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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Trevone Boykin leaped over defenders and threw from the hip for touchdowns, breaking TCU’s career record for total offense while leading the fifth-ranked Horned Frogs past West Virginia 40-10 on Thursday night for their 16th consecutive victory.
Boykin was 32 of 47 for 388 yards and three touchdowns and ran 11 times for 84 yards, with a 2-yard keeper for a score when he hurdled a defender at the goal line and several nifty scrambles that left the Mountaineers tackling at air.
When Boykin avoided a sack late in the third quarter, making a move that had linebacker Jared Barber flailing to the ground, he gained 11 yards before running out of bounds on the West Virginia sideline and slapping hands with coach Dana Holgorsen.
In their last game before the first weekly College Football Playoff rankings of the season, TCU (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) made quite an impression. As did Boykin and Josh Doctson (11 catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns) on Heisman Trophy voters tuning into a midweek game.
All the losses for the Mountaineers (3-4, 0-4) have been in consecutive games against the Big 12’s four ranked teams. They previously lost to No. 14 Oklahoma, No. 12 Oklahoma State and No. 2 Baylor – all teams TCU has to play in November.
Boykin has 12,041 total yards, breaking the previous record 11,925 held by Andy Dalton, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback who led TCU to an undefeated season and Rose Bowl victory during the 2010 season.
The Frogs’ winning streak is second only to top-ranked Ohio State’s 21-game run.
NORTH CAROLINA 26, NO. 23 PITTSBURGH 19
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Marquise Williams threw two long touchdown passes and North Carolina beat Pittsburgh in a matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference upstarts.
The unexpected ACC Coastal showdown was the first of a three-week round-robin that will likely determine the division title. The Tar Heels (7-1, 4-0) face No. 22 Duke next at home with a chance to put a vice grip on the program’s first trip to the ACC title game.
North Carolina has won seven straight since a sloppy opening loss to South Carolina and is off to its best start since 1997 under Mack Brown.
For the third straight season, Williams came up huge against Pitt (6-2, 3-1). The senior was 14 for 23 for 270 yards and ran for 52. He has 1,020 total yards in three career victories against the Panthers.
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