Baylor was off Saturday, getting ready for the biggest game of the year (so far) against Oklahoma on Thursday. So when Kelly's dad offered his tickets to the TCU game, Elliot and I took him up on it. Zippy was not interested in going, of course. Elliot dusted off his TCU cap and t-shirt, invited his friend Levi, and we headed over to Amon Carter Stadium for the showdown with West Virginia. Both of these teams were sitting on 1-4, 3-5 records and needed this win to remain bowl eligible. TCU was picked to win by 14, but I figured it might be closer than that.
Anyone who was hoping for a close game was not disappointed! TCU came out strong, for a change, and led 17-3 in the second quarter. It was no blowout, yet, but TCU looked like the better team, no question. However, WVU came back to score to make it 17-10 at the half. After a scoreless 3rd quarter, WVU scored on 3 consecutive possessions to take a 27-17 lead. With 8 minutes left, many TCU fans headed to the parking lot.
But the Frogs weren't done! They scored 10 quick points to tie it up and go into overtime. Unfortunately for them, they made a mess of their OT possession and missed a 62 yard field goal attempt. WVU came back to score an easy FG for the win. A great game, start to finish, if you like football drama, but not so great if you like great football. Each team threw 2 interceptions, and TCU coughed up 2 fumbles, which made the difference in WVU's fourth quarter scoring streak. WVU showed some signs of the team that upset OSU in September, but TCU looked nothing like the team many thought would be in the mix for a Big 12 championship. Not only are they out of the Big 12 championship conversation, they may not qualify for a bowl this year.