Pitt Drops Weather-Delayed Shootout at Oklahoma State




STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- James Conner rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown while Nathan Peterman threw for 237 yards and a touchdown in a 45-38 loss Saturday night.

Mason Rudolph was 26 of 46 for 540 yards and two touchdowns for the Cowboys, while James Washington pulled in nine receptions for 296 yards - the most in the nation by anyone so far this season - and two touchdowns. Rennie Childs gained 101 yards on 10 carries.

One week after a stunning loss to Central Michigan on a final untimed play that officials later admitted should never have happened, Oklahoma State (2-1) found themselves in another nail-biter decided in the final moments.

After starting its final possession on its own 8-yard-line with 1:21 to go, Pitt advanced to the OSU 45-yard-line before Peterman's pass was intercepted by Ramon Richards with 15 seconds left.

Rudolph had 372 yards passing and Washington 231 receiving in the first half alone, both OSU school records for one half. The Cowboys' 467 yards of total offense in the opening half also set a school record.

With the game tied 38-38 with 12:55 left in the fourth quarter, action was suspended due to lightning in the area. Play finally resumed following an almost 2-hour delay.

THE TAKEAWAY

Pittsburgh: Despite the loss, the Panthers displayed impressive resilience, falling behind 24-10 and 31-17 in the first half, but continuing to battle back, answering Oklahoma State's penchant for big plays. They tied the game 31-31 early in the third quarter on Matt Galambos' 2-yard fumble return, and then again at 38-38 several minutes later on Quadree Henderson's 50-yard touchdown run.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys showed no ill effects after their controversial defeat last week against Central Michigan. Any lingering questions were undoubtedly cleared up when the Cowboys' first offensive play turned into a 91-yard touchdown pass from Rudolph to Washington.

UP NEXT

Pittsburgh: The Panthers are on the road again as they open ACC play against North Carolina.