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Doege, Brown lift WVU over TCU

Nov 14, 2020; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Jarret Doege (2) drops back to pass during the third quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Jarrett Doege threw two touchdown passes and ran for one score, Leddie Brown surpassed 100 rushing yards for the fifth time this season and West Virginia beat TCU 24-6 on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (5-3, 4-3 Big 12) used a balanced offensive attack to beat TCU (3-4, 3-4) for the third straight season.

“I thought what we put on tape today was West Virginia football,” West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. “I thought individually and collectively our guys laid it on the line.”

The Horned Frogs were held to a pair of field goals, the first time they were held out of the end zone since 2016 against Kansas State.

It was the first game in which a West Virginia defense held an opponent out of the end zone since 2018, also against Kansas State.

Leddie Brown had three rushes of at least 30 yards to pile up 156 yards on the ground, while Doege continued to make good decisions with his arm. The second-year starter, who transferred from Bowling Green last year, completed passes to seven different receivers.

Leddie Brown, who had been questionable all week, didn’t have the green light until pregame warmups when Neal Brown made the decision to play him.

“He’s not 100%, but he was good enough,” Neal Brown said. “I think if he’s 100% maybe a couple of those balls that bounced maybe he takes them to the house.”

With TCU trailing 17-6 in the fourth quarter, Trevon Moehrig fumbled a punt and it was recovered by West Virginia’s Sean Mahone. Two plays later, Doege floated a pass to a streaking T.J. Simmons for a 38-yard touchdown and the final margin.

Doege, who had a 1-yard TD run to finish off a 99-yard drive in the first quarter and also found Simmons with a 26-yard scoring strike in the second, finished 19 of 26 for 212 yards.

The 99-yard drive gave West Virginia early momentum.

“What would you feel like if someone took your girl? It feels about the same way,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said in regard to that long West Virginia drive. “And most of it was all our fault, to be honest with you.”

Doege’s 73% completion rate was his most efficient game since the season opener against Eastern Kentucky.

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