FORT WORTH, Texas —
In their overtime possession, the Horned Frogs had minus-5 yards, a 15-yard personal foul and an incomplete pass. Jaden Oberkrom, whose 45-yard field goal tied the game 27-27 with 19 seconds to play, missed a 62-yard attempt in overtime. Oberkrom’s career-long field goal was 53 yards.
The Horned Frogs have 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’s 17-10 halftime lead held up until the Mountaineers started to take control in the fourth quarter. During an eight-minute stretch starting at the end of the third quarter, the Mountaineers forced TCU into three turnovers in five plays leading to 17 West Virginia points. On the last score, the Mountaineers took advantage of a short field and went 17 yards in three plays to push the lead to 10 when Trickett found Sims from 13 yards out with 7:11 to go.
But TCU quarterback Casey Pachall — who had an interception and a fumble in that previous stretch — went 12-for-15 on TCU’s next two drives. He went 8-for-9 on the first drive, including a 3-yard touchdown pass into the back of the end zone to David Porter to cut TCU’s deficit to 27-24 with three minutes left.
“We set ourselves back a couple of times,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “Four turnovers. You’re not going to win many ballgames doing that. You’ve got to score points in this league. We didn’t start moving the ball until we had to at the end of the ballgame. You’ve got to be able to do it a long time before that.”
Pachall, in his second game back after missing the previous five games with a broken non-throwing arm, was 40-of-58 with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Pachall’s first play from scrimmage was an interception, and his touchdown pass to Josh Doctson in the first quarter was his first touchdown pass of the year.