Each week, PlayWV.com will recap games from the state’s two FBS schools, West Virginia and Marshall. On Saturday, the Mountaineers blew out TCU at home, while Marshall pulled away from UNC Charlotte on the road.
West Virginia 47, TCU 10
Line: West Virginia -13.5
After a slow start, West Virginia used a 33-0 run to beat TCU 47-10 in Morgantown on Saturday, easily covering the 13.5-point spread. The game just went OVER the total of 55.5.
Amazingly, the game was tied 3-3 until late in the first half. Then TCU imploded. The Mountaineers scored three touchdowns in the final 5:09 to turn a tight game into a commanding 24-3 halftime lead. West Virginia tacked on nine points in the first 1:48 of the second half to extend its lead to 33-3 and put the game away.
The only thing left to be decided was the total. The Mountaineers scored the only points of the fourth quarter on a Will Grier to David Sills V touchdown pass. However, that was enough to get the game OVER 55.5. The win moves West Virginia to 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS. It’s the third straight game the Mountaineers have covered the spread.
A TCU offense that put 28 points on Ohio State in Week 3 continued its struggles. The Horned Frogs racked up 65 yards on their initial drive that led to a field goal. They finished with 222 total yards (-7 rushing) and a big chunk of that came late with the game already decided.
Grier strengthened his case to be invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation. Grier threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns, as West Virginia piled up 535 total yards.
West Virginia now goes on the road to face an Oklahoma State team coming off a gut-wrenching 48-47 loss to rival Oklahoma when the Cowboys failed on a two-point conversion attempt that would have won the game. West Virginia opened as a five-point favorite on the road. Oklahoma State is 5-5 SU and 6-4 ATS this season.
Marshall 30, UNC Charlotte 13
Line: Marshall -13.5
Marshall defeated UNC Charlotte 30-13 on the road Saturday. The Thundering Herd covered the 13.5-point spread, while the game went OVER the total of 41.5 points.
Both the side and total were in doubt late in the third quarter with Marshall leading 23-13. Then Isaiah Green hit Obi Obialo for a 10-yard touchdown. The score gave Marshall the cover and put the game OVER 41.5 points. It was a big touchdown for gamblers because neither team scored in the fourth quarter.
The win moves Marshall to 6-3 SU and 4-5 ATS. The Thundering Herd are now bowl-eligible and in second-place in the Conference USA East division at 4-2, trailing Middle Tennessee and Florida International. Brenden Knox rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown to lead Marshall to its third win in four games.
The Thundering Herd will host UTSA (3-7) on Saturday. Marshall can’t afford to overlook the Road Runners with a big game versus FIU on deck. Marshall opened as a 24-point favorite over UTSA. The Road Runners are just 2-8 ATS this season and have lost four straight games while being outscored 155-30.