The Panthers’ turnover rate played a major part in the 35-10 loss to the Mountaineers. WVU did not turn the ball over, but Pitt did four times, including 3 fumbles and an opening-drive interception that set up a touchdown. While Pitt dominated yardage and time of possession in the first half, they found themselves with a 14-7 halftime deficit they did not overcome.
The Mountaineers tacked on three more touchdowns in the second half to drown Pitt’s hopes, while the Panthers could manage only a 3rd-quarter field goal. Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt says the team prepared well for the game, but lost it in part because of the team’s turnovers.
Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri went 28 of 46 for 284 yards and a touchdown, adding 38 yards rushing as well.
The Panthers (6-5, 4-2 Big East) will hit the road to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats next Saturday. The Mountaineers (8-3, 4-2 Big East) will play Rutgers at home the same day. In addition to a Panthers win against Cincinnati, Pitt needs the Mountaineers to lose their game to take the Big East title.
WVU has now won the last two Backyard Brawls.