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TCU vs. West Virginia: WVU falls in 2nd overtime, continues losing streak

West Virginia tries to fix their offense against a struggling TCU defense.

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WVU's 3rd straight loss filled with highs and lows

The West Virginia Mountaineers were again on the short end of a high-scoring Big 12 football affair Saturday, as the TCU Horned Frogs earned a 39-38 overtime victory at Mountaineer Field. The loss was the third straight for the Mountaineers (5-3, 2-3 Big East), who will more than likely drop out of the top 25 rankings on Sunday.

According to SB Nation blog The Smoking Musket, West Virginia's loss was filled with highs and lows — with one of the biggest lows being the play of quarterback Geno Smith.

Geno's struggles. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. It's a sad sight to watch a guy who is has lost his lost his MOJO. Throwing into double coverage. Telegraphing passes. Late decisions that almost get picked but certainly get knocked down. Geno is inside his head in a bad way.

Though the Mountaineers defense did eventually let the team down in critical moments, The Smoking Musket said the unit was one of the highlights of the loss.

Our defense for 3 ¾ of the game. Our much-maligned defense started with a bang (and got a standing ovation that followed) and then got a bunch of other stops. That was an impressive transformation from the previous seven games. And hello Pass Rush, where have you been all year? Good to see you again.

West Virginia will look to try it snap its three-game losing streak next Saturday when they visit the Oklahoma St. Cowboys in a Big 12 contest. The game time and broadcast information has yet to be determined.


TCU wins thriller in 2OT over West Virginia

A wild, wacky battle between the Big 12's two newest teams needed overtime to be decided. With the West Virginia Mountaineers and TCU Horned Frogs tied 31-31 after four quarters of play, it was TCU that came out with the 39-38 win in double overtime.

Both schools attempted field goals in overtime. TCU went first and missed from 37 yards out. West Virginia then had their 36-yard attempt blocked.

In double overtime, the first play for the Mountaineers was a 25-yard touchdown strike from Geno Smith to Stedman Bailey.

TCU then responded with a trick play; they handed the ball off to their running back, who then flipped it on a reverse to wide receiver Brandon Carter. Carter then passed to tight end Corey Fuller, who was wide open and trotted into the end zone. See it here:


With the score 37-36, TCU decided to go for two and win the game. Trevone Boykin hit Boyce on a slant to win the game. The play was reviewed, and while it looked like a possible trap, the referees deemed it was a catch.

TCU wins 39-38.

Box Score Hero: Boyce was great all game long. He ended with six receptions for 180 yards, as well as two touchdown scores and the game-winning two-point conversion.

Rankings Ramifications: West Virginia will almost certainly fall out of the top 25.

But Did They Cover? WVU entered as 6 1/2 point favorites, so they did not cover.

For More On This Game: For more on WVU football, visit West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket, plus SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more on Horned Frogs football, visit TCU blog Frogs O' War, plus SB Nation Dallas.

Next Week's Schedule: West Virginia heads to Stillwater to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys. TCU has one of their toughest games of the season looming next week when Kansas State comes to town.

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West Virginia leads TCU 21-14 at halftime

After what was a very entertaining first half in Morgantown, the West Virginia Mountaineers hold a 21-14 lead over the TCU Horned Frogs. WVU once trailed 14-7 early in the second quarter, although Geno Smith's play and a costly muffed punt in the red zone cost TCU a chance at a lead.

Smith has been impressive so far, completing 19 of his 29 pass attempts for 174 yards and two touchdowns. His lone mistake was an interception. The Mountaineers have been unable to get anything going on the ground, gaining just 49 yards on 17 carries. Tavon Austin continues to be a force down the field with a team-high seven receptions, 85 yards and a touchdown score.

TCU's offense has been successful most of the day. Trevone Boykin was 7-for-11 on his pass attempts in the first half, throwing for an even 100 yards. He connected with Josh Boyce for a 31-yard touchdown score midway through the second quarter. Similar to the Mountaineers, the Horned Frogs haven't been able to run the ball; the team has combined for 28 yards on 20 carries.

The second half is about to begin. You can catch the action on FOX.

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