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Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns are projected to play in the Cotton Bowl, against Les Miles and the LSU Tigers.
The Horned Frogs captured their biggest win of the season, as the defense performed admirably against the high-powered offense of West Virginia.
The ground game combined for 128 yards, but they don't have a real leader running the ball. The Horned Frogs had four players who rushed for 25 yards or more, but their leader was B.J. Catalon, who had 39 yards.
The passing game did show some life, as starting quarterback Trevone Boykin threw for 254 yards, two touchdowns and one pick, and rushed for 28 yards.
Purple Wimple of Frogs O' War brings the hard truth about the offense, and says the defense is once again carrying this team:
Alright, everybody: come to Jesus, and face a dirty, sad, discouraging truth: TCU has a terrible offense. It's nice to know the coaches will have twenty extra practices with their young team to try and change that fact. But for now-- and probably through the remainder of 2012-- TCU has two dimensions, and offense ain't one of them.
Those other two dimensions, however, are good enough to keep the Frogs in it against bad teams. Thank goodness the Big 12 has a few of those.
Now let's sing praises to the job Chad Glasgow has done turning last year's backups into this year's outstanding secondary. These guys are so good they make good linebackers, when needed. Jason Verrett: I forgive you the touchdown to Stedman Bailey in overtime; you otherwise shut down a first round NFL receiver today. Elisha Olabode, Sam Carter, Chris Hackett, Derrick Kindred: hats off to you for facing some of the best pass attacks the country has to offer, and coming off conqueror.
The offense may not change all that much the rest of the season, but to know the team's defense will be there to get them through the rest of the way has to be reassuring.
The TCU Horned Frogs managed to earn an upset victory over the No. 21 West Virginia Mountaineers with a double overtime victory that featured a gutsy call to go for two rather than elect to kick a game-tying extra point to send the game to a third overtime. Brandon Carter completed the two-point attempt to Josh Boyce to give TCU a 39-38 victory after review, though the call remains questionable:
While it was the Mountaineers that earned a 21-14 lead in the first half, the Horned Frogs began a rally despite turning the ball over twice. A fumble by Tucker set up a 52-yard field goal for Tyler Bitancurt of the Mountaineers and Trevone Boykin threw an interception in the end zone that would have given TCU the lead. They were the beneficiaries of a turnover too, though, as an attempt to field a poor snap on a punt turned into a fumble that was recovered by TCU's Dominic Merka and returned for a 15-yard touchdown.
After a 26-yard field goal by Jaden Oberkrom field goal early in the fourth quarter tied the score, the West Virginia offense continued to struggle in the second half. Austin bailed out the offense, though, by giving them a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown that appeared to be the game winner.
The Horned Frogs were unable to score on the ensuing possession, but when they managed to stop the WVU offense, they were afforded one more opportunity to tie the game. After a sack backed TCU to their own six-yard line, Boykin found Boyce for a 94-yard game-tying touchdown with just 1:28 remaining and eventually forced the game to overtime.
In the first overtime period, Oberkrom missed a field goal attempt wide right, but was bailed out by the TCU defense as they blocked a field goal attempt by Bitancurt. In the second overtime, Smith struck quickly with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Stedman Bailey.
TCU responded right away with a double reverse that featured wide receiver Brandon Carter throwing to Corey Fuller for a touchdown, but instead of electing to kick the tying extra point, the Horned Frogs instead went for two.
Celebration and elation. yfrog.com/nuhrkqmj— Stefan Stevenson (@FollowtheFrogs) November 3, 2012
Box Score Hero: Josh Boyce hauled in six passes as he accumulated 180 yards receiving and two touchdowns for TCU. His second touchdown was a 94-yarder with 1:28 remaining that tied the game and eventually forced an overtime.
Rankings Ramifications: The Mountaineers entered the game as the No. 21 team in the BCS standings and will likely fall from the rankings with a third consecutive loss. The Horned Frogs did not receive any votes in the AP poll, so it is unlikely that they earn a spot in the BCS rankings, but they will likely earn some votes.
But Did They Cover? West Virginia was favored by four points over TCU and did not cover, as the Horned Frogs managed to score a touchdown in overtime and earn a one-point victory.
Next Week's Schedule: The Mountaineers will next travel to face the No. 24 Oklahoma State Cowboys, while TCU will head back home and host the No. 2 Kansas State Wildcats.
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After a 26-yard field goal by TCU's Jared Oberkrom tied the game, the Mountaineers and Horned Frogs each struggled to get much rhythm going offensively. Tavon Austin rescued the game for WVU, though, with a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown with just over three minutes remaining in the game.
While the Horned Frogs were stopped on the ensuing possession, they afforded themselves one more opportunity to tie the game after stopping the Mountaineers' offense. Although Trevone Boykin was sacked on the first play of the subsequent drive, he scrambled inside his own 5-yard line until he found Josh Boyce for a 94-yard touchdown to tie the game.The Mountaineers managed to set up a 55-yard field goal attempt to win for Tyler Bitancurt, but the attempt went wide left.
This is the second week in a row that TCU has gone in to extra time; they lost in triple overtime to Texas Tech last week.
After earning a seven-point lead in the first half, the Mountaineers extended their lead to 10 with a 52-yard field goal by Tyler Bitancurt set up by a fumble by TCU running back Matthew Tucker. However, the Horned Frogs cut the lead back to three as a disastrous attempt to punt by West Virginia resulted in a fumble recovered by Dominic Merka and returned for a 15-yard touchdown.
TCU threatened to score again as they drove in to the red zone, but Trevone Boykin made a crucial error and threw an interception to linebacker Isaiah Bruce in the end zone. On the subsequent drive in to West Virginia territory, the Horned Frogs converted a crucial fourth down to keep the drive alive.
That drive will continue in the fourth quarter as TCU will have a first down on 24-yard line of the Mountaineers.
TCU punt returner Skye Dawson fumbled a punt at the Horned Frogs' nine-yard line late in the half, which allowed West Virginia to score the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard run by Shawne Alston. Prior to that, the teams had exchanged blows, with TCU getting on the board first on a two-yard scoring run by Matthew Tucker.
Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin completed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Josh Boyce in between scoring throws by Mountaineers' quarterback Geno Smith, which made it a 14-14 game before the muffed punt. Boykin completed seven of 10 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in the half, while Smith was 19 for 29 for 175 yards and two scores.
West Virginia had a chance to tack on points before the half ended, but placekicker Tyler Bitancurt narrowly missed a 50-yard field goal attempt as time expired, keeping the 21-14 score intact.
Horned Frogs freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin has experienced growing pains against tough opponents.
West Virginia QB Geno Smith can reinsert himself in the Heisman picture with a big game against TCU.
The over/under of 68 is one of the highest of the weekend, as neither the TCU or West Virginia defenses have had much success in recent weeks.
Both TCU and West Virginia have lost two straight. Who stops their slide on Saturday?