MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia is out of the national
title race. Ohio State is in.
In a season defined by upsets, Pittsburgh came up with a huge
one. The Panthers stunned the second-ranked Mountaineers 13-9 to
throw another monkey wrench at the BCS. That probably means
third-ranked Ohio State will move up in the BCS picture.
A win away from playing for the national championship, the
Moutaineers were expected to roll over rival Pittsburgh on their
way to New Orleans for the Bowl Championship Series title game.
The team ranked second had already lost six times this season,
five times to unranked teams. In a year when Appalachian State
beats Michigan and 41-point underdog Stanford beats Southern
California, West Virginia losing the 100th Backyard Brawl as a
four-touchdown favorite shouldn't be all that shocking.
The Mountaineers lost Heisman Trophy contender Pat White to a
dislocated thumb in the second quarter. White tried to play in the
fourth quarter, but he couldn't conjure a comeback.
When Pitt punter Dave Brytus ran out of the end zone for a
safety on the final clock-killing play, West Virginia was done.
Pitt's defense held WVU, which had been averaging 310 yards a
game, to just 183 yards.