350, 272, 214, 230. Those are the rushing yards allowed by TCU in their last four games. TCU is 1-3 in those games. West Virginia, on the other hand, is only averaging 111 yards per game on the ground. I want to see Leddie Brown, running free in the TCU secondary. I would love to see both Brown and Justin Johnson in the backfield at the same time. The LIU game was bad for the Mountaineers, given that they could not get a push against an inferior opponent. The same is going to be true here. This is a game that West Virginia just needs to be able ot grind away and run, run, run and run some more. TCU allows over 400 yards a game. This needs to be an offensive explosion game. And it has to start with the run game.
TCU is the strange cat that runs the ball well but doesn’t defend the run at all. Generally, teams are good at stopping what their best at because they can practice it daily. Not TCU. TCU wants to run the ball and their running backs are going to get yardage. Or at least they have. Zach Evans is averaging 8 yards per attempt in conference play and that isn’t based on him breaking two or three long 80 yard plays. His longest run is only 35 yards. No, Evans just generates yards. And he generates yards after contact, averaging nearly 5 yards after contact. Guess what West Virginia is pretty darn good at. WVU is only allow 102 yards per game on the ground and TCU is going to want to run the ball. Once again, this looks like it plays right into our strength.
To be honest, the first two are just placeholders. Yeah, I want to see Leddie go off and I want to see Josh Chandler-Semedo in the backfield but if I’m really honest, I want a win. Its all I want. I don’t care if Jarret Doege throws the ball into the ground on every single play and on the last play of the game, Doege throws the ball, its picked up by a Bald Eagle and flown into the end zone and Sam James toe taps for a touchdown. I do not care if TCU kicker Griffin Kell lines up for a back-breaking game-winning field goal and a hurricane appears out of nowhere, blowing the ball through our uprights and the Big 12 officials incorrectly rule it a field goal for us giving us the win. I just want a damn win. This week has sucked. How much have you guys talked about this game? How much have you cared about this game? I’m sick and tired of it and I want a damn win.