The deep pass was thrown right to Virginia leading receiver Darius Jennings, bouncing off his facemask for an incompletion near midfield early in the game.
Then after halftime, Jennings appeared to have a catch near the goal-line before a jarring hit by TCU' safety Chris Hackett knocked the ball loose for another incompletion.
Add in four turnovers and the Cavaliers were left with a 27-7 loss Saturday at the 17th-ranked Horned Frogs, who won their 11th consecutive game to extended FBS's longest winning streak.
''We drove the ball, had a lot of opportunities,'' quarterback Michael Rocco said. ''But we kind of stubbed our toe on our own doing.''
Brandon Carter had a 68-yard touchdown on one of his two one-handed catches and linebacker Kenny Cain recovered a fumble along with two interceptions for the Horned Frogs (3-0).
Casey Pachall threw for 305 yards with three touchdowns and his first interception of the season.
Pachall got a lot of help from Carter on the score that capped ...