- Associated Press - Friday, November 26, 2010

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Brandon Hogan’s interception and fumble recovery led to touchdowns in the first half, Geno Smith threw two scoring passes to Tavon Austin after halftime and West Virginia upset Backyard Brawl rival Pittsburgh for the second straight season, winning 35-10 on Friday.

Pittsburgh (6-5, 4-2 in Big East) had a clear path to the conference title and an automatic BCS bowl bid, only to fumble it away with four turnovers that repeatedly gave West Virginia’s offense excellent field position.

The Mountaineers (8-3, 4-2) were seemingly out of BCS contention following successive losses to Syracuse and Connecticut. Now, they can play in a major bowl _ likely, the Fiesta _ if they beat Rutgers on Dec. 4 and Connecticut (6-4, 3-2) loses to Cincinnati (4-6, 2-3) on Saturday or South Florida (6-4, 3-3), also on Dec. 4.


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