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The Wellsburg Bridge: What has been done and what is left to do before opening

WELLSBURG, W.Va. — At this time next year, West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH) District 6 Engineer Tony Clark is hopeful vehicles will be able to cross the Wellsburg Bridge.

Clark told MetroNews with the work that has been done since the bridge’s historic float into place and what is planned for next year, the end of October 2022 is the projected target range for the completion of the $131 million project in Brooke County. The bridge will connect the community of Wellsburg with Brilliant, Ohio.

It what many officials called an ‘engineering marvel,’ the 830-foot main span of the bridge was floated down the Ohio River and lifted onto its pilings in late April, a half year ago. It was built on the shoreline of the West Virginia side of the river in 2019 by Flatiron Construction.

Clark said for the past six months, crews have finished rebar and formwork for the approach decks to the bridge, leading up to the arch on the Ohio side. Concrete has already been poured for those decks.

He added that crews are now working on the same operation on the West Virginia side and doing formwork on the deck itself. Clark said it depends on the weather and temperatures if crews will be able to get the decks poured by the end of the year.

Clark admitted that work slows down in the winter months but not completely. He said crews will fill material on the Ohio side for the bridge going over Ohio State Route 7. The bridge ties into 3rd Street in Brilliant, Ohio and not Ohio Route 7.

“There will still be ongoing work but it won’t be as productive. Construction is never as productive in the winter as it is in the spring, summer and fall,” Clark said.

When the winter weather breaks, Clark expects crews to finish concrete on top of the bridges and the road work tying into either end on both states. DOH officials said construction crews must still complete a retaining wall and backfill on the West Virginia side of the bridge and finish pier work on the West Virginia side.

The project is a collaboration between the DOH and the Ohio Department of Transportation, Clark said, but the contract is handled through the DOH.

Awarded in 2016, the project is Flatiron’s first project in the state and West Virginia’s first alternative delivery project. Piers were already constructed and the bridge was raised to the necessary height then pushed upstream and lowered onto those piers.

Clark said the alternative delivery project was something the contractors approached the DOH about using.

“They proposed this to us. Now that we’ve seen it’s possible, we may incorporate that into future plans,” Clark said. “Even though river bridges only come up every 10 to 20 years.”

As part of the project, Clark anticipates West Virginia Route 2 to become three lanes for a stretch around the bridge. He said there will be a middle lane to turn out onto northbound Route 2 if you’re turning off the bridge. He also added that coming from the south to north, going onto the bridge, there will be a lane to turn onto the bridge. A potential traffic signal is to be determined.

“We’re going to push West Virginia Route 2 out towards the river and create a three-lane section there for about a mile in the bridge area,” Clark said.

Currently, motorists in a passenger vehicle traveling along West Virginia Route 2 or Ohio Route 7 are able to cross the Ohio River between Ohio and West Virginia on the Fort Henry Bridge in Wheeling or the Market Street Bridge, north of Follansbee and into Steubenville, Ohio. The distance between those two bridges is roughly 25 miles.

The Wellsburg Bridge idea was pushed for years, according to Clark, and was a dream of former Wellsburg Mayor Sue Simonetti who passed away on March 31.

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Justice signs vaccination bill, but measure will not go into effect until early next year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice on Friday signed legislation allowing exemptions for coronavirus vaccinations, but the law will not go into effect until January.

Gov. Jim Justice

The state Legislature last week passed the measure, which allows workers to provide documentation by a medical professional or notarized certification on religious beliefs to bypass a requirement to get vaccinated.

The bill will go into effect in 90 days.

“I know people have strong beliefs — you know, religious beliefs — or medical considerations, and I get every bit of that,” Justice said during Friday’s coronavirus briefing. “That was not part of my bill when I put it upstairs, but it was amended to say that we’re not going to go into effect until January ’22.”

Justice said he hopes employers will provide exemptions to employees despite the law not yet being effective.

Brian Dayton

“I know they will. I know they will,” he said. “They’re trying to stop this dreaded disease, they’re trying to do what’s right and everything, but at the same time, sometimes maybe in trying to look at the big picture, we don’t look maybe deep enough at the smaller picture.”

Multiple groups criticized the bill; the West Virginia Hospital Association and West Virginia Chamber of Commerce told lawmakers earlier this month that federal requirements would supersede the law once federal officials finalize rules.

Brian Dayton, the Chamber of Commerce’s vice president for policy and advocacy, said the group is still in opposition.

Brandon Steele

“What was initially described when it was introduced as simply reciting what is in federal law is, in fact, much more broad than that,” he said last week on “MetroNews Talkline.”

“It’s really going to cause a lot of problems for employers in West Virginia, we believe, both that do have COVID-19 immunization policy and those that may not but may have done something to try to incentivize their employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Delegate Brandon Steele, R-Raleigh, argued the state law would complement federal regulations.

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department reports the following updated COVID numbers for October 23, 2021. Today, 53 new cases of COVID were identified.

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“This is about giving people who have legitimate exemptions a pathway to make sure they are not losing their job,” he said.

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United Way chapter continues fundraising campaign

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties is continuing its annual fundraising campaign with the organization nearly halfway towards its goal.

According to campaign chair Tammie Alexander, the organization has raised $522,520 as part of its “We Can Move Mountains” effort. The campaign supports various health and education programs for families in immediate need of assistance.

“What we raise here stays here,” Alexander told MetroNews affiliate WAJR-AM. “We operate the local United Way office on a very lean budget, so when you contribute to the campaign, know that your money stays here in the local community.”

Alexander runs the campaign with an understanding of how it benefits people; she received assistance from the organization upon moving to Morgantown as a single parent. Since moving to Monongalia County, she received her law degree and joined the Steptoe & Johnson PLLC law firm.

“It played an important role in my professional development and my development as a parent,” she said. “The impact it made on my daughter and I is truly important and why I’m involved in this campaign.”

Alexander said individual and workplace contributions help ensure programs will be available to community members in the coming year.

“When you’re struck with some kind of obstacle — especially if it comes out of the blue and you just don’t know where to turn — that can feel so overwhelming and insurmountable,” she said. “Having the agencies that are supported by the United Way is so important.”

The organization has multiple events aimed at encouraging people to donate. One such opportunity highlights the relationship between the organization and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library; for a donation, residents can designate a friend, neighbor or family member to be “Partoned.”

“You can actually splatter posters of Dolly Parton in someone’s yard,” Alexander explained. ” It’s sort of like the flocking thing that different organizations have done, but this is a little bit cooler. You get pictures of Dolly Parton all over your yard.”

The organization is accepting donations at its website, https://www.unitedwaympc.org/.

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Commitment to ground game helps WVU past TCU

FORT WORTH, Tx. — For the first time since mid-September, a postgame round of handshakes, hugs and high-fives awaited the Mountaineers after a 29-17 win at TCU. The blueprint of running the ball, stopping the run and winning the turnover battle was followed well. West Virginia toted the ball 41 times, the highest total against an FBS opponent this season. The 229-yard effort was also a season-best.

“The run game deal is really not complicated,” said WVU head coach Neal Brown. “It goes back to footwork, the vision of our backs to make sure we are reading the right keys. You have to throw the tight ends in there because the tight ends did a really nice job.”

“We knew coming into this game that both teams were going to run the ball, said WVU running back Leddie Brown. “The team that ran the ball best was going to win. We knew we had to play physical up front and in the backfield.”

Leddie Brown rushed for 111 yards. Garrett Greene added 69 yards. And in his most significant action to date, Tony Mathis helped secure the game late by rushing for 48 yards on 12 carries.

“Tony had a really good fall camp before he had that surgery to his knee,” said WVU quarterback Jarret Doege. “He is starting to get back to himself after the surgery. He was ballin’ in fall camp and it is good to see him get back to himself.”

TCU was held to 393 yards of total offense and just 10 points. Three second half turnovers kept the Horned Frogs off the scoreboard. Daryl Porter, Jr. collected an interception. Charles Woods did the same and recovered a fumble.

“I was just in my zone and I saw the tight end leak out late on a little trick play. I just saw the ball in the air and went to make a play, and tried to score with it,” Woods said.

“We weren’t able to face turnovers earlier in the first half of the season,” said WVU senior linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo. “Being able to force three in one game is big for us. Like Charles said, that is something we practice everyday. It is something we put a lot of time in. It just finally came to fruition for us today.”

West Virginia will now play three of their next four games at home and they can return to the .500 mark with a win Saturday against Iowa State. The win over TCU came after a bye week and some serious team reflections following three consecutive losses.

“We had a team meeting, players only,” Chandler-Semedo said. “We really just talked about things like how we wanted to finish things and how we want to be remembered. I feel like that really just hit home. We practiced different this week and our attention to detail was a lot stronger.”

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DHHR updates COVID-19 numbers Sunday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Active coronavirus cases in the Mountain State hit its lowest total since August 17 on Sunday.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed 8,107 active cases in West Virginia on Sunday. On August 17, the total was 7,579. Active cases peaked at over 29,000 one month later in September.

642 new cases were confirmed from the last update but over 1,000 cases recovered.

No new deaths were added Sunday as the statewide death total sits at 4,263.

Hospitalizations dropped to 672 Sunday. Hospitalizations hit 1,000 on Sept. 23. 203 patients are in the ICU and 119 on the vent.

According to the DHHR dashboard, only 1.78% of full vaccinated people in the state have developed COVID-19.

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Justice says no PEIA premium increases on his ‘watch’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice is upset with somebody at the Public Employees Insurance Agency.

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Governor Jim Justice

Justice said someone from PEIA should have spoken up at last week’s meeting when next fiscal year’s health insurance plan for state workers was being discussed.

Justice seemed to indicate during last Friday’s media briefing that he was upset with what PEIA didn’t say.

“It is wrong for the PEIA people not to have stood up during the meeting and said, ‘Hold on. Hold on. The governor specifically said to us that absolutely those premiums were not going to go up. Period,'” Justice said.

The PEIA Finance Board agreed on the plan that it will take before state workers in public meetings next month. It includes no premium increases but if there’s no new money in the program there are projections of significant increases in the years to come. Both West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee and American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia President Fred Albert made comments during the meeting about those future years and possible increases.

Dale Lee

“There’s no premium increase, no changes in the plan for next fiscal year. However, we have grave concerns for the years after that,” Lee said. “We’ve been saying the last couple years at the PEIA Finance Board meetings that unless the Legislature does something we’re going to have real problems starting in the 2024 fiscal year.”

Justice said the union leaders should have been corrected by PEIA officials.

“I guess you never say never but I told them (PEIA officials) point blank the PEIA premiums would not go up on my watch. Period. Period,” Justice said.

PEIA long-term projections anticipate employees would take on a 9 percent increase in 2024, then a 16 percent increase the next fiscal year and a 12 percent increase the following year.

Justice again said it’s not going to happen.

“You can either trust me or not. But I am the one that came with your great pay raises. I am the one who delivered you no premium increases in PEIA and I’m the one that’s telling you that unless there’s a meteorite to hit the earth your premiums are not going to go up ,” Justice said Friday, appearing to address his remarks to teachers and school service personnel.

Justice said it’s his administration that created and put $105 million into the PEIA Rainy Day Fund. He said Friday there’s been $31 million drawn from it.

“If I could get my way as we go forward we’re going to lay in even more dollars to make sure as we go forward we’re trying to protect PEIA and correct our great people who do great work in this state,” Justice said.

The governor did admit the PEIA Task Force formed after the 2018 strike to find a funding solution for the program struggled to come up with a funding source.

“The task force has really tried but it has been really difficult,” Justice said.

The task force hasn’t met for months.

Justice said his plan that’s been turned down by state lawmakers to tier severance taxes on coal, oil and natural gas, could have been a part of the funding solution. Justice’s plan would have tax rates go up when the prices for the products are higher. The taxes would be lower when the prices are lower.

“It’s the biggest whiff we could have possibly made,” Justice said. “We could have dedicated more dollars to PEIA.”

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West Virginia uses efficient effort to earn first Big 12 victory at TCU, 29-17

West Virginia’s lengthy road losing streak is no more.

Behind a sound offensive effort and a defense that limited TCU to one touchdown and forced three second-half turnovers, the Mountaineers claimed a 29-17 victory over the Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

“It’s really important, so the locker room is excited, but this isn’t an unexpected win,” WVU head coach Neal Brown said. “Our guys have really expected to win, but we haven’t done things in the fourth quarter to go win the games. We went and won the game today.”

West Virginia (3-4, 1-3) ended a three-game losing streak overall and seven-game skid on the road that dated back to its 2019 win in Forth Worth during Brown’s first season.

Brown is now 3-0 against TCU, while West Virginia has beaten the Horned Frogs four straight times.

“Great team win. Proud of our staff,” Brown said. “We handled the bye week in a positive manner. Proud of our players. We played with a ton of energy tonight. We strained.”

The start of the contest couldn’t have gone more to the Horned Frogs’ liking as Derius Davis returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.

West Virginia responded with a quality opening drive that featured Jarret Doege’s 44-yard pass to Sean Ryan, but stalled in the red zone and settled for Casey Legg’s 27-yard field goal and a 7-3 deficit.

The Mountaineers’ second series was perhaps their best drive of the season and covered 94 yards in 15 plays. It ended with the first of three Leddie Brown rushing touchdowns from 5 yards with 7 seconds left in the opening quarter. Ten of the 15 plays were runs, including five straight by Brown to finish the drive and three from Tony Mathis that totaled 22 yards. One of Brown’s final five runs was a 3-yard gain on fourth-and-1 from the TCU 14.

“We were going to be intentional about running the football and we talked to our guys about that throughout the course of the week,” Neal Brown said. “You can’t just talk about it. You have to show it and be about action. You show faith in your team when you go for it on fourth and shorts.”

A 67-yard run by Garrett Greene led to Legg’s second field goal from 38 yards, giving the Mountaineers a 13-7 lead 9:38 before halftime.

TCU (3-4, 1-3) responded with its only touchdown drive and needed Max Duggan’s 5-yard pass to Taye Barber on fourth-and-3 to regain the lead, 14-13.

But the Mountaineers answered in 2:26 as Brown plunged into the end zone from 1 yard to finish a drive that featured a 40-yard pass from Doege to Winston Wright Jr., leaving WVU with the 20-14 lead.

Griffin Kell’s 24-yard field goal late in the opening half cut TCU’s deficit in half. It initially looked as though the Horned Frogs would keep their offense on the field on fourth-and-goal from the 2, but after Brown spent WVU’s last timeout, TCU intentionally took a delay of game and settled for three points to leave itself a 20-17 halftime deficit.

The Mountaineers did not punt in the opening half, while piling up 304 total yards on 8.7 yards per play.

“I never thought we really bounced back from the two opening touchdown drives against Baylor, but as a football team, we handled adversity much, much better,” Neal Brown said.

After being forced to punt for the first time on its opening series of the second half, the Mountaineers got a timely third down interception from Darryl Porter Jr., who returned the pick 40 yards to the TCU 42.

“You could see it coming. He’s playing with more confidence,” Neal Brown said. “We’ve been on our guys about pull the trigger and that means go get the ball. That’s what happened on the one on the sideline. He went and got it, made a play and that got us going in the second half.”

While WVU managed only one first down from there, Legg drilled a 49-yard field goal to up the lead to 23-17 with 3:56 to play in the third quarter.

Charles Woods intercepted Duggan on TCU’s first offensive play of the fourth quarter, and Woods’ 32-yard return left the Mountaineers at the Horned Frogs’ 15.

“Our coaches preach all the time you never know when your opportunity is going to come,” said Woods, an offseason transfer from Illinois State. “Prepare like a pro, stay ready at all times and when your name is called, make a play.”

Three Brown runs covered the 15 yards, the last of which was a 3-yard TD. Leading by 12, WVU went for two, but Doege’s pass for tight end Mike O’Laughlin fell incomplete.

The ensuing TCU series ended when Josh Chandler-Semedo stopped Zach Evans for a loss of 5 yards on fourth-and-2, though WVU was unable to add to its lead when Legg’s 38-yard field goal was blocked. It marked the first miss this season for Legg on 14 field-goal attempts.

However, the Mountaineers came up with a third and final turnover of the second half after Duggan connected with Quentin Johnston for 29 yards and Sean Mahone forced a fumble that Woods recovered.

“The secondary specifically hadn’t produced a lot of turnovers,” Woods said. “We had to produce more turnovers and find a way to get the ball back to our offense and find a way to win.”

West Virginia then possessed the ball for nearly 4 minutes of the remaining 5:15 to seal the verdict.

Doege had an efficient effort in the win, completing 21-of-28 passes for 257 yards.

Brown rushed 24 times for 111 yards and the Mountaineers amassed 229 yards on the ground, including 69 from Greene and 48 from Mathis.

“We knew coming into this game that both teams were going to run the ball and the team that ran the ball better was going to win,” Leddie Brown said. “We knew we had to play more physical up front and in the backfield.”

Ryan had a team-high 81 receiving yards on four catches. Bryce Ford-Wheaton and Wright added 65 and 59 receiving yards, respectively.

Duggan threw for 244 yards but was picked off twice as West Virginia matched its interception total through the first six games.

The Horned Frogs rushed for 149 yards and averaged 6.6 yards per play, but were shutout in the second half.

Chandler-Semedo had a team-high 11 tackles in the victory .

“We didn’t play up to our standard against Baylor so we were kind of disappointed by that,” Chandler-Semedo said. “But ultimately, we knew the team that we were, and we played up to our capability. Now we still have to go out and win five more games. We’re definitely not satisfied with this win. We just have to keep it rolling.”

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Postgame video recaps: WVU stops slide, defeats TCU 29-17

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FORT WORTH, Tx. — Postgame video recaps from West Virginia’s 29-17 win at TCU.

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Follow along: Mountaineers top TCU 29-17 for first Big 12 win

10:50 p.m. — FINAL — WEST VIRGINIA 29, TCU 17. The Mountaineers win for the first time in more than a month and end a seven-game road losing streak that dated back to their victory at TCU in 2019. West Virginia will return home 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the Big 12. The Horned Frogs have identical records in both categories.

10:40 p.m. — Sean Mahone forces a fumble after Johnston makes a 29-yard reception and Woods recovers to give the Mountaineers a third turnover forced. WVU leads by 12 and will try to run some clock down the stretch.

10:35 p.m. — The Mountaineers elect for Legg’s 38-yard field goal on fourth-and-2, but it’s blocked. TCU takes over at its 14 with 5:39 to play. The blocked kick is Legg’s first miss this season in 14 field-goal attempts.

10:30 p.m. — Chandler-Semedo vowed Tuesday that a 2-10 or 3-9 finish wasn’t happening in his final season at West Virginia. The linebacker has let his play do the talking tonight and just came up with a pivotal tackle to bring Zach Evans down for a loss of 5 yards on fourth-and-2. WVU takes over at its 40 with 9 minutes left.

10:15 p.m. — A Charles Woods interception and 32-yard return leads to Brown’s third rushing score, this one from 3 yards. Leading by 12, WVU elects to go for two, but Doege’s pass to Mike O’Laughlin sails incomplete. The Mountaineers have equaled their interception total through six games tonight. WEST VIRGINIA 29, TCU 17, 12:26 4th qtr

Leddie’s 2nd hat-trick of the season 🎩😱 pic.twitter.com/GbyvnTPEhr

— West Virginia Football (@WVUfootball) October 24, 2021

10:00 p.m. — The Mountaineers benefit from a Quentin Johnston drop on what may have otherwise been a 69-yard touchdown on the Horned Frogs’ first play. Josh Chandler-Semedo then comes up with consecutive tackles to help force a three-and-out. WVU starts at its 13 late in the third quarter.

9:52 p.m. — Legg is good from 49 yards and the Mountaineers double their lead. Following the turnover, West Virginia picked up one first down, but an untimely false start prior to third-and-5 proved costly. The Mountaineers then chose to run on third-and-10, but Brown was bottled up at the line of scrimmage. WEST VIRGINIA 23, TCU 17, 3:56 3rd qtr

9:45 p.m. — Cornerback Darryl Porter Jr. intercepts Duggan on third-and-4 and his 40-yard return positions West Virginia at the TCU 42 with 6:46 left in the third quarter.

9:35 p.m. — West Virginia punts for the first time on its opening second-half series and doesn’t get what it wanted out of it, as Tyler Sumpter’s kick travels 49 yards for a touchback. TCU takes over at its 20 with 11:49 to play in the third quarter.

9:15 p.m. — The Mountaineers finish the opening half with 304 yards and 8.7 yards per play. WVU rushed for 154 yards and passed for 150. TCU totaled 213 yards on 7.3 yards per play and got Davis’ opening kickoff return for one of its two first-half TDs.

West Virginia wide receiver Sean Ryan (10) makes a catch in front of TCU Horned Frogs cornerback Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson (1) during the first quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

9:05 p.m. — HALFTIME: WEST VIRGINIA 20, TCU 17. The Horned Frogs got to the Mountaineers’ 2 on their final series of the opening half. After the Horned Frogs lined up to go for it on fourth-and-goal, West Virginia called its final timeout. TCU came out of the break and decided to kick the field goal. The Horned Frogs intentionally took a delay of game, before cutting their deficit in half on Griffin Kell’s 24-yard boot.

8:48 p.m. — Leddie Brown into the end zone again, this time from 1 yard. West Virginia has scored on all four of its possessions — a pair of touchdowns and field goals. Doege’s 40-yard pass to a wide open Wright came two plays prior to the score. WEST VIRGINIA 20, TCU 14, 2:51 2nd qtr

✌ trips in to the end zone (so far) for @___lb4 pic.twitter.com/FEJ3mIgXF1

— West Virginia Football (@WVUfootball) October 24, 2021

8:40 p.m. — A wide open Taye Barber brings in a 5-yard TD pass from Max Duggan on fourth-and-3, and TCU is back on top. The Horned Frogs drove 74 yards in 3:48 to regain the lead. TCU 14, West Virginia 13, 5:17 2nd qtr

8:25 p.m. — Garrett Greene quarterbacks West Virginia’s third drive and breaks off a 67-yard run that leads to Legg’s 38-yard field goal. The only throw on the drive was Greene’s 1-yard ‘push pass’ Winston Wright Jr. on third-and-5, one play before Legg was brought on. WEST VIRGINIA 13, TCU 7, 9:07 2nd qtr

8:08 p.m. — Leddie Brown scores on a 5-yard run and the Mountaineers cap one of their best drives of the season with a touchdown out of a timeout. WEST VIRGINIA 10, TCU 7, 0:07 1st qtr

LB4 for SIX! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/bR689uuP3K

— West Virginia Football (@WVUfootball) October 24, 2021

8:03 p.m. — West Virginia uses its first timeout prior to a third-and-4 from the TCU 5-yard line. After forcing a punt, the Mountaineers started on their 6. They’ve needed 15 plays to reach this point, including three straight runs by Tony Mathis that totaled 22 yards and Leddie Brown’s 3-yard scamper on fourth-and-1 from the Horned Frogs’ 14. West Virginia holds a 153-29 advantage in total yards thus far.

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7:43 p.m. — Casey Legg remains perfect on the season and his 27-yard field gets West Virginia on the scoreboard, but also marks another red zone trip without a touchdown. Legg is now 11-for-11 on field goals. Jarret Doege’s 44-yard pass to Sean Ryan was the key play of the drive. Doege tried to go back to Ryan one play prior to the field goal, but his pass was nearly intercepted. TCU 7, West Virginia 3, 10:57 1st qtr

7:35 p.m. — A nightmare start for West Virginia. Derius Davis returns the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. What started as a strong season on special teams for the Mountaineers has taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks. TCU 7, West Virginia 0, 14:46 1st qtr

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— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) October 24, 2021

7:20 p.m. — Defensive lineman Taurus Simmons, safety Sean Mahone and center Zach Frazier are West Virginia’s captains. Jackie Matthews remains the starter at spear in place of Scottie Young, though WVU head coach Neal Brown said Tuesday that Young would play. Brown has beaten veteran TCU head coach in both of the previous meetings. Patterson is the third active winningest coach in the sport behind only Nick Saban and Mack Brown.

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— West Virginia Football (@WVUfootball) October 23, 2021

7:10 p.m. — West Virginia (2-4, 0-3 Big 12) enters Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. matchup at Amon G. Carter Stadium losers of three straight overall and seven straight on the road. The Mountaineers are after their fourth straight victory over TCU (3-3, 1-2), and their last win at this venue marks the last road game West Virginia won.

The Mountaineers have arrived at Amon G. Carter Stadium: pic.twitter.com/ofCX5gm27E

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There will be football. pic.twitter.com/sJzR8dELat

— Joe Brocato (@joebrowvm) October 23, 2021

Your essential pregame links:

Setting the Scene from Fort Worth

West Virginia out to snap 3-game skid, end lengthy road losing streak

Three Guys Before the Game – ‘TCU Edition’

In large part because of injuries, TCU’s defense has not performed up to its usual standards

Mountaineers try to find footing on the ground as second half of season begins

It’s strength against strength with TCU’s ground game vs. West Virginia’s run defense

 

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Setting the scene from Fort Worth as WVU preps for TCU

FORT WORTH, Tx. — Joe Brocato sets the scene from Amon G. Carter Stadium as West Virginia (2-4) gets ready to face TCU (3-3). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Mountaineers have arrived at Amon G. Carter Stadium

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