PITTSBURGH – West Virginia let a fourth quarter lead slip away falling 38-31 to No. 16 Pittsburgh within the a hundred and fifth version of the Yard Brawl inside Acrisure Stadium.
The sport was performed in entrance a Pittsburgh sports activities file 70,622.
Freshman CJ Donaldson rushed for 125 yards on 7 carries, whereas quarterback JT Daniels tossed for 214 yards and a pair of touchdowns each to Bryce Ford-Wheaton.
The WVU offense took the ball first and moved the ball to the 40, however the drive would stall forcing the Mountaineers to punt to the Panthers deep into their very own territory at their very own 11. The West Virginia protection would pressure a 3 and out with a sack from Jared Bartlett to get the ball again to the offense.
West Virginia would return with a 3 and out of their very own, however once more the punt would pin the Panthers deep into their very own finish of the sector. The Panthers would reply with a 3rd down conversion deep in their very own finish after which was capable of transfer the soccer to midfield.
The drive would end in a 42-yard subject aim to cap off a 73-yard drive and provides the Panthers a 3-0 edge.
The Mountaineers would reply again briefly order with a 44-yard run by true freshman CJ Donaldson which set the offense up on the 10-yard line. From there, Daniels would join with Ford-Wheaton on a 10-yard landing toss to place the guests forward 7-3.
The Panthers would transfer the ball near midfield, however the protection would stand tall and the following punt put the Mountaineers at their very own one-yard line. After punting the soccer again, Pittsburgh would take over at their very own 46-yard line with 8:11 left within the half.
Pittsburgh would transfer the ball to the West Virginia 32-yard line however an untouched fumble by receiver Bub Means gave the ball again to the Mountaineers. From there, the offense would rapidly return the favor by fumbling the soccer again to the Panthers on a catch by Kaden Prather.
The Panthers would money in driving the ball for a landing capped off by a four-yard dashing landing by Hammond to reseize a 10-7 lead.
It appeared as if the Panthers have been going to file an interception after Daniels’ arm was hit on a throw however Ford-Wheaton was capable of are available and wrestle the ball away for a primary down to increase the drive.
From there, the West Virginia offense would drive the ball deep into the Pittsburgh pink zone and boot via a 24-yard subject aim to tie the sport at 10-all at halftime.
The Mountaineers would pressure the Panthers into a 3 and out on the opening drive after which Donaldson would block the punt. The coaches would reward these efforts as they’d hand the ball off to the true freshman on the subsequent play for a 5 yard landing to provide West Virginia a 17-10 benefit.
After exchanging punts, the Panthers would use a 64-yard go play to set them up on the aim line and would punch the ball into the top zone to tie issues up at 17.
A 3 and out gave the ball again to Pittsburgh and the Panthers would rating briefly order in three performs to take a 24-17 edge with 3:42 left within the third.
West Virginia would put collectively their greatest drive of the second half to reply going 75-yards in 9 performs to cap it off with a 16-yard landing toss to Ford-Wheaton to tie issues up but once more with 14:52 remaining.
The Mountaineers would reply but once more after stopping Pittsburgh to take a 31-24 lead on one other 70+ yard drive that led to a sneak by Daniels. Donaldson was efficient but once more with a 39-yard run to start out the momentum.
The Panthers would tie issues up at 31-all after Brown elected to not go for it on fourth and one from midfield. The drive would go 92-yards in 7 performs capped off by a 24-yard landing toss to Abanikanda.
The Panthers would strike once more as a Daniels go bounced off the arms of a wide-open Ford-Wheaton and was returned 56-yards by MJ Devonshire for a rating to guide 38-31 with solely 2:58 left.
The Mountaineers would drive the ball to the 22 yard-line of the Panthers however could be unable to get any nearer.
The Mountaineers will return to motion Sept. 10 at dwelling towards Kansas. Kickoff is ready for six p.m.