Breaking down TCU’s 30-27 overtime loss to West Virginia

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1st quarter

Josh Doctson’s 10-yard touchdown catch from Casey Pachall capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive to put TCU up 10-3. Pachall connected with three receivers, and B.J. Catalon ran for 16 yards on the drive.

2nd quarter

Pachall completed 5 of 6 passes for 47 yards, including a 12-yard scoring toss to David Porter that gave TCU a 17-3 lead with 12:10 left in the first half.

3rd quarter

A potential momentum shift went back and forth in a matter of minutes. Chris Hackett’s 33-yard scoring return on an interception was wiped away by Jason Verrett’s holding penalty. On WVU’s next possession, Paul Dawson intercepted Trickett to set up TCU at the WVU 2. But Trevone Boykin, in for Pachall at quarterback, fumbled on the Frogs’ first play.

4th quarter

WVU took a 20-17 lead after intercepting Pachall near midfield and driving 56 yards on seven plays, including Cody Clay’s 11-yard touchdown catch from Clint Trickett. On TCU’s next possession, Pachall fumbled and WVU recovered on TCU’s 17, setting up a Charles Sims’ 13-yard TD catch with 7:05 remaining in regulation.


Waymon James was tackled for a loss of 6 yards on first down, and John Wooldridge was called for a 15-yard late-hit penalty on second down, forcing TCU to attempt a 62-yard field goal on its first overtime possession. Jaden Oberkrom was wide left, and WVU’s 34-yard field goal on its first possession won it for the Mountaineers.

How they fared

Offense: TCU hasn’t looked better offensively than it did scoring 17 points in the first 18 minutes of the game. But penalties and turnovers stalled the Frogs until they regrouped and tied it in the final three minutes to force OT.

Defense: For the first time all season, one could make an argument that the defense was more to blame than the offense. (But it wouldn’t be a very good one.) WVU gained 415 yards (20 above its average) and was able to strike for long pass plays when it needed to.

Special teams: Jaden Oberkrom connected on field goals of 22 and 45 yards, the second coming with 19 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. His 62-yard attempt in overtime, which tied an NCAA record for distance on an overtime attempt, had the distance but was wide left.

Players of the game

QB Casey Pachall, TCU: He set career highs with 40 completions and 58 attempts, and his 394 yards passing is second only to his 473 yards at Boise State in 2011. His 40 completions is second in team history to Matt Vogler’s 44 against Houston in 1990. His 58 attempts are fourth-most all-time at TCU. His 394 yards passing are the sixth-most by a TCU quarterback.

RB Charles Sims, WVU: The senior transfer from Houston rushed 24 times for 154 yards, including a 31-yard TD run in the first half. He also caught three passes for 35 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown.

WR Trevone Boykin, TCU: He led the team with a career-high 11 catches for 100 yards. They were the most receptions under Gary Patterson and the most since 1995.

WR David Porter, TCU: The sophomore had a career-high eight catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Porter had nine receptions entering the game.


“I’m always trying to just lead by example, but I think some voices are going to have to be heard for these last three games, especially for my career here.” — TCU senior CB Jason Verrett

“As far as health, yes, I’m happy with what I’m able to do and the things they’ve allowed me to do. But there is no satisfaction with anything that’s gone on. Whether I throw for 500 or 50 [yards] and we still lose the game, it means nothing. That’s where I’m at with that.” — TCU QB Casey Pachall

“What we have to do is quit waiting for the last six minutes of a ballgame to go play at that high level. Simple.” — TCU coach Gary Patterson on the Frogs’ scoring 10 points in the final three minutes

“We won the toss, which is good, and elected to play defense first. That changes what we do offensively. We stopped them, so we only needed a field goal so you can be a lot more conservative with play calling.” — WVU coach Dana Holgorsen on the overtime period

TCU’s schedule

A 31LSU 37, TCU 27
S 7TCU 38, SE La. 17
S 12Texas Tech 20, TCU 10
S 28TCU 48, SMU 17
O 5Oklahoma 20, TCU 17
O 12TCU 27, Kansas 17
O 19Oklahoma St. 24, TCU 10
O 26Texas 30, Texas 7
N 2W.Va. 30, TCU 27 (OT)
N 9at Iowa State, 11 a.m.
N 16at Kansas State
N 30vs. Baylor

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