|Date of game: 11/1/2014
Recap: West Virginia vs. TCU
Morgantown, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaden Oberkrom made a 37-yard field goal as time expired to lift No. 10 TCU over 20th-ranked West Virginia, 31-30, on Saturday.
The Horned Frogs took over at their own 24 with 2:07 to play. Kolby Listenbee's 40-yard catch moved the ball to the WVU 33-yard line and following four straight runs, Oberkrom made the game-winning field goal.
Trevone Boykin completed 12-of-30 passes for 166 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Horned Frogs (7-1, 4-1 Big 12), who have won three in a row. He also carried the ball nine times for 49 yards and a score.
B.J. Catalon rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries for TCU, which entered the game as the nation's highest scoring team (50.4 ppg). Deante' Gray caught two passes for 55 yards and a score.
Clint Trickett connected on 15-of-26 passes for 162 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Mountaineers (6-3, 4-2), who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Mario Alford caught three passes for 79 yards and a score for West Virginia, which turned the ball over five times.
After TCU took a 14-13 lead with 9:27 left in the third quarter, the Mountaineers scored two touchdowns in 15 seconds. Dreamius Smith ripped off a 50-yard run before scoring from five yards.
West Virginia cornerback Terrell Chestnut followed with a great individual effort on the first play of the ensuing TCU drive. Josh Doctson caught a pass before Chestnut ripped the ball loose and raced 35 yards the other way for a strip-and-score.
But Trickett made a big mistake on the next WVU possession. On 3rd-and-9, Trickett was under pressure and was picked off by Paul Dawson. Catalon's 23-yard TD run got TCU within 27-21 with 2:25 remaining.
"I thought that if we could make it through the third quarter, that with the wind we could change the field position and get close enough," said TCU coach Gary Patterson. "We were in a lot of trouble but we fought back and got some stops so we could do that."
The Mountaineers responded with a field goal. Alford's 46-yard catch led to Josh Lambert's 23-yard field goal.
After each team punted once, TCU started from its own 49-yard line. Doctson's 15-yard catch preceded five straight runs. On 3rd-and-goal, Catalon scored from six yards out to make it 30-28.
The Horned Frogs' offense was back on the field after West Virginia went three-and-out. Boykin's 21-yard run moved the ball to midfield. TCU, however, ended up turning the ball over on downs.
A quick three-and-out by the Mountaineers set up TCU's game-winning drive.
"I take responsibility for what happened offensively," said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. "It was bad. It was not acceptable."
West Virginia converted a trio of third downs on the game's opening possession. Kevin White's 23-yard catch on 3rd-and-6 led to Alford's 23-yard TD catch.
After the Horned Frogs went three-and-out, Trickett led the Mountaineers on a 14-play drive that Lambert capped with a 21-yard field goal.
The West Virginia offense was back on the field after the Mountaineers recovered the ensuing kickoff. Lambert made a 44-yard field goal to make it 13-0.
Gray responded with a 47-yard TD catch with 1:44 left in the first quarter.
TCU was unable to take advantage of three West Virginia turnovers during a scoreless second stanza. The last of those turnovers came when Wendell Smallwood fumbled. The Horned Frogs took over at the WVU 23-yard line but Boykin was intercepted by KJ Dillon.
The Horned Frogs finally cashed in on a WVU turnover early in the third period. A miscommunication between Trickett and the center led to a fumble, recovered by TCU's Mike Tuaua. Boykin kept the ball himself and ran for a touchdown from two yards out.Game Notes
The all-time series is tied, 2-2 ... Smith carried the ball 12 times for 70
yards ... West Virginia plays at Texas next Saturday, while TCU welcomes
Kansas State to town next weekend.