Bill Stull’s 30-yard touchdown pass to Derek Kinder gave Pitt a 7-0 first-quarter lead over West Virginia in the 101st Backyard Brawl this afternoon at Heinz Field.
The Panthers scored on their opening drive, a five-play, 64-yard drive highlighted by a 28-yard pass to tight end Nate Byham and capped by Stull’s scoring pass to Kinder for a 7-0 lead at 12:50.
On its second possession, Pitt moved the ball from its own 3 to the West Virginia 9 before self-destructing.
Stull completed a 25-yard pass to Byham for a first-and-goal at the West Virginia 9 but the Panthers followed with a toss to LaRod Stephens-Howling for a 5-yard loss. Byham drew a holding penalty on the next play. On third down, Aundre Wright was dropped for a 3-yard loss on a reverse.
Conor Lee then missed a 40-yard field-goal attempt wide left.
West Virginia has the ball at its own 24 to start the second quarter.