A 32-yard pass to from Webb to Amaro moved TTU to WVU's 11 and the Red Raiders scored on a 1-yard run two plays later to make it 27-23.
After a series of punts, the Red Raiders regained the lead on an 84-yard drive. Webb completed a 37-yard pass to Amaro and a 16-yard pass to Marquez, both in tight spots, before Williams covered the final 14 yards on two carries. His 1-yard touchdown, his second score of the game, made it 30-27 with 9:30 to go.
"When things got tough," offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson said, "we didn't have anyone who could make a play."
The Mountaineers used a pair of turnovers late in the first half to force a 13-13 tie at halftime that seemed improbably after falling behind 13-0 early in the second quarter.
The Red Raiders opened the scoring by taking a short field and completing a 10-yard touchdown pass to an uncovered Amaro on third down. Sims lost a fumble at the TTU 32 and the Red Raiders were on the scoreboard again 11 plays later with a 21-yard field goal. WVU's defense allowed no yards on first, second and third down at its 4.
Holgorsen, who had been outscored 144-41 in the first quarter of his 12 losses at WVU, then made a bizarre decision on a strange drive near the end of the first quarter. The Mountaineers reached the TTU 22 after converting a pair of third downs, the second with a 12-yard run by Trickett on third-and-8.
Trickett then completed a five-yard pass, but center Pat Eger committed a personal foul after the play to move the offense back 15 yards. After an incomplete pass, right guard Mark Glowinski was called for holding to set up third-and-30. Sims gained 16 yards on third down and Holgorsen decided to go for the first down instead of a 43-yard field goal.
Trickett's pass to Shorts was incomplete. Holgorsen said he "regretted" the decision.
"We should have kicked it," he said. "What I was thinking at that point we I felt good that we were moving the ball, and I saw them take it right down the field and score two times in a row, so I felt like touchdowns were important. We should have kicked a field goal."
The Red Raiders had a second-and-25 at the WVU 39 a few moments later and a pass to Amaro fell incomplete, but safety Darwin Cook hit Amaro well after the play was over and the personal foul penalty gave TTU 15 yards and a first down. Linebacker Jared Barber made a tackle for a three-yard loss on a run on third-and-1 and TTU settled for a 36-yard field goal for a 13-0 lead.
The Mountaineers finally scored and moved from their 11 to TTU's 16 with four first downs in nine plays, but the drive stalled in the red zone and WVU let Josh Lambert make a 33-yard field goal.
The Red Raiders hurried down the field again and a 27-yard swing pass to Deandre Washington had the ball at WVU's 13. After Williams gained no yards, Webb ran on a designed quarterback draw and tried to barrel over the goal line, but ran into linebacker Isaiah Bruce. His hit forced a fumble that he recovered at the 1.
After a pair of incomplete passes, Sims gained 16 yards and would have run for 99 had he made the last defender miss. A third-and-14 followed, but Trickett completed a 40-yard pass to Kevin White between two defenders. On third-and-1, Smith started left and worked his way back to the right before darting through the middle for a 38-yard touchdown to make it a 13-10 game.
Cornerback Terrell Chestnut stripped the ball out of the hands of TTU's Austin Stewart on the kickoff and WVU's Brandon Napoleon recovered at the TTU 17. Lambert kicked a 30-yard field goal with 23 seconds left in the half.
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