The losing streak is over, as the Mountaineers' won their first road game of the season, 30-27, in overtime against TCU.
On the first play from scrimmage for the Horned Frogs, quarterback Casey Pachall was picked off by Mountaineer linebacker Nick Kwiatkowski to set up the West Virginia offense with great field position. Clint Trickett and the Mountaineer offense would spoil the excellent field position, but place kicker Josh Lambert put the Mountaineers on the board with a 24- yard field goal, making it 3-0 WVU less than two minutes into the game.
The mistake by Pachall would not slow the TCU offense, as they would move the ball well against the West Virginia defense on their next possession. The Mountaineer defense would make a big stand in the red zone to hold the Horned Frogs to a field goal, making it 3-3.
The Mountaineers would get the ball back, and march it to the TCU 45 in just five plays. Clint Trickett would hook up with Mario Alford on the next play, pushing the ball to the TCU 30. The catch was reviewed and the big play was overturned. After the review, the Mountaineers were forced to punt after an incomplete pass to Daikiel Shorts.
On the following possession for TCU, the West Virginia defense looked winded. In just eight plays, the Horned Frogs got their first touchdown of the day. Pachall would hit Doctson for a 10- yard touchdown pass. The momentum clearly was in favor of TCU.
Clint Trickett and the West Virginia offense would get the ball back staring at a 10-3 deficit. A quick three plays for a total of five yards led to another punt by Nick O'Toole.
A short breather for the Mountaineer defense would prove to be costly on the next TCU possession. This time, the Horned Frogs scored in nine plays, on a pass from Pachall to Porter. The Mountaineers' trailed 17-3.
The Mountaineer offense would get another crack at getting more points. West Virginia would struggle to move the ball for the second straight possession. A quick three-and-out gave even more momentum to the Horned Frogs. At this point, it looked like TCU would put the game away in the first half. The game would be in the hands of a tired defense.
A winded defensive unit would rise to the occasion for the Mountaineers. The defense would force a streaking TCU offense to a three-and-out, giving the ball back to a struggling West Virginia offense. After two extremely poor possessions, Holgorsen had seen enough. On first down, Trickett handed off to running back Charles Sims. The Houston transfer would sprint for 29 yards and a West Virginia first down. Quarterback Clint Trickett would find Mario Alford for 27 yards on the next play, getting the Mountaineers into position for points. Sims would carry the ball for 31 yards and a Mountaineer touchdown.
The touchdown gave the Mountaineer defense confidence for the next few series. Both teams would go cold, and TCU took a 17-10 lead into the locker room. Despite being down by a touchdown, Coach Holgorsen said his team has great energy in the locker room.
"I thought our energy was good," said Holgorsen. "They came out in the second half with that same energy."
The third quarter would be a disaster for both teams, and the Mountaineers' escaped a knockout punch with just seconds left in the quarter. An interception by Clint Trickett gave TCU the ball at the WVU 2. The West Virginia defense would force a fumble by TCU backup quarterback Trevone Boykin to give the ball back to their offense. Coach Holgorsen was proud of his defense for this play.
"That was a huge turn in the game," said Holgorsen. "We forced turnovers today and that helped."
Backed up in their own end, it looked like the Mountaineers would just be content to get some room for punter Nick O'Toole. However, the offense would move the ball into TCU territory on a couple big pass plays to Daikiel Shorts. Lambert would get his second field goal of the day, cutting the Horned Frogs' lead to 17-13 with 12 minutes to go in the regulation.
Cornerback Ishmael Banks would intercept Casey Pachall on the following TCU possession, and the Mountaineers would look to continue gaining momentum. Trickett would lead West Virginia down the field. The seven play, 56-yard drive would be capped off on an 11-yard bootleg pass by Clint Trickett to tight end Cody Clay. The touchdown gave the Mountaineers their first lead of the game, 20-17.
The Mountaineer defense would force another fumble on their next time out, this time a fumble by Casey Pachall. Two plays later, the Mountaineers would add another touchdown, making it 27-17 with around seven minutes to play.
The Horned Frogs would not lay down, as they would respond with a touchdown of their own on the next possession, cutting the West Virginia lead to 27-24. A first down would have sealed the game for the Mountaineers, but TCU was able to force West Virginia to a punt.
TCU would tie the game on a field goal with 19 seconds to go, and force overtime for a second consecutive year.
In overtime, the Horned Frogs got the ball first. Kyle Rose would get a sack for the West Virginia defense, making it a second a long for TCU. Defensive teammate Shaq Rowell called him a player on the rise after the game.
"That's just Kyle being Kyle," said Rowell. "He just keeps getting better."
On second down, the Mountaineers brought pressure again, and the Horned Frogs were only able to gain a yard. A key penalty after the play on TCU lineman Wooldridge backed TCU up another 15 yards. It would end up haunting TCU, forcing a 62- yard field goal try. The kick was no good, and West Virginia would just need points to win the game.
Josh Lambert would hit a 34-yard field goal to win the game. The Texas native had family in the stands for his game winning kick. After the game, Lambert has this to say about the kick.
"It's a great feeling to do that in front of my family," said Lambert. "I know they're proud of me."
Mountaineer quarterback Clint Trickett was commended by his head coach after the game.
"I thought he battled well today," said Holgorsen. "He did a good job managing the game."
The win for the Mountaineers was their first on the road this season. After the game, Coach Holgorsen challenged his team to get another win next week.
"I told them to try and win two in a row," said Holgorsen after the game. "I'm proud of these guys."