This was West Virginia's fourth straight bowl appearance and first Bluebonnet Bowl. They started off well, winning their first three games and at one point ranked 12th in the polls before losing their last three games. TCU improved seven games from last season under Wacker in his second season, in their first bowl appearance since 1965.
West Virginia scored 21 points in a 14-minute span on the first half before TCU finally got onto the board. However, the Horned Frogs suffered with the loss of All-American running back Kenneth Davis, to a knee injury, as they trailed 31-7 at halftime. TCU scored in the second half just once, as West Virginia's 302 passing yard attack overwhelmed a team lacking a rush attack. However, Anthony Gulley finished with 150 yards passing for the Frogs, with touchdown passes to Dan Sharp and Keith Burnett. Willie Drewery had six catches and 152 yards for West Virginia. 
The Mountaineers would return to a bowl game three years later, but wouldn't win one until 2000. TCU did not make a bowl game again under Wacker, waiting 10 years for their next bowl game appearance, and 14 for a bowl win. Both would join the Big XII together in 2012.