Sims, West Virginia outlast TCU 30-27 in OT

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 02, 2013
West Virginia's Charles Sims rushed for a season-high 154 yards and Josh Lambert hit a 35-yard field goal in overtime for a 30-27 victory over TCU Saturday afternoon. The Mountaineers (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) snapped a three-game losing streak and continue to fight for bowl eligibility. 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 the first 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. Clint Trickett completed 25 of 41 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions for West Virginia. 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. TCU quarterback Casey 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. The Horned Frogs were playing without Brandon Carter, who was granted a leave of absence reportedly to tend to a family situation. Carter had started five games this season and was the team's second-leading receiver with 17 catches for 197 yards. In his place, backup quarterback Trevone Boykin (11 catches, 100 yards) and Doctson (8 catches, 92 yards) each had a career high in catches and yards. Boykin's 11 receptions were the most for a TCU player since 1995 when John Washington had 12 catches against SMU. TCU's 17-10 halftime lead held up until the Mountaineers started to take control in the fourth quarter. After a Lambert 42-yard field goal with 12:21 to play, Ishmael Brooks intercepted Pachall on the Horned Frogs next play, and the Mountaineers capped a 56-yard drive with Cody Clay's 11-yard touchdown pass from Trickett. West Virginia's 20-17 lead was its first since leading 3-0 early on. Another TCU turnover - this time a Pachall fumble with 8:02 to play - West Virginia 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. Pachall went 8-for-9 when TCU got the ball back, 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.
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