Halftime: West Virginia 14, Pittsburgh 7

November, 26, 2010
11/26/10
1:48
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PITTSBURGH -- Quick halftime analysis from Heinz Field, where West Virginia leads Pittsburgh 14-7 in the Backyard Brawl:

Turning point: Ray Graham fumbled on his own 46 late in the second quarter and West Virginia recovered. Two plays later, Geno Smith hit Noel Devine for a 48-yard pass to the Pitt 2, and then he found Will Johnson on a touchdown pass for the 14-7 lead.

Stat of the half: 3-0. That's the turnover stat, and it's all that matters. Both of the Mountaineers touchdowns were set up by Pitt turnovers, the first coming on Brandon Hogan's interception and long return on the first drive of the game. Pitt is dominating virtually every other statistic (it has 205 total yards to 75 for West Virginia and has 12 first downs to the Mountaineers' 2). But it can't stop shooting itself in the foot.

Best player in the half: Hogan. The West Virginia cornerback had that interception and recovered the fumble off Graham's gaffe. He has also held star receiver Jon Baldwin to a mere three catches for 15 yards, though he got bailed out once when Tino Sunseri overshot a wide open Baldwin.

What Pittsburgh needs to do: It's as simple as can be: hold onto the darn ball. Pitt is doing fine in every other aspect but it has no chance if it can't stop the turnover flood.

What West Virginia needs to do: Keep the pedal down. Remember that West Virginia's offense has scored only one touchdown in the second half in all of its Big East games. Pitt, meanwhile, has had its best scoring output in the second half this year. This one is not over yet.

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