Two first half turnovers led to two West Virginia touchdowns, and it laid the ground work for the Mountaineers to take control in a 35-10 win on Friday afternoon at Heinz Field.
West Virginia had seven yards on seven plays in the first quarter, and only 75 yards in the first half. They led 14-7 thanks to two Pitt turnovers. On Tino Sunseri's fifth play of the game, Brandon Hogan stepped in front of it for the interception, and returned it to the Pitt 2. The Mountaineers went up 7-0 on Ryan Clarke's 2-yard touchdown run.
The Mountaineers later answered with a three-play, 46-yard drive after a fumble by Ray Graham. Geno Smith found Will Johnson for a 2-yard touchdown pass, putting the Mountaineers up 14-7, a lead they would take into the locker room.
Tavon Austin helped West Virginia pull away in the second half with two receptions for 83 yards--both for touchdowns. On the first one, Austin beat the coverage for a 71-yard touchdown reception, to put West Virginia up 21-10. Austin later caught a 12-yard touchdown pass in the end zone, extending West Virginia's lead to 28-10.
Pitt got a 42-yard field goal from Dan Hutchins in the third quarter. They also mounted a late third quarter drive, that carried over to the fourth quarter. The Panthers got all the way to the West Virginia 10--their deepest penetration of the second half, before a bad center exchange between Tino Sunseri and center Alex Karabin gave the ball back to West Virginia. They answered that with a 2-yard touchdown run from Clarke with 7:49 left in the game, as West Virginia went up 35-10.
Sunseri was 28-of-46 for 285 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also led the Panthers with 36 yards rushing on five carries. Jon Baldwin and Mike Shanahan each had five receptions--for 76 yards and 75 yards, respectively.
We'll have more from Heinz Field following the respective press conferences.