David Priestley returned to the starting lineup and passed for 375 yards and four touchdowns to lead error-prone Pittsburgh to a 38-15 victory over winless Rutgers yesterday in Piscataway, N.J.

Defensive tackle Demond Gibson scored on an interception return as the Panthers (4-3, 2-2 Big East) sent Rutgers (0-7, 0-4) to its eighth straight loss. It came 48 hours after Athletic Director Robert E. Mulcahy ended speculation about the future of Coach Terry Shea by announcing that he would be back in 2000 for a fifth season. Shea is 7-33 in four-plus seasons.

Pittsburgh did its best to end Rutgers' drought, turning the ball over five times and committing three costly penalties.

Priestley, who had not started since the season opener, threw three seven-yard touchdown passes to wideout Latef Grim, tight end Kirk McMullen and halfback Nick Goings, who also caught a 35-yard scoring pass.

WEST VIRGINIA 20, TEMPLE 17: Jay Taylor's 32-yard field goal with six seconds left lifted the Mountaineers to the home win.

West Virginia (3-4, 2-1 Big East) kept alive its slim bowl hopes but must play Miami and Virginia Tech over the next two weeks. The Owls (1-6, 1-2) lost to the Mountaineers for the ninth straight time.