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After all the scrutiny, WVU came out and played its best defensive game of the season.
In this one, Joe DeForest went up to the press box, where he retained his play-calling duties, while co-defensive coordinator Keith Patterson was at field level.
Cecil Level moved from cornerback to earn a start at safety in place of Darwin Cook, while Ishmael Banks started at corner in replacement of Brodrick Jenkins and Nana Kyeremeh.
WVU held TCU to 279 yards through the air, nearly 100 yards less than the Mountaineers' previous average of 360 yards per game. Take away TCU's 94-yard pass at the end of regulation, and the Frogs are below 200 yards passing.
The pass was really unfortunate for the defense. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was bottled up and almost sacked in the end zone but escaped the WVU rush. Meanwhile, his favorite target Josh Boyce went out of bounds and came back in just in time for Boykin to find him near the sideline.
In the shuffle, the WVU secondary lost track of Boyce, allowing him to break open the huge play.
On the ground, WVU allowed just 126 yards, also less than its season average of 133 yards.
The defense forced nine punts against TCU after forcing just 22 in the previous seven games.
Aside from the touchdown near the end of regulation, WVU played an outstanding game defensively.