FORT WORTH, Texas — West Virginia had been making a bad habit out of giving up leads the last two weeks, and it was making the Mountaineers’ fight to become bowl eligible a tough one.
Last week, West Virginia gave up a five-point third quarter lead and lost to Kansas State 35-12, and the week before the Mountaineers led Texas Tech by 11 points in the third before falling 37-27.
On Saturday, West Virginia gave up a 10-point fourth quarter lead to TCU but came back in overtime with a Josh Lambert 35-yard game-winning field goal for a 30-27 victory over TCU.
“That shows how tough these guys are — to have that happen to us twice the last two weeks, to have the lead and lose it — we did that again but then we still finished,” West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett said. “We’re a mentally tough team. We prepared for this and our guys deserve it.”
Charles Sims rushed for a season-high 154 yards and Trickett completed 25 of 41 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions for West Virginia.
The Mountaineers (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) snapped a three-game losing streak and continue to fight for bowl eligibility with games at Texas, at Kansas and at home against Iowa State remaining.
TCU and West Virginia had their first meeting in the Big 12 last year, and in the game, TCU overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to win 39-38 in double-overtime.
“Last year we were in that situation, we needed to win, they needed to win, and in the same spot, they found a way to win at the end,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. “Two teams that needed to win; two teams in similar situations. and we found a way to get the win. I was proud of the way our guys didn’t quit.”