Morgantown, W.Va. – Jarrett Brown replaced an injured Pat White at quarterback, and capped a 74-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run to give West Virginia a 7-3 halftime lead over Pitt in the 100th Backyard Brawl.
Pitt answered with a six-play, 41-yard drive that saw Conor Lee convert a 48-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter here 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.
White sustained a dislocated thumb on his right (non-throwing) hand when he landed awkwardly, and left the game with 5:12 remaining in the second quarter. He was being evaluated at halftime.
Brown entered on a third-and-6 at Pitt’s 45, and ran for a 14-yard gain. He then completed passes of 5 yards to Tito Gonzalez and 15 yards to Darius Reynaud on a third-and-5 at the 26.
Brown was stuffed on a third-and-13 at Pitt’s 14, but defensive tackle Tommie Duhart drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Brown scored on the next play.
The first quarter was a scoreless tie, as WVU kicker Pat McAfee missed field-goal attempts of 20 and 32 yards.