Sunday, December 27, 2009

FINAL DRIVE, DUMB PENALTY DOOM TAR HEELS

No. 17 Pittsburgh 19, NORTH CAROLINA 17

Dion Lewis (#28) rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown to pass Tony Dorsett as Pittsburgh's top freshman rusher, and Dan Hutchins kicked a 33-yard field goal with 52 seconds left to give the 17th-ranked Panthers a 19-17 win over North Carolina on Saturday in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Winning 10 games for the first time since Dan Marino was the quarterback in 1981, Pitt (10-3) overcame a disappointing loss to Cincinnati three weeks ago that cost it a Sugar Bowl berth and staged a late rally in front of a hostile crowd.

Pitt converted on fourth down at its own 30 and took advantage of a key offsides penalty to set up Hutchins' fourth field goal.

T.J. Yates threw two touchdown passes to Greg Little, but his incomplete pass on fourth-and-10 from his own 49 with 6 seconds left sent the Tar Heels (8-5) to their second straight loss in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

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