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Top 10 games of 2009: No. 8

1/11/2010

Let's continue with our countdown of the 10 best games of the 2009 Big East season.

No. 8

West Virginia 19, Pittsburgh 16, Nov. 27 in Morgantown

Why this one: Had this game been as good at the beginning as it was at the end, it would probably rank higher on the list. The game started off as an ugly, defense-oriented scrum, with the score just 3-3 at the half. That didn't prepare us for a wild final three minutes, as Pitt came back from a 10-point deficit only to lose on a 43-yard Tyler Bitancurt field goal as time expired.

What it meant: The Mountaineers broke a two-year losing streak in the Backyard Brawl and used this win to claim second place in the Big East, ending up in the Gator Bowl. Pitt tumbled out of the top 10 and finished its regular season on a two-game losing streak.

Player of the game: Noel Devine ran for 134 yards on 17 carries, including an 88-yard touchdown run.

Play of the game: On fourth-and-1 from the Pitt 36, West Virginia's Ryan Clarke got just enough for the first down. Three snaps later, Bitancurt kicked the game winner.

Memorable quote: "We're not as talented, maybe, as a lot of people and we don't win very pretty. We'll try to work on that,'' Bill Stewart told the Charleston Gazette. "But what we do is we seem to stumble through and bounce into and roll around in and we find ways to win.''

Previously:

No. 9: South Florida 17, Florida State 7

No. 10: Syracuse 37, Northwestern 34