"I know he's going to give us a chance deep down the field," receiver Kevin White said. "I know he's not scared to take shots. We've still got to make plays, whoever's back there. I know Clint is going to take a lot of deep shots and let us go up there and get it."
WVU has tried to push the ball deeper down the field with Trickett, and the majority of WVU's long gains through the air have come with Trickett, but he's also helped the receivers draw six pass interference penalties in his starts.
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WVU VISITS TCU Saturday and the Horned Frogs (3-5, 1-4) lead the Big 12 in sacks (24) and interceptions (15). The last team to lead the league in both categories was Nebraska in 1996.
Senior cornerback Jason Verrett leads the country with 36 passes defended - eight interceptions and 28 pass break-ups. Sophomore defensive end Devonte Fields, who was the Big 12's defensive freshman and player of the year last season and the preseason defensive player of the year this season, only had two sacks before an injury forced him to take a medical redshirt.
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TCU PLAYED host to Texas Saturday. The team hasn't played back-to-back home games since 2011. The Horned Frogs are also 27-9 in the regular season following a loss under Coach Gary Patterson and have never lost three in a row in Patterson's 13 seasons.
WVU is on a three-game losing streak. The Mountaineers lost five in a row last season under third-year Coach Dana Holgorsen.
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TCU STARTED the season with Casey Pachall back from last season's suspension that kept him out of the final nine games and saw him enter a drug and alcohol treatment facility. He was injured Sept. 7 and only returned last week.
Trevone Boykin, who has filled in for Pachall this season and last season, averages just 147 yards passing per game and has five touchdowns and seven interceptions. Boykin also has five receptions for 41 yards while receiver Cameron Luper-Echols is 2-for-2 passing for 49 yards and a 38-yard touchdown against Texas.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.