long, with an interception by Rasul Douglas giving West Virginia a second straight offensive opportunity on TCU’s side of the field, but West Virginia missed a field goal on the possession.
Howard completed a second touchdown pass later with a 22-yard play to Shelton Gibson to put West Virginia up 14-0. TCU got on the board on the ensuing possession with a field goal at the end of an 11-play drive. After a three-and-out by the Mountaineers offense, TCU pulled even closer with a 12-play drive capped by a Kenny Hill touchdown pass to Jaelen Austin. West Virginia wasted little time rebuilding the lead with Howard’s third touchdown pass of the half, this time to Gary Jennings.
West Virginia’s Elijah Battle was ejected from the game in the second quarter following the latest in a long string of controversial targeting penalties around college football.
If you are going to break your hand, the spring is probably the more ideal season to do so, at least compared to the fall. TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson will miss the remainder of the spring practice season with a broken hand. The injury does not seem to leave head coach Gary Patterson with much concern for Doctson’s status in the fall.
“Josh will be good,” Patterson said Friday, per The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Josh had had good practices. But you can’t catch with a cast on your hand.”
No you cannot. Not that he has much to prove at TCU this spring anyway. Doctson was TCU’s leading receiver in 2014 with 1-,018 receiving yards (8th in the Big 12) and a Big 12-high 11 touchdowns (tied with Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett and Baylor’s Corey Coleman). TCU is starting to get thin in receiver depth this spring. Deante’ Gray will also sit out the remainder of the spring as a result of a non-contact injury and Emanuel Porter hurt a finger.
Doctson reportedly suffered the injury earlier this week and is expected to undergo surgery to repair the broken bone.
TCU wide receiver Cameron Echols-Luper will have a new role on the team in 2015. TCU head coach Gary Patterson revealed Saturday Echols-Luper will be moving to t he defensive side of the football in 2015, with the transition starting this spring.
Echols-Luper played cornerback in high school, and Patterson noted his size and speed being a good fit for the position for TCU’s defense next season.
The move to cornerback also should give Echols-Luper more playing time on the field as well. The Horned Frogs should be pretty set at wide receiver next season with the returns of juniors Josh Doctson, Kolby Listenbee and Deante’ Gray and sophomore Ty Slanina. All four were among the team’s leading receivers in 2014. Echols-Luper managed just nine receptions for 72 yards in 2014.
TCU is losing senior defensive back Kevin White, and adding Echols-Luper figures to help the depth at the position whether he wins the starting job or not. However, hopes are high he can step right into filling big shoes on that side of the football.