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West Virginia Gets Job Done, Imposes Will on Pitt to Win Backyard Brawl



WVU Football celebrates against Pitt in Backyard Brawl

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The atmosphere for the 2023 Backyard Brawl was electric, and that electricity continued all throughout the game.

Pitt started off grabbing momentum before eventually settling for a field goal on a drive Rodney Hammond gashed the WVU defense on the ground. That was a small win for West Virginia, but any excitement about that quickly got squashed with an injury to Garrett Greene.

It became the Nicco Marchiol Show when Greene left the game and was seen limping off the field. To their credit, the fans brought as much electricity as they could, but that just didn’t make its way to the team itself, at least not yet.

A fumble by Marchiol seemed to further set the negative tone for the Mountaineers. That was until Pitt quarterback Phil Jurkovec gave the ball right back with an errant throw that was picked off by Aubrey Burks. Kole Taylor then soon found the end zone on the ensuing drive, giving WVU a 7-3 lead.

A late Pitt field goal took us to a 7-6 game at halftime in a sloppy Brawl to this point.

CJ Donaldson extended West Virginia’s lead and got himself over 100 yard on the night. Donaldson hammered the ball through the Pitt defensive line and gave WVU a 14-6 edge with just under five minutes left in the quarter.

It was then time for West Virginia to solidify the win. Beanie Bishop gave the WVU secondary another pick and that led to more points.

The West Virginia defense made sure to impose their will the rest of the way. Some could argue it was mistakes by Jurkovec. Some could say Pitt handed WVU this win. But no matter what anyone may think, Neal Brown and his West Virginia Mountaineers claimed a must-needed victory in the Backyard Brawl and their fight to prove doubters wrong continues on for another week.

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  1. Robert Salesky

    September 17, 2023 at 1:09 am

    Haters gonna hate!! It really doesnt matter how the play or if they win games, a hater will comb through the game and find something to cry about!!
    Well, i say cry all u want..we are 2-1 with a Brawl victory!! CUE COUNTRY ROADS!!

  2. WVU vs everyone

    September 17, 2023 at 9:42 am

    Strange how the story changes depending on a loss or a win. If WVU losses the story line is WVU was man handled or destroyed. If WVU wins the story line is the opponent showed up flat or they lost because of the weather, the traveling or some other lame excuse. The media refuses to give credit where credit is due. I wonder how that taste of crow is still settling in their stomachs right now? Sweet win and it is a great time to be a Mountaineer!!!!!

  3. Richard I Lee

    September 17, 2023 at 10:54 pm

    Pitt handed WVU the game!!! Give me a break! I think our defense had a lot to do with those interceptions, and that goal line stand at the start of the game set the tone for the rest of the contest. WVU’s offensive line and runners did what they had to do, and Nicco played well on short notice.
    In short, WVU controlled most of the game.
    Texas will be tougher, but WVU fans can savor handily beating Pitt

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