Morgantown, W.Va. – The 100th Backyard Brawl remained a scoreless tie after one quarter Saturday night at Milan Puskar Stadium.
No. 2 West Virginia (10-1, 5-1) needs a victory over Pitt (4-7, 2-4) to clinch a berth in the BCS Championship Game Jan. 7 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
Pitt’s defense contained West Virginia’s read-option offense, and Mountaineers kicker Pat McAfee missed field-goal attempts of 20 and 32 yards.
On Pitt’s first possession, LeSean McCoy ran for 12 yards on first down. West Virginia cornerback Antonio Lewis intercepted Pat Bostick’s second-down pass and returned it 48 yards to Pitt’s 27.
Thanks to a 12-yard run by fullback Owen Schmitt on third-and-3, West Virginia advanced to Pitt’s 3. With a difficult angle from the left hash, the Mountaineers tried to take a delay-of-game penalty but Pitt declined and McAfee’s kick sailed wide left.
West Virginia got another chance after quarterback Pat White broke a 21-yard run to the Pitt 29 with 4:18 remaining. The Mountaineers moved to the 15 before McAfee missed again, this time wide right.