Kaleb Eleby threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns and Western Michigan surprised Pittsburgh 44-41 on Saturday.
La’Darius Jefferson ran for 78 yards and two scores for the Broncos (2-1), who got here into Heinz Area as a 15-point underdog and left it with their first victory over a Energy 5 college in 5 years.
Kenny Pickett tossed six touchdowns for the Panthers (2-1) and threw for 382 yards to maneuver previous Corridor of Famer Dan Marino into second-place on the college’s all-time passing checklist however Pitt fell flat per week after a stirring victory on the street at Tennessee.
Western Michigan rolled up 516 yards of complete offense and held the ball for 40 minutes.
Pitt did its greatest to assist the Broncos alongside the best way. Eleby’s 54-yard landing cross to Corey Crooms that put Western Michigan up 34-27 within the third quarter got here after Panther defensive backs Erick Hallett II and Brandon Hill collided, permitting Crooms to spin away and race to the tip zone.
Pitt rapidly tied it on Pickett’s second landing cross of the day to tight finish Lucas Krull however the Broncos responded, as they did every time the Panthers threatened to take management.
Eleby led a 12-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Jefferson bulling over from 3 yards out to make it 41-34. Western Michigan sacked Pickett on fourth-and-6 to snuff out a Pitt response and Parker Sampson’s 29-yard discipline objective gave the Broncos simply sufficient cushion.
Pickett’s sixth landing cross — which tied Tom Savage for the second-most in a recreation in class historical past — introduced the Panthers inside three with 3:48 to play.
Needing a cease, Pitt did not get one. Western Michigan churned out a pair of first downs to expire the clock. The Broncos celebrated by working to the small group of followers who made the 377-mile journey from Kalamazoo whereas the Panthers trudged to the locker room following one other baffling loss.
Western Michigan: The Broncos, picked to complete third within the MAC’s Western Division, appear to have recovered simply positive from that opening week blowout loss to Michigan.
Pitt: The schedule was arrange for the Panthers to be on a roll heading into ACC play subsequent month. And whereas Pitt has the firepower to contend within the usually wide-open ACC Coastal Division, given an opportunity to alter the nationwide notion of this system, Pitt collapsed. Once more.
Western Michigan: winds up nonconference play subsequent Saturday at house in opposition to San Jose State.
Pitt: hosts New Hampshire subsequent weekend in a single final tune-up earlier than starting its quest for an Atlantic Coast Convention Coastal Division title.