TCU-West Virginia quick hits from first half in Fort Worth

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The TCU Horned Frogs were tied 10-10 at the half with West Virginia in a Friday afternoon game. Here’s a few quick facts and observations from the first two quarters.

— Today is Senior Day for the Horned Frogs, and 18 seniors were honored before the game. Many members of the class of 2020 started their careers with the 2015-16 team that beat Oregon in the Alamo Bowl after a 31-point comeback. Since the beginning of the 2016 season, those seniors have led TCU to a 29-22 record.

— Max Duggan’s third-down pass to Jalen Reagor in the first quarter bounced off Reagor’s hands and into the arms of West Virginia’s Tykee Smith. This pick wasn’t Duggan’s fault, but it was the ninth interception he’s thrown this season. After not throwing an interception in his first four starts, Duggan has thrown at least one pick in five of the last six games.

— West Virginia’s opening score came on a 3-yard wheel route from running back Leddie Brown. Brown was left all alone by the TCU defense, and quarterback Jarret Doege was able to float a pass to him. The play was similar to a touchdown scored by Texas’ Keaontay Ingram against TCU earlier this season. Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson attributed the Texas touchdown to miscommunication in the secondary. TCU allowed a couple more big gains from Brown and running back Kennedy McKoy in the passing game on swing routes in the second quarter.

— Sewo Olonilua’s rushing touchdown in the first quarter to even the score at 7 apiece came from the WildFrog formation. Olonilua, a senior running back, has been a weapon during his TCU career taking direct snaps near the goal line. The Frogs will have to find someone else to fill that role next season.

— Doege had not thrown an interception over his three and half games for West Virginia this season. That changed in the first quarter, when senior Julius Lewis made a diving play to pick off a deep pass down the left sideline. That was Lewis’ third interception of his career, which dates back to the 2015-16 season.

— Jonathan Song’s 30-yard field goal gave TCU a 10-7 lead with 9:49 left in the second quarter. Song, a senior from Fort Worth, has been a reliable presence at kicker this season. He’s made 23-24 this season and is a perfect 38-38 on extra points. In his career, Song is 40-44 on field goal attempts.

— After West Virginia started its first drive at the TCU 14, the Mountaineers didn’t enter the Frogs’ red zone again in the first half. TCU outgained West Virginia 188 to 105 in the first two quarters. The Mountaineers ran 13 times and picked up just 31 yards.

— TCU linebacker Garret Wallow, the leading tackler in the Big 12, was flagged for targeting in the second quarter, but the call was overturned. The Frogs lost star cornerback Jeff Gladney for the second half of the Texas Tech game and the first half of the Oklahoma game after a targeting call earlier this year.

— Ar’Darius Washington picked off his fourth pass of the season with 30 seconds to go in the half. The redshirt freshman is tied for the team lead in interceptions with Trevon Moehrig.

— In keeping with the Black Friday theme of today’s game, TCU wore all black for the first time this season.

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