Backyard Brawl win extends Mountaineer winning streak to 7 The annual game between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the West Virginia Mountaineers is always a competitive one. This season was no different with the 19th ranked Mountaineers hanging on and winning a tough defensive showcase 24-17. Both teams came into the game with nearly identical records and similar talent levels, and the game played out just as expected. Stat lines were nearly identical with the Panthers outgaining WVU 290-280. Both teams had two turnovers and equal opportunities to capitalize. The game was so evenly matched that the difference in the game may have been a fake punt pass late in the first half for West Virginia that led to a field goal and a 13-3 lead at the half. Trailing 24-10 in the fourth quarter, the Pitt Panthers made things interesting with a 46 yard touchdown pass from Tino Sunseri. But, with little time left the Panthers needed to recover an onside kick to have a shot to send it to overtime. Although the onside attempt left the Mountaineer faithful breathless for a few seconds while four members of the hands team decided it was a good idea to play kick the can, the Mountaineers eventually fell on it and were then able to burn the rest of the clock to get the hard-earned win. The rivalry win moves West Virginia to 9-2 on the year and an unbeaten 7-0 mark in the Big East. With the win being over second place Pitt, the Mountaineers have officially clinched the Big East’s automatic and likely only BCS berth. WVU takes on USF next week in the season finale.