They didn't get it, punting back to TCU with 2:07 left after the Frogs used all three of their time outs. And on the first play from the 15, Josh Francis sacked Boykin back to the 6.
But then on second-and-19 from there, Boyce was chucked at the line by Banks. He went around Banks - out of bounds, but legally since he was knocked out by a defender - and Banks let him go. When no safety picked him up, Boyce was all alone in the secondary. He easily caught Boykin's pass and outran everyone to the end zone to tie the score at 31 with 88 seconds to play.
"It was just a busted coverage,'' said defensive coordinator Joe DeForest, who also found himself in a new position calling defenses from the press box instead of the field. "We'd done the things we needed to do. We played well. But we didn't finish the game.''
West Virginia managed to get across midfield on a desperation drive after that, but gambled with a throw into the end on third down and didn't complete the pass. Tyler Bitancurt missed a 55-yard field goal with 13 seconds to play to send the game into overtime.
When TCU missed a field goal in the first OT, Bitancurt had a chance to win it, but his 36-yarder was blocked. That set up the second overtime and the scores by each team on back-to-back plays, followed by the winning two-point conversion.
How well did WVU's defense play? Well, TCU had 405 total yards, but 119 of those came on those last two touchdowns. Until then the Mountaineers had given up just one real scoring drive - 13 plays and 78 yards in the first quarter. TCU also scored on a one-play drive, a 31-yard Boykin pass to Boyce after a Smith interception and a penalty, and got another touchdown when Bitancurt couldn't handle a low snap on a punt and Dominic Merka picked it up and ran 15 yards for a score.
The WVU offense, meanwhile, seems still stuck in neutral. Smith completed 32 of 54 passes for 260 yards. He had the touchdowns to Bailey and J.D. Woods, but Woods had to make like a defensive back to take the ball away from TCU safety Elisha Olabode.
Bailey didn't start, apparently because he's been injured, but tailback Shawne Alston did play, carrying just four times for 11 yards and a touchdown.
The offense really generated just two touchdowns on its own, drives of 67 and 66 yards, the second including a 43-yard Austin run with a jet-sweep pass for a touchdown. Another score was set up by a botched punt by TCU that Nana Kyeremeh recovered at the 9.
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