WVU slips to TCU, 39-38, in double overtime
West Virginia's Jared Barber (33) and Karl Joseph (8) tackle TCU's Brandon Carter during the first half.
West Virginia wide receiver J.D. Woods catches a touchdown pass in front of TCU safety Elisha Olabode during the first half.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia lost Saturday to TCU in double overtime when Josh Boyce caught a two-point conversion from Trevone Boykin to give the Horned Frogs a 39-38 win at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Tight end Corey Fuller had caught a 25-yard touchdown before Coach Gary Patterson called a timeout and decided to go for two points.
The loss gives West Virginia its first three-game losing streak since the end of the 2004 season.
The Mountaineers are now 5-3, 2-3 in the Big 12 Conference, and TCU is 6-3, 3-3.
Geno Smith threw a touchdown pass to Stedman Bailey for a 38-31 lead to start the second OT, but the defense could not hold TCU.
The game appeared in the bag when Tavon Austin returned a punt 76 electrifying yards late in the fourth quarter to break open a tie game with 3:19 to play.
But that wasn't enough.
Two series later, TCU quarterback Boykin, pinned to his own 6- yard line on second and long, threw a 94-yard touchdown pass to Boyce that tied the game with 1:28 to play.
The Mountaineers' Tyler Bitancurt attempted a 55-yard field goal that went wide left, giving the ball back to TCU for 13 seconds before OT.
Austin's return came with just 3:19 left in the game and followed a sack by the defense that stopped Boykin.
The much maligned defense forced a pair of fumbles and got a key third quarter stop via an interception on the goal line.
First Published November 3, 2012 7:01 pm