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Big East: Trick play helps Pitt seal Eagles' fate 24-13

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Published November 2, 2003

BOSTON - Larry Fitzgerald knew the play would work. After all, it worked all week in practice.

Fitzgerald set an NCAA record with a touchdown catch in his 14th consecutive game, a 35-yard halfback option late that helped Pittsburgh beat Boston College 24-13 on Saturday.

"Every time we practiced it, it was pretty much the same thing," Fitzgerald said. "The scout squad would bite on it."

Tailback Jawan Walker threw the touchdown, ran for a score and caught a 47-yard score. Rod Rutherford went 24-of-37 for 329 yards, and Fitzgerald caught seven passes for 156 yards.

With Pittsburgh trailing 13-10, Walker took a screen pass, broke through the middle and raced down the left sideline for a 47-yard touchdown with 13:39 left.

The Eagles appeared to take the lead on the ensuing possession, when Derrick Knight ran 41 yards for a score. But the play was called back by a holding penalty.

On the next possession, Walker took a handoff, rolled right and threw to an open Fitzgerald, who trotted into the end zone.

WEST VIRGINIA 36, UCF 18: Quincy Wilson rushed for 135 yards, and the host Mountaineers recovered a blocked punt for a score.

One week after dominating then-No. 3 Virginia Tech, West Virginia couldn't put away the Knights until the fourth quarter.

Brian King intercepted Ryan Schneider on the first drive of the second half and returned it 21 yards to near midfield. The Mountaineers scored in four plays on Travis Garvin's 8-yard run for a 19-3 lead.

A 9-yard punt midway through the quarter put UCF in West Virginia territory for only the second time. Alex Haynes scored from 5 yards, and the two-point conversion made it 19-11.

But Jerry White blocked Mark Prater's punt at the UCF 7 early in the fourth, and Joe Hunter recovered it in the end zone. It was West Virginia's first blocked punt for a touchdown since 1984.

[Last modified November 2, 2003, 07:26:04]


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