LOUISVILLE – Pitt appeared to answer a Louisville scoring drive with one of its own, but LeSean McCoy fumbled at the Cardinals’ 1 after a touchdown pass that could have tied the game was reversed by review.
In a dramatic turn of events, Louisville escaped with a 24-17 victory today in a Big East Conference game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Brock Bolen’s 1-yard scoring run capped Louisville’s 70-yard touchdown drive for a seven-point lead with 1:54 remaining. But Todd Flannery’s ensuing kickoff sailed out of bounds and Pitt took over at its own 35 with 1:54 remaining.
On consecutive draw plays, McCoy ran for 19-yard gains. He added a 7-yarder before Pat Bostick connected with Oderick Turner for what looked like a touchdown. The play went to video review, where it was reversed. McCoy lost the handoff from Bostick, and cornerback Rod Council recovered at the Cards’ 3.
Louisville’s winning drive was highlighted by a 27-yard pass to tight end Scott Kuhn that took the Cardinals to Pitt’s 7 after a personal foul after Pitt cornerback Kennard Cox tackled Kuhn by the facemask. Bolen’s 6-yard run set up his scoring run.
McCoy had his fifth 100-yard game, rushing for 120 yards on 26 carries, and had three catches for 60 yards. He also scored a game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter.
On a fourth-and-1 at Louisville’s 7, McCoy carried the pile past the first down marker and into the end zone to finish a 12-play 76-yard scoring drive.
Bostick completed 4 of 6 passes for 64 yards on the drive, including a pair of third-down conversions and a 30-yarder to McCoy along the visiting sideline to the Louisville 16.
On first down, Bostick threw to T.J. Porter in the right flat for a 9-yard gain. LaRod Stephens-Howling replaced McCoy, who limped off the field, but was dropped for a 1-yard loss. McCoy gained a yard on third-and-2 to set up the pivotal fourth-down call.
Art Carmody’s 19-yard field goal gave Louisville a 17-7 lead after three quarters. The Cardinals opened the second half with an 11-play, 67-yard drive, but Pitt stopped Anthony Allen short on third-and-3, forcing them to settle for the field goal with 9:50 left in the third quarter.
Maurice Williams’ 35-yard reception to the Louisville 23 set up Conor Lee’s 35-yard field goal that cut it to 17-10 with 10:41 remaining.
Pitt used an interception to set up a trick play for a touchdown to trim Louisville’s halftime lead to 14-7. Pitt sophomore cornerback Aaron Berry intercepted a Brian Brohm pass intended for Harry Douglas at the Louisville 27 with 2:38 remaining in the first half.
Bostick then threw a lateral in the left flat to tight end Darrell Strong, who lofted a 27-yard touchdown pass to McCoy, who didn’t have a defender within 20 yards on the right side of the field.
The Cardinals used Brohm’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Douglas to make it 7-0 at 3:30 in the first quarter. That capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive highlighted by passes of 15 yards to Scott Long and 21 yards to Gary Barnidge and a pass interference penalty against Pitt linebacker Scott McKillop.
Louisville boosted its lead to 14-0 on a 12-play, 68-yard drive capped by Brohm’s 1-yard scoring pass to Anthony Allen. The drive was sparked by a 30-yard pass to Harry Douglas to the Pitt 27. Allen had six carries for 32 yards on the drive, including a 10-yarder to the Pitt 1.