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11/03/2012 8:54 PM EDT
TCU edges No. 23 WVU in 2 OTs on 2-pt conversion
TCU 39, WEST VIRGINIA 38
By JOHN RABY
AP Sports Writer
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Despite a disappointing debut season in
the Big 12, TCU is turning out to be pretty tough on the road.
Corey Fuller caught a 25-yard touchdown pass and Trevone Boykin
threw to Josh Boyce for the 2-point conversion, lifting TCU to a
39-38 double overtime win over No. 23 West Virginia on Saturday
In becoming bowl eligible, TCU (6-3, 3-3 Big 12) snapped a
two-game losing streak and improved to 3-1 on the road in the
conference despite having a freshman-laden team.
"We have to just keep growing up and getting better," TCU coach
Gary Patterson said. "Anytime you go on the road and get a win,
it's a positive."
It left fellow Big 12 newcomer West Virginia (5-3, 2-3) with a
three-game losing streak for the first time since the end of the
2004 season and two straight losses at home for the first time
The mood in the West Virginia locker room afterward was subdued
- "a lot of disappointment," said West Virginia linebacker
TCU overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half and got the
victory after West Virginia went ahead on Geno Smith's 25-yard
TD pass to Stedman Bailey.
On TCU's possession in the second overtime, Boykin handed off to
B.J. Catalon and he pitched to Brandon Carter, who threw to
Fuller in the end zone.
Boyce then caught the 2-point conversion, which was upheld after
review, setting off a celebration on the TCU sideline.
"I knew I caught it," Boyce said. "We kept fighting. The game is
never over until the last whistle."
TCU outgained the Mountaineers 405-338. Smith finished with
three touchdown passes, including two in the second quarter. But
West Virginia was limited to 126 yards after halftime.
"What we've done the last three games offensively is totally
unacceptable," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said.
Tavon Austin helped West Virginia with a 76-yard punt return for
a score with 3:19 left for a 31-24 lead.
But West Virginia's beleaguered defense, which had allowed an
average of 53 points in its four previous games, got exposed
again at the worst possible time.
TCU took over deep in its territory late in the game and Boykin
was sacked on first down. After scrambling on the next play, he
found Boyce, who was pushed out of bounds by a defender,
returned to the field and was wide open when he caught the ball.
Boyce went 96 yards untouched into the end zone with 1:28 left
to force overtime.
"Their receiver was out of bounds, and he came back in and we
lost track of him," Holgorsen said. "Then their quarterback made
a play. It was sad to see (TCU) get that long pass after (West
Virginia's defense) had played so well."
West Virginia had a chance to win it in regulation, getting a
first down at the TCU 38 with under a minute left. But Smith
threw three straight incompletions and Tyler Bitancurt's 55-yard
field goal try was short with 13 seconds left.
Both teams missed field goals in the first overtime. Jaden
Oberkrom's 37-yard try was wide left, while Bitancurt's 36-yard
attempt was blocked. It was Bitancurt's fourth miss of the game.
TCU went on defense first in the second overtime and gave up
Bailey's 15th touchdown grab of the season, a West Virginia
The Horned Frogs then made good only their only play of the
Boyce, who had six catches for 180 yards and two scores, wasn't
surprised at the decision to go for two points, saying Patterson
called the same play - although it didn't work - in a close win
last year at Boise State.
"In these environments you have to go for it," Boyce said.
Boykin finished 12 of 29 for 254 yards and two scores.
"He was getting hit all night," Boyce said. "But to step up like
that, as a freshman quarterback, he's going to be great. He's
going to be a great player. We just need to get a couple more
things tweaked and we're going to be good."
Patterson also noted the beating Boykin took, joking that he's
going to let some offensive linemen play quarterback next week
"and see how they like that."
Smith wasn't at his best but generated more points than the past
two games combined, both blowout losses to No. 20 Texas Tech and
No. 3 Kansas State.
TCU forced Smith out of the pocket and he took several hard hits
on runs, including being shaken up in the third quarter after
landing awkwardly on a third-down rush. He went to the sideline
and crouched on both knees momentarily before heading to the
bench. He didn't miss a play.
Smith finished 32 of 54 for 260 yards.
Austin also scored on a 43-yard reception in the second quarter.
He caught 11 passes for 101 yards.
West Virginia forced a turnover on special teams when Karl
Joseph hit TCU's Skye Dawson on a punt return, and the
Mountaineers' Nana Kyeremeh recovered at the 9. Shawne Alston,
back from missing four games because of a right thigh bruise,
scored from 1 yard for a 21-14 halftime lead.
Bitancurt connected on a career-best 52-yard field goal early in
the second half. But on West Virginia's next drive, Bitancurt
couldn't handle a low snap on a punt. TCU's Dominic Merka picked
up the loose ball and went 15 yards for a score to pull the
Horned Frogs within 24-21.
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