TCU tops West Virginia in 2 OT
Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) - Josh Boyce sent the game into overtime with a 94-yard touchdown reception and then hauled in the game-winning two-point conversion to help TCU down No. 23 West Virginia, 39-38, in a double-overtime thriller.
After both teams missed field goals in the first overtime, Geno Smith lofted a pass in the left portion of the end zone on the Mountaineers' first play to Stedman Bailey, who beat his defender with a stop-and-go route.
TCU tied things up again just a play later. On a reverse pass play, Brandon Carter threw to a wide-open Corey Fuller for the 25-yard score.
The Horned Frogs then went for two and Boykin rolled right before firing low to Boyce, who was able to get his hands underneath the ball for the conversion.
Boyce finished the day with 180 yards and two scores on six receptions for the Horned Frogs (6-3, 3-3 Big 12), who snapped a two-game slide.
Boykin was 12-of-29 for 254 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, and added 28 yards on 15 carries in the victory.
Smith threw for 260 yards with three scores and an interception on 32-of-54 efficiency for West Virginia (5-3, 2-3), which has dropped three straight.
"TCU made more plays than we did," West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said. "We had plenty of opportunities to win the game and we failed to do so."
Tavon Austin returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown to give West Virginia a 31-24 lead with 3:19 left in regulation before Boyce knotted the contest two possessions later.
After Josh Francis sacked Boykin for a 9-yard loss, Boykin eluded pressure before scrambling left and hitting Boyce, who was left wide open at the 38- yard line.
Boyce then galloped past the West Virginia defenders along the left sideline the rest of the way for the game-tying score with 1:28 to go.
Tyler Bitancurt missed a 55-yard field goal with 13 ticks to go on WVU's ensuing series.
Earlier, Matthew Tucker capped a 13-play, 78-yard drive with a 2-yard score before West Virginia countered two possessions later when Smith hit J.D. Woods for a 22-yard touchdown late in the opening frame.
Smith was intercepted by Jason Verrett on the Mountaineers' ensuing series, which led to a 31-yard score on the next snap when Boykin found a streaking Boyce to make it 14-7 early in the second quarter.
West Virginia found the end zone on its next two offensive trips down the field to take the lead.
Austin's 43-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown preceded Shawne Alston's 1-yard rushing score, which made it 21-14 in favor of West Virginia with 5:00 to play in the half.
Bitancurt nailed a 52-yard field goal early in the third, which gave the home team a 10-point margin before TCU charged back with the next 10 points to knot the contest.
The Horned Frogs blocked a punt on West Virginia's next touch and Dominic Merka picked up the loose ball for a 15-yard score. Jaden Oberkrom's 26-yard field goal early in the fourth tied the game.
Bitancurt was 1-of-5 on field goals for the day ... TCU outgained West Virginia, 405-338 ... The Horned Frogs won the time of possession battle over the Mountaineers, 33:03-26:57.
11/04 00:31:30 ET