Roles reversed as Mountaineer defense, TCU offense take turn in spotlight

Perhaps it’s happened sooner than expected, especially considering how they fared last season, but West Virginia and TCU were brought to the Big 12 three seasons ago for occasions like this Saturday.

The 20th-ranked Mountaineers play host to the 10th-ranked Horned Frogs and the winner gives itself a considerable chance to win the conference. Both were 4-8 overall last season and 2-7 in the conference, that following the debut season when both were 7-6 overall and 4-5 in the conference.

With reputations to consider, they rebuilt themselves to fit a profile. One is doing it with breathtaking offensive exploits. The other is putting unshakable trust in a dominant defense.

One is WVU and the other one is scoring all the points.

“I think we’re to the point in this program where the coaches have the defensive guys playing so well that if we do have an off day as an offense, we can still win the game,” offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said, “which is awesome.”

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