West Virginia quarterback Tony Reda plunged one yard for a touchdown with 4:38 left yesterday in Morgantown, W.Va., as the Mountaineers rallied in the second half to gain a 10-10 tie with Pitt.
Reda's sneak on fourth down brought the Mountaineers back from a 10-0 halftime deficit and produced only the second tie in the 78-game series.
Reda, who replaced starter John Talley in the second quarter, set up the touchdown with a fourth-down pass of 14 yards to tight end Gary Basil that gave the Mountaineers (2-1-1) a first down on the Pitt four. Three running plays got to the one before Reda hit off the right side for the score and freshman Charlie Baumann made the tying extra point.
"I thought about it (going for a two-point conversion after Reda's touchdown), but in my opinion, only one call was the one to make at that time," West Virginia Coach Don Nehlen said. "With 4:38 left we thought we could get the ball back and with our field goal kicker have a chance to win. I know one thing, I would have felt a lot worse than I do now if we had lost 10-9."
The Mountaineers did get the ball back one more time but failed to move into field goal position.
Baumann's 32-yard field goal brought the Mountaineers to within 10-3 with 11:28 left in the third quarter after safety Travis Curtis recovered Pitt fullback Darnell Stone's fumble at the Panther 33.
Pitt (1-2-1) scored all of its points in the second quarter on a 20-yard field goal by Mark Brasco, who missed from 46 and 36 yards out in the second half, and on quarterback John Congemi's one-yard plunge.