Frogs Escape Morgantown with 31-30 Win
Morgantown, W.Va. – Jaden Oberkrom kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired as No. 7 TCU escaped Morgantown with a 31-30 comeback win over No. 20 West Virginia. The Frogs overcame a 13-0 deficit to move to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in Big 12 play and keeps their playoff hopes alive. The Mountaineers dropped to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in conference. Despite the Frogs worst performance this season on offense, Gary Patterson’s defense forced five turnovers to keep TCU within striking distance. After a strong performance in the first quarter, West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett was limited to 162 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Meanwhile, Frogs’ cornerback Kevin White limited Big 12 leading receiver Kevin White to just three catches for 28 yards. Running back B.J. Catalon led the Frogs with 20 carries for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns on the day as the offense racked up 223 rushing yards. Frogs’ quarterback Trevone Boykin didn’t have his best performance of the year, completing just 12-of-30 passes for 166 yards with one touchdown and interception. West Virginia jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead to start the game. On the Mountaineers first drive, quarterback Clint Trickett directed a 10-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off with a 23-yard pass to Mario Alford. Trickett also completed a 23-yard pass to White during the drive. After a quick three and out by TCU, West Virginia increased their lead to 10-0 with a Josh Lambert field goal. The Mountaineers traveled 51 yards in 14 plays. Lambert added a 44-yard field goal on the ensuing drive after TCU failed to field the kickoff and West Virginia recovered at the TCU 30. The Frogs didn’t get their second possession of the first quarter until the 3:52 mark. The Frogs used a 6-play, 83-yard drive with Boykin hitting Deante’ Gray with a screen pass that Gray took 47-yards for the score to bring them within 13-7. The two teams traded possessions with neither managing a first down. A fumble by West Virginia running back Rushel Shell with just over thirteen minutes left in the second quarter gave the Frogs life at the West Virginia 43 yard line. However, the Mountaineers stout defense forced a three and out. But, the Frogs defense came up again with a big play on the ensuing drive when Chris Hackett intercepted a Trickett pass over the middle that gave the Frogs excellent field position at the West Virginia 21. However, after a crackback penalty the Frogs were pushed back to the Mountaineer 36 where they were once again unable to convert a first down. The Frogs took their first lead of the day after the Mountaineers third turnover of the game after an errant snap that defensive end Mike Tuaua recovered. The turnover gave the Frogs the ball at the Mountaineer 27. TCU used five consecutive run plays on the drive that was capped off by a 2-yard run by Boykin to push the Frogs’ lead to 14-13. That lead didn’t last long as West Virginia answered back with a 7-play, 79-yard drive, much of it coming on the ground, as Dremius Smith scored from two yards out to give the Mountaineers a 20-14 lead. Smith had a 50-yard run on the drive to help the scoring drive. The game seemed in doubt for the Frogs on their ensuing drive as Boykin hit Josh Doctson for what appeared to be a first down for the Frogs. However, before Doctson went to the ground he was stripped by Terrell Chestnut and the West Virginia cornerback returned it 35-yards for a score to give his team a 27-14 lead with just over six minutes left in the third quarter. After another Frogs’ punt, the defense once gain them life after forcing yet another Mountaineer turnover. After avoiding a rush, Trickett appeared to be throwing the ball out of bounds on 3rd and 9 but Frogs’ linebacker Paul Dawson had a nice one-handed grab on the sideline that gave TCU the ball at West Virginia 28. It took the Frogs just three-plays to capitalize off the turnover as Catalon ran it in from 23-yards out to bring TCU to within 27-21. Like it had in previous TCU scores, the West Virginia offense bounced back as they drove all the way to the Frogs’ 6-yard line. Trickett hit Alford for a 46-yard gain to start the drive. The Frogs’ defense bent but didn’t break as they forced another Lambert field goal that put West Virginia in front 30-21 with 14:56 left to play in the game. The Frogs got in West Virginia territory on their next drive but stalled at the Mountaineer 46. After the Frogs forced a quick three and out by the Mountaineers, the Frogs’ used an 8-play, 51-yard drive that was capped with Catalon’s second touchdown of the day; this time from 6-yards out to bring the Frogs within 28-30. The Frogs forced another three and out on West Virginia, who looked to be very conservative in the final quarter. TCU took over with 5:59 left at their own 29. A 21-yard run by Boykin pushed the ball to the 50 and after two runs by Catalon and Green the Frogs were faced with a 4th and 3 at the West Virginia 43. Boykin’s pass sailed over Catalon’s head on the fourth down play but officials clearly missed defensive backs holding on to Catalon. The Mountaineers took over again with just 3:46 left in the game but the Frogs’ run defense stuffed three consecutive runs to force a punt. TCU took over at the own 24. The Frogs used six plays to get to the West Virginia 20, including a 40-yard pass from Boykin to Kolby Listenbee. Oberkrom would later nail the game winner.
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