The WVU defense also experienced rare success on third down.
Excluding a 13-play, 78-yard first quarter scoring drive, TCU went 1-for-14 on third downs.
Last season, opposing offenses converted 50 percent or better of third downs in just three of 13 games.
The last five West Virginia opponents had pulled off the 50 percent or better feat, so Saturday's 23.53 rate (4-for-17) represented a marked improvement.
The WVU offense, however, might be more of an issue heading into the final third of the regular season schedule.
Consider this: Patterson said he lost leading tackler Sam Carter, a safety who was playing linebacker Saturday, during WVU's three-touchdown second quarter.
Carter was poked in the eye and didn't return until the opening possession of the second half.
In the second quarter, WVU quarterback Geno Smith completed 12-of-18 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Shawne Alston scored on a 1-yard plunge after TCU muffed a punt and gave WVU the ball inside the 10.
With Carter on the field in the other three quarters, the WVU offense generated 146 yards on 55 plays - an average of 2.66 yards per snap. In the second quarter, the Mountaineers averaged 5.19 yards per play.
"(Sam Carter) was gone the whole second quarter and they attacked our linebacker," Patterson said. "We just weren't athletic enough. Sam came back in the third quarter and we played the way we wanted to."
In the post-game news conference, Holgorsen was asked about losing three consecutive games as the favorite.
That stoked my curiosity. The database for such information only goes back to 1985, but it hasn't happened to a WVU football team since then.
An interesting tidbit, but a month it wasn't one I thought would be relevant this season.
Contact sports editor Chuck McGill at chuck.mcg...@dailymail.com or 304-348-7949.