"You have to give credit to West Virginia for coming back and doing the things they did, but to be honest with you we gave one away," TCU Coach Gary Patterson. "That is about as simple as I can tell you how it is."
There were more oddities. TCU had a quarterback catch 11 passes and also lose a fumble while running for what would have been a decisive score in the third quarter, but was instead the error that let the Mountaineers back into the game.
Down 17-10 with 24 seconds left in the third quarter, quarterback Clint Trickett didn't see a linebacker drop into the path of a pass to receiver Jordan Thompson, but Paul Dawson read Trickett's eyes and returned the interception 17 yards to his 2-yard line.
"I was in a bad place right there," Holgorsen said.
Trevone Boykin, the team's backup quarterback who plays plenty as a receiver and a running back, took the next snap and ran right, but the ball was stripped loose by linebacker Isaiah Bruce and recovered by linebacker Jared Barber.
WVU turned that into a 42-yard field goal and then intercepted Pachall on the next play to set up Cody Clay's first career touchdown, an 11-yard play action pass with a short throw to Clay and some ambition from the tight end to force his way up the sideline and over the goal line for a 20-17 lead.
TCU managed two whole snaps without a turnover before Pachall was sacked by defensive end Will Clarke and lost the fumble to safety Darwin Cook. Another play action pass, this to running back Charles Sims, was good for 13 yards and another score for a 27-17 lead.
The Mountaineers were weird in their own ways. They threw 41 passes against the team that leads the Big 12 in sacks and interceptions, and somewhat paid in the form of three sacks and two interceptions, but also won the game with the way they ran the ball and how the threat of the run made life easier on Trickett.
Then that very same WVU defense that allowed the game's final 21 points in a 37-27 loss to Texas Tech and the final 28 points in a 35-12 loss to Kansas State in the past two weeks reappeared in the final 7:11.
It first surrendered an 11-play, 73-yard touchdown drive that took 4:01 off the clock and was forced back out on the field just four plays later to defend the final 90 seconds of regulation. TCU had three first downs to start the drive and was at the 32 with 52 seconds left, but settled for a 45-yard field goal.
It was enough to force overtime, but not nearly enough to overcome everything else, including the Mountaineers.
"Fumble on the 2-yard line, personal foul in overtime," Patterson said. "We set ourselves back a couple times and had four turnovers. You're not going to win many ball games doing that. You've got to score points in this league and we didn't start moving the ball until we had to at the end of the game. You have to be able to do it a long time before that."
Sims was the focus of the offense with 155 yards rushing and a touchdown on 24 carries and 35 yards and a touchdown on three receptions. Trickett completed 25 of 41 passes for 267 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Daikiel Shorts caught five passes for 98 yards and Mario Alford added 62 yards on three catches as he started in place of Ronald Carswell, who was suspended for a violation of team rules.
Cook made a career-high 14 tackles to go with his fumble recovery.
Pachall was 40-for-58 for 394 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Boykin caught 11 passes for 100 yards. David Porter, who had nine catches all season, finished with eight for 72 yards and two scores, and Josh Doctson, who came in with 12 receptions all season, had eight for 92 yards and a score.
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