TCU (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) at No. 23 West Virginia (5-2, 2-2), 3 p.m. (FOX)
WHAT’S AT STAKE
One team will become bowl eligible. The other will be saddled with a third straight loss, which would be a first for either TCU coach Gary Patterson or West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. It hasn’t happened at TCU since the Horned Frogs lost four straight under Dennis Franchione in 1998. West Virginia last lost three straight to finish the 2004 season under Rich Rodriguez.
TCU QB Trevone Boykin against West Virginia’s defense. The Mountaineers are giving up an average of 53 points over their last four games. Boykin, a redshirt freshman, is 47 of 84 for 617 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions in his last two games. Boykin hurt a knee late in last week’s loss to Oklahoma State but coach Gray Patterson said he expects him to play Saturday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
West Virginia: QB Geno Smith. The senior is looking to rebound after two subpar games. He’s thrown 26 touchdown passes and only two interceptions this season. Both interceptions came in a 55-14 loss to No. 3 Kansas State two weeks ago and Smith has two total TD tosses in his last two games.
TCU: RB B.J. Catalon. The freshman has a team-high 319 rushing yards and has led the Horned Frogs on the ground the past four games. He was limited to 43 yards on six carries last week against Oklahoma State and has had fumble problems this season.
FACTS & FIGURES
West Virginia won the only meeting between the schools 31-14 in the 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl. … In a 36-14 loss at Oklahoma State last week, TCU’s streak of scoring at least 20 points ended at 33 games, which had been the nation’s longest such run. … TCU is 1-3 since suspending starting QB Casey Pachall after he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Pachall left school for the rest of the semester to enter an inpatient rehabilitation facility.
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