Morgantown, W.Va. – Pitt quarterback Pat Bostick scored on a 1-yard run to give the Panthers a 10-7 lead, and tailback LeSean McCoy broke the Big East freshman rushing record in the third quarter of the 100th Backyard Brawl 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.
Bostick’s sneak capped an 11-play, 48-yard scoring drive that began when Lowell Robinson forced West Virginia’s Vaughn Rivers to fumble and Jovani Chappel recovered it at the Mountaineers’ 48.
Pitt converted a fourth-and-1 at the 39 when up-man Shane Murray, a quarterback at Central Catholic, took the snap from under center and ran for 3 yards.
McCoy now has 110 yards on 25 carries, but his 13-yard scoring run was nullified by a holding penalty against receiver Oderick Turner. Pitt’s Conor Lee then missed a 35-yard field goal wide left.
West Virginia is playing without Heisman Trophy-candidate quarterback Pat White, who dislocated the thumb on his right (non-throwing) hand in the second quarter.