Following Patrick McAfee's gutsy 40-yard field goal into the swirling winds of Heinz Field with less than 12 minutes to go in the game, WVU looked to be in good shape in the 101st Edition of the Backyard Brawl. The Mountaineers led 15-7, and needed only to avoid a big mistake to close out the contest. Things looked even better two minutes later when the Mountaineers, following three consecutive Bill Stull passes, forced a Dave Brytus punt.
Taking possession on its own 16 with just 9:41 remaining, WVU might have been expected to try to grind the clock. Instead, White threw incomplete to true freshman Ricky Kovatch, who had a chance to catch the ball but couldn't come up with it. Following another ineffective Noel Devine rush, White faded to pass on third and seven, and targeted Dorrell Jalloh on a crossing route. White, however, failed to see Pitt's Jovani Chappel, who cut underneath Jalloh's route and picked off the ball. Chapel returned the pick to West Virginia's 16-yard line, and from there it took the Panthers just two plays to score.
Although the touchdown didn't give the Panthers the lead, it certainly swung momentum their way. Still leading by 15-13, West Virginia committed a holding penalty to kill its penultimate drive, then ran out of time on its last possession following Pitt's final touchdown. Both drives were killed by mental mistakes, no doubt sparked by the momentum-swinging sequence midway through the quarter.