PITTSBURGH (AP) — MJ Devonshire returned a tipped go 56 yards for a landing with 2:58 remaining and No. 17 Pittsburgh beat West Virginia 38-31 on Thursday evening within the return of the Yard Brawl.
The Panthers edged their rivals for the primary time since 2008 after a go by West Virginia’s JT Daniels smacked off the fingers of Bryce Ford-Wheaton and into the fingers of Devonshire, who weaved his manner via visitors to provide Pitt its second landing in 43 seconds to show a seven-point deficit right into a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
The Mountaineers drove deep into Pitt territory within the ultimate minute and Daniels hit Reese Smith on a fourth-down fling that appeared to carry the ball to the Pitt 1. Briefly anyway. Replays confirmed the ball skimmed the turf earlier than Smith may carry it in and the gang of 70,622 — the biggest to attend a sporting occasion within the metropolis’s historical past — erupted.
Southern California switch Kedon Slovis threw for 308 yards and a landing in his debut with the Panthers within the opener for each groups. Rodney Hammond ran for 74 yards and two touchdowns earlier than leaving within the fourth quarter due to a proper leg harm that appeared critical.
Daniels, seeking to revive his profession following stints at USC and Georgia, accomplished 24 of 40 passes for 241 yards with two touchdowns to Ford-Wheaton and the decide that Devonshire became Pitt’s first victory over its longtime rivals since 2008.
Freshman operating again CJ Donaldson ran for 125 yards for West Virginia because the Mountaineers piled up 190 yards on the bottom. But fourth-year coach Neal Brown didn’t really feel assured sufficient in his operating recreation to go for it on fourth-and-1 on the Pitt 48 halfway via the fourth quarter and his crew up 31-24.
Daniels lined up in an effort to attract the Panthers offside and when he didn’t, the Mountaineers punted.
Pitt didn’t waste the chance. Slovis led the defending ACC champions 92 yards in seven performs, the final on a flip to operating again Israel Abanikanda during which he slipped via three tackles for a 24-yard landing.
4 performs later Daniels’ go to a wide-open Ford-Wheaton — a third-generation participant for the Mountaineers — settled into the fingers of Devonshire, who offered the exclamation level within the return of the 127-year-old collection following a decade-long hiatus.
West Virginia: Brown seemingly wants the Mountaineers to take a step ahead in 2022. Whereas Daniels positively seems like an improve at quarterback, his coach continues to be snake-bit in tight video games. His lack of ability to belief an offensive line that held its personal towards a defensive entrance that expects to be among the many finest within the ACC if not the nation was curious and finally, expensive.
Pitt: The Panthers are aiming even increased than the ACC crown the claimed final winter. The schedule is user-friendly and whereas Slovis wanted time to get warmed up, he did a reasonably strong impression of former Pitt star Kenny Pickett, who helped unfurl the ACC championship banner he led the Panthers to in 2021 on his option to being a Heisman Trophy finalist and a first-round NFL draft decide.
The Panthers will stick within the ballot for a second straight week and will rise a bit relying on outcomes elsewhere this weekend.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers open Massive 12 play at residence on Sept. 10 towards Kansas. West Virginia has received eight straight towards the Jayhawks.
Pitt: The Panthers welcome Tennessee on Sept. 10. Pitt edged the Volunteers 41-34 in Knoxville final September.
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