Joe Juliano has been a member of our sports staff since 1985. His current beats are Penn State football, college basketball with emphasis on Villanova, golf, and the Penn Relays. A graduate of Temple University, he also worked for 10 years with United Press International, the last seven as Philadelphia sports editor.
The Panthers had two chances to tie or go ahead in the fourth quarter but the Nittany Lions fashioned a goal line stand at the 1 that led to a missed field goal, and batted down a Hail Mary pass at the gun.
The game came down to the fourth quarter, where Pitt chose to go for the field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 1 and saw Alex Kessman’s kick clang off the left upright with just under 5 minutes to play.