Quinton Andrews intercepted a Bill Stull pass in the end zone with 19 seconds remaining in the first half, preventing Pitt from adding to its lead over West Virginia in the 101st Backyard Brawl today at Heinz Field.
Pitt leads, 7-3, at halftime.
It was the second turnover forced by the Mountaineers’ defense in the second quarter. The first led to Pat McAfee’s 20-yard field goal.
Backup strong-side linebacker John Holmes stripped the ball from Stull while in throwing motion, causing a fumble that was recovered by defensive end Scooter Berry at the Pitt 39.
On the ensuing play, Jock Sanders broke a 29-yard run. Sanders followed with a 9-yard reception to the 1-yard line. But safety Eric Thatcher dropped Pat White for a 2-yard loss on second down.
On third down, the Mountaineers used a trick play that saw backup Jarrett Brown take the snap with White lined up in the slot. White then motioned left, took the handoff and threw a fade to 6-foot-7 Wes Lyons in the back corner of the end zone. The pass was ruled incomplete, as replays showed Lyons controlled the ball, but his left foot hit the pylon and his right foot landed out of bounds.
McAfee’s field goal with 4:27 left cut it to 7-3.
The Panthers scored on their opening drive of the game, a five-play, 64-yard drive highlighted by a 28-yard pass to tight end Nate Byham and capped by Stull’s 30-yard scoring pass to Derek Kinder for a 7-0 lead at 12:50.
On Pitt’s second possession, the Panthers drove to the WVU 9 before losing 8 yards on two plays and drawing a 10-yard holding penalty on another. Conor Lee then missed a 40-yard field-goal attempt wide left.
LeSean McCoy has a game-high 89 yards rushing on 16 carries, as Pitt has outgained West Virginia, 230-100. Stull has completed 8 of 12 passes for 125 yards, with one interception and one touchdown. White is 7-of-9 passing for 33 yards, and has 30 rushing yards on seven carries.