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Updated: TCU rallies to beat WVU in 2OT

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Updated 6:54 p.m. ET: West Virginia’s defense was playing much better on Saturday than it had the entire first half of the season. Up 31-24 on TCU with just three minutes left in the game, the Mountaineers needed one more stop.

Instead, WVU gave up a 94-yard touchdown pass from Trevone Boykin to Josh Boyce because, well, that’s what WVU’s defense does apparently. From there, a pair of missed field goals in the first overtime (technically, WVU’s attempt was blocked) led to another pair of touchdowns in the second overtime.

But that’s where the similarities ended. TCU coach Gary Patterson called up a trick play — a reverse-pass from Brandon Carter  to Corey Fuller for a touchdown. Then, Patterson opted to go for a two-point conversion — teams are not required to do so until the third overtime — and sure enough, it was Boykin to Boyce for the conversion and TCU came out of Morgantown with a 39-38 win over the No. 23 Mountaineers.

It was ballsy, and it was awesome. The Horned Frogs stopped the bleeding from a two-game slide and become bowl eligible. Meanwhile, the Mountaineers continue to unravel after a 5-0 start and a Heisman that was basically handed to Geno Smith. Until WVU’s season-ending game against Kansas, there isn’t one game the Mountaineers should be favored to win.

Along with Virginia Tech, West Virginia has quickly become one of the biggest disappointments in 2012.

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TCU and No. 23 West Virginia are facing off in a crucial Big 12 game for both teams. The winner becomes bowl eligible. The loser will be in a three-game slide.

After being picked on all year, WVU’s defense is playing like it understands what’s at stake. If I told you before kickoff that the Mountaineer defense had given up 14 points, your immediate reaction probably would have been “in the first five minutes?” Not so today. WVU leads TCU 21-14 at the half.

The Mountaineer defense has done a good job of getting pressure on Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin and getting off the field in general — or, at least a better job. WVU’s offense is picking up too with 21 second-quarter points after apparently falling into a cave the past two weeks. That’s been the most troubling part of West Virginia’s two-game slide.

It’s getting a little too late in the season for either team to have a realistic chance at winning the Big 12, but for the conference newbies, there’s a sense of urgency in this game. The Mountaineers still have to face Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Iowa State. TCU still has Kansas State, Texas and Oklahoma.

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18 Responses to “Updated: TCU rallies to beat WVU in 2OT”
  1. pricecube says: Nov 3, 2012 5:53 PM

    How much of it is WVU finding defense vs. TCU playing an offense without QB Casey Pachall, RB Ed Wesley, RB Waymon James et al., while starting redshirt freshman QB Boykin and true freshman RB Catalon? TCU lost so much on offense this yr that I think they will struggle to put up big points on anyone… Fortunately their D is holding a prolific WVU offense in check for the time being.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Nov 3, 2012 6:40 PM

    Not so much with OT tied at 31.

  3. RexCanCoach says: Nov 3, 2012 6:52 PM

    WVU = epic fail. bet your glad you left the big east now HAHAHA

  4. taintedlombardis says: Nov 3, 2012 6:53 PM

    WVU lol

  5. pricecube says: Nov 3, 2012 6:56 PM

    After (TCU) losing in triple overtime against Tech this yr I feel for WVU fans. Good luck the rest of the year.

  6. ldbmountaineer says: Nov 3, 2012 7:07 PM

    The ball hit the ground first. Feel really good about your win.

  7. taintedlombardis says: Nov 3, 2012 7:08 PM

    How come no stories on the bullshit PI that kept Notre Dame alive? Oh, that’s right, NBC is your overlord.

  8. pricecube says: Nov 3, 2012 7:19 PM

    @ldbmountaineer

    No it did not… Enjoy your loss… looking forward to kicking your ass in Amon Carter next year.

  9. ldbmountaineer says: Nov 3, 2012 7:20 PM

    We hire a defensive coach from one of the countries worst defenses in the country and expect a different outcome. Maybe the Big 12 has also saw enough of Dana’s offense to know how to defend it. Spending way to much money for the results we are getting.

  10. ldbmountaineer says: Nov 3, 2012 7:30 PM

    @pricecube. Sorry for my bad sportsmanship. Best of luck the rest of the season. You have a very good team. Tough loss for us. First time we have loss 3 in a row in many years & it is not the great Big 12 defense. It is also our offense. We would be having same results in Big East.

  11. pricecube says: Nov 3, 2012 7:44 PM

    @ldbmountaineer

    My apologies also… I know how bad it feels to lose a game like that … neither team deserved to lose. Again good luck the rest of the way.

    I can only speak for myself here… but I think the Big 12 is a huge leap in competition for us coming from the MWC. We are holding our own all things considered though.

    Keep your chin up… the future looks bright for both WVU and TCU.

  12. axltcu says: Nov 3, 2012 7:58 PM

    That was one of the best games I have ever seen. The announcers tried really hard to ruin my enjoyment of it. Is it just me or does Fox have a monopoly on terrible announcing crews?

  13. dmcgrann says: Nov 3, 2012 8:12 PM

    @axltcu, no, it just seems that way. Watch some FCS games on the lower level networks of NBC/Comcast and you’ll wonder what ever happened to real talent, like Pam Ward.

  14. metroplexfrog says: Nov 3, 2012 8:33 PM

    Great win for the Frogs. Both teams had chances to win in regulation.

    Good luck to WVU the rest of the season.

  15. RexCanCoach says: Nov 3, 2012 9:16 PM

    As usual WVU will never, ever be the top dog in college football.

    Anyone who thinks they will are kidding themselves.

  16. inconsonance says: Nov 4, 2012 3:47 AM

    @RexCanCoach – First, if your username is a reference to Rex Ryan, you’re delusional. Anyone that would keep Mark Sanchez at QB is obviously not a good coach. Tebow sucks, too, mind you. All three of them could be replaced by circus monkeys with no noticeable degradation of performance.

    Second, WVU is well known for getting very close to legitimate success and fucking it up. You’re not making some novel discovery or astute observation by stating that they’ll never “be the top dog.” Read “Waiting for the Fall: A Decade of Dreams, Drama and West Virginia University Football” by Mike Casazza to see just how many years ago our fan base came to that conclusion.

    Finally, learn the goddamned difference between “your” and “you’re” before posting. Between that and your use of Engrish and mathematical symbols you express yourself, you come off looking like an ignorant asshole.

  17. inconsonance says: Nov 4, 2012 3:53 AM

    After “mathematical symbols,” “you” should read “to.” That was an error in my proofreading. In my defense, I had to piss so badly that it disrupted my train of thought. It happens.

  18. bbeaman78 says: Nov 5, 2012 9:32 PM

    West Virginia’s defense is like running offense against air. Great news, got what ails ya! A shoot out with Oklahoma State. Holderson and Deforest want to make a statement to their former employer.

    OSU hopes to have enough qb’s to finish the season. Should be a fun match up.

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