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
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
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