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Quotes from Coach: WVU preparing for all-around test at TCU

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MORGANTOWN – The bye week is in the books and Big 12 Conference play resumes this weekend for No. 23 West Virginia. The Mountaineers travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to face No. 8 TCU on Saturday. ESPN’s College GameDay will also be in Texas for the Big 12 showdown. The Horned Frogs are 4-0 and also coming off the open week and a 44-31 upset over Oklahoma State in Stillwater two weeks ago.

On Tuesday, Coach Holgorsen kept things short and sweet at his weekly press conference and he wrapped up an informative open statement by saying TCU is always a fun a one and it more than deserves its top-10 rank.

“It’s just neat playing this game based on the fact of what the past was and then going into the Big 12 at the same time. You’ve seen both programs go through the process of building their teams pretty similar, I think, as far as some early struggles with some big wins to building some depth to the point where I think both teams are pretty good football teams at this point,” Holgorsen said of the matchup.

TCU’s offensive is really starting to click, in large part due to running back Darius Anderson. Against OSU, he ran for a career-high 160 yards and three touchdowns, earning him Big 12 Player of the Week honors. The sophomore leads TCU with 68 carries for 422 yards and six scores. The Horned Frogs racked up 466 yards of total offense.

Quarterback Kenny Hill completed 22-of-33 attempts for 228 and one touchdown in the upset over the Cowboys. He threw it to eight different receivers.

If you look at the stat sheet from any of the first four games, you can see TCU has a bunch of big play makers and a lot of depth at its disposal.

“They’re running the ball extremely well. They have about four different guys that they can hand it to, their line is big and doing a great job in covering people up, and then I can’t tell the difference really in about 10-12 of their receivers,” Holgorsen said of the TCU offense. “They have 10 guys that look the same and they’re all capable of making plays and are all capable of doing great things as well, which they have – all year they have. So, it’s a huge test.”

And it will be a huge test all around. Three different players tallied an interception against the Cowboys. Along with a pick, senior safety Nick Orr finished with 6 total tackles. All but one of senior linebacker Travin Howard’s 8 tackles were solo stops, he also had one tackle for loss. Junior defensive end Ben Bangou added two tackles for loss and a sack. Senior defensive end Mat Boesen and junior defensive tackle L.J. Collier also got to the quarterback.

“They’re deep, their front is always good. They rarely have to out-number you in the box, which is a different type situation than what we’re usually used to,” Holgorsen said of TCU’s defense. “They’re as sure of tacklers as we’re going to see out there and their coverages, they read routes better than anybody. They’re going to know exactly what positions they’re going to have to be in and they’re rarely out of position. So, they’re as good as they’ve always been defensively and their stats show that.”

Holgorsen added that TCU’s special teams unit also possesses a lot of depth. They have quality playmakers from the starters to the third-teamers.

“Their coverage unit leads the Big 12, they’ve given up zero punt return yardage, they’re perfect on PAT/field goal, their guy kicks touchbacks, places the ball exactly where he wants to play it. Oh yeah, by the way, they have the best return guy in the country in (KaVontae) Turpin,” Holgorsen said.

“Our coverage units better cover and we better do a great job blocking up front if we’re going to want to get any returns at all.”

As for his own team, Holgorsen said he still isn’t sure of its identity but he is anxious to find out.

It may take us 10 games to figure it out – I certainly hope not. I do think this team will keep getting better,” Holgorsen added. “Hopefully, we’ll be playing our best football going into Week 13. That’d be nice.”

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