Pitt gives up 13 point lead in potential last Backyard Brawl

Courtesy of Espn.com

The Mountaineers erased a 13-point second-half deficit, overcoming their own share of mistakes to beat Pitt 21-20 and stay alive for a possible Big East title and BCS berth.

Pitt took a 20-7 lead less than four minutes into the third quarter after getting a field goal off a second muffed punt. Pitt played very well on defense for most of the night, but WVU’s game-winning drive was an absolute killer. Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald was flagged for a personal foul on a late hit, West Virginia decided to go for it on fourth-and-6 from the Pitt 24, and Geno Smith made the first-down completion to Tavon Austin. Shawne Alston then got the game winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with 6:10 to go.

Pitt had several chances to get into field-goal range, but Tino Sunseri simply could not connect with receivers — Sunseri was sacked four times in seven plays on the final drive.