12:00 PM ET, October 16, 2004
Heinz Field, PITTSBURGH, PA
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Josh Cummings kicked a 27-yard field goal to give Pittsburgh the lead on the first possession of overtime, and cornerback Mike Phillips then forced a fumble to preserve the Panthers' 20-17 win over Boston College on Saturday.
Boston College (4-2, 1-1 Big East) won the toss and elected to start overtime on defense. After gaining just 15 yards on seven plays, Pitt (4-2, 2-1) took the lead on Cummings' kick.
On the ensuing possession, Eagles quarterback Paul Peterson completed a pass to Larry Lester on third-and-10. Lester was close to a first down when he was hit by Phillips and dropped the ball. Pitt linebacker Thomas Smith recovered the fumble to clinch the win.
The Eagles forced overtime with a 10-play, 89-yard drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Peterson to Lester with 3:26 left. Lester was wide open after defensive back Darrelle Revis slipped on the wet turf.
The drive was kept alive when Pitt's Josh Lay was called for pass interference on fourth-and-4 to give the Eagles the ball at the Panthers 15. Boston College had started the drive pinned on its own 11 after a 79-yard punt by Adam Graessle.
Peterson finished the game 32-for-53 for a career-best 367 yards and two touchdowns, but Boston College was held to a season-low 56 yards rushing.
Tyler Palko was 12-for-27 for 132 yards and ran for 55 yards and a score for Pitt. Raymond Kirkley added a 2-yard touchdown run for the Panthers.
|3rd Down Conversions||5-18||5-16|
|4th Down Conversions||1-3||1-1|
|FG||8:17||RYAN OHLIGER 23 YD FG|
Drive info: 14 plays, 69 yards.
|TD||10:52||TYLER PALKO 3 YD RUN (JOSH CUMMINGS KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||7:44||RAYMOND KIRKLEY 2 YD RUN (JOSH CUMMINGS KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 50 yards.
|TD||5:04||JOEL HAZARD 8 YD PASS FROM PAUL PETERSON (RYAN OHLIGER KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 31 yards.
|FG||13:30||JOSH CUMMINGS 17 YD FG|
Drive info: 18 plays, 79 yards.
|TD||3:26||LARRY LESTER 10 YD PASS FROM PAUL PETERSON (RYAN OHLIGER KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 89 yards.
|FG||0:00||JOSH CUMMINGS 27 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 15 yards.