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Unranked Pitt joins the club of BCS spoilers with 13-9 win
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2007 4:55 AM CST
Pittsburgh Le Sean McCoy runs with the ball against West Virginia during the second half of a college football game Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 in Morgantown, W.Va. Pittsburgh won 13-9. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – For the seventh time this season, an unranked spoiler tripped up a top-ranked team, dashing Superdome dreams and churning up the BCS poll. This time it was Pitt who pounced on West Virginia's Achilles heel: turnovers. The second-ranked Mountaineers gave up three fumbles and couldn't produce in their 13-9 defeat by a 28-point underdog, the Post-Gazette reports.

"The whole thing's a nightmare," lamented WVU coach Rich Rodriguez. His Heisman-hopeful quarterback Patrick White missed half the game with a dislocated thumb, and even White's return in the final quarter couldn't make up for two missed field goals and a paltry 104 rushing yards. For the Panthers, on the other hand, the game was "just like the movies."