The #2 ranked team in the nation lost yet again as the 28-point favorite West Virginia Mountaineers lost to the Pittsburgh Panthers 13-9 in the annual "Backyard Brawl". In a related story, my 2003 Saturn ION (slight body damage) is for sale.
Pitt, which had lost four of the last five to West Virginia and allowed 45 points to the Mountaineers in each of the last two games in the series, celebrated the biggest victory of coach Dave Wannstedt's three lackluster seasons. "I remember walking off the field two years ago at halftime saying that we needed to run faster," said Wannstedt, who received a three-year contract extension on Friday. "Today, we ran faster." The Pitt coach improved to 16-19 and repaid the university for its show of faith with a BCS-busting victory.
That Wannstedt is a wily bastard. I wouldn't put it past him that his team's poor performance up until this game was all a ruse. I watched him for years when he was coaching the Bears – he's clearly a genius. I was reminded of my financial prediction of this game via a colorful phone call from my window man. Tip: NEVER sing the "sticks and stones" chant to a bookie you owe money to, it makes him angry and gives him ideas. -KD
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