WVU Crushes Pitt 35-10 In Backyard Brawl

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – With title hopes on the line, this year’s annual Backyard Brawl turned into a rout for the underdog.

Brandon Hogan’s interception and fumble recovery led to touchdowns in the first half, Geno Smith threw two scoring passes to Tavon Austin in the third quarter and West Virginia upset rival Pittsburgh for the second straight season, winning 35-10 on Friday.

Pittsburgh (6-5, 4-2 in Big East) had a clear path to the conference title and an automatic BCS bowl bid, only to fumble it away on a chilly, windy, but sunny day with four turnovers that repeatedly gave West Virginia’s offense excellent field position.

The Mountaineers (8-3, 4-2) were seemingly out of BCS contention following successive losses to Syracuse and Connecticut. Now, they can play in a major bowl—likely, the Fiesta—if they beat Rutgers on Dec. 4 and if Connecticut (6-4, 3-2) loses to Cincinnati (4-6, 2-3) on Saturday or South Florida (6-4, 3-3), also on Dec. 4.

The Panthers fumbled six times, losing three, and Tino Sunseri threw the interception by Hogan that led to the first of Ryan Clarke’s two 2-yard touchdown runs. One of which was only 1:34 into the game.

The Mountaineers scored three touchdowns in the second half, two more than they had after halftime in their first five conference games combined.

Last season, West Virginia put Pitt out of the Top 10 by beating the Panthers 19-16 on a last-second Tyler Bitancurt field goal. This time, the Mountaineers likely put the Panthers out of a major bowl.

The loss likely dooms the Panthers to yet another lower-tier bowl one season after late-season losses to West Virginia and then-unbeaten Cincinnati cost them the Big East title.

UConn, which was rooting for Pitt to lose, winds up with the automatic BCS bid if it wins out because it owns the tiebreaker over West Virginia and Pitt.

Pitt goes on the road to play Cincinnati on Dec. 4 for their final regular season game.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • 2059

    I knew it was gonna be along day when I saw that Wanstedt was still Pitt’s coach.

  • Foghorn Tom

    I’m totally disgusted with the Pitt program, Wannstedt gotta go. Can’t get this team prepared for the 2nd half, the game or the season for that matter. Tons of talent, no results.

    Oh yeah, what’s up with that new uniform they created for today? At least WVU has their real logo, I have no clue where that new oooh-ahhhh Nike horse manure logo on the Pitt helmets came from. Ughhhhhh.

  • Paul daubman

    It is time that PITT says goodbye to Dave wannstedt and begins still another rebuilidng year(s). Maybe we shouldn’t laugh when Paterno says he is staying another year.

  • Pinto Alegre

    …”into a rout for the underdog.” The underdog? What the heck? WVU had a better record than Pitt. They weren’t the underdog..Pitt was!

  • Level Green

    How irrelevant is Big East and Pitt football when the game that essentially decides the conference championship is played at noon on Friday and the TV play-by-play commentator is a woman; not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Oh yea….Hail to Pitt baby…..

    Dump Dave

  • Big ed

    Hail to the Pitt choke artists

  • stoney

    coach Dave and his staff needs to find a real job. their not very good at the one they have now.

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