TCU edges No. 23 WVU in 2 OTs on 2-pt conversion
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 night.
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 since 2003.
The mood in the West Virginia locker room afterward was subdued — "a lot of disappointment," said West Virginia linebacker Isaiah Bruce.
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."
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