The West Virginia football team picked up a much needed victory against TCU on Saturday evening at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.
Kicker Josh Lambert made a 34-yard field goal in overtime to help WVU escape and the final score ended at 30-27.
West Virginia running back Charles Sims rushed for a season-high 154 yards and quarterback Clint Trickett completed 25 of 41 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions for West Virginia.
This was a victory the Mountaineers (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) really needed as they snapped a three-game losing streak. The win puts them in prime position to become bowl eligible with remaining games at home against Texas, at Kansas and at home against Iowa State.
TCU and West Virginia are no strangers to playing in overtime, they had their first meeting in the Big 12 last year, and TCU overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to win 39-38 in double-overtime.
The Horned Frogs have now lost three in a row, their first three-game losing streak in coach Gary Patterson’s 13 seasons at TCU. Patterson’s only losing record at TCU is 5-6 in 2004. TCU (3-6, 1-5 Big 12) will have to win its last three to become bowl eligible and finish the season at .500.
TCU had a 17-10 halftime lead, but they couldn’t keep things together long enough to pull off the victory. West Virginia was up 27-17 at one point late in the second half, but TCU eventually fought back to tie the ballgame and send it into overtime.
The Mountaineers forced four TCU turnovers in the game. West Virginia turned those turnovers into 17 points, a big reason why they were able to pull off the win.
On the last score in the fourth quarter, the Mountaineers took advantage of a short field and went 17 yards in three plays to push the lead to 10 when Trickett hit Sims for 13 yards and a touchdown.
Trickett completed 25-of-41 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Receiver Daikiel Shorts caught six passes for 98 yards and receiver Mario Alford had three catches for 62 yards.
TCU quarterback Casey Pachall was 40-of-58 for 394 yards and three touchdowns. Trevone Boykin, TCU’s backup quarterback, hauled in 11 passes for 100 yards.
The Mountaineers will now come home to play Texas next weekend in a 7 p.m. game at Milan Puskar Stadium.