Pitt and Oklahoma State were tied at 38-38 on Saturday, and then they sat in their locker rooms for a nearly two-hour weather delay. And when they came back, the offenses both stalled out. Things looked headed for overtime in a game that eventually would run for a duration of 5:40.
Except Pitt messed up. The Pokes were facing second-and-9 at their own 13-yard line with less than two minutes to play, but Jhajuan Seales got behind Pitt's Avonte Maddox, and Mason Rudolph found him for an 86-yard bomb.
Seales went out of bounds at Pitt's 1-yard line, but Rennie Childs scored the game-winning touchdown on Oklahoma State's next snap. Pitt threw an interception on its countering drive, and that was that.
The final score was 45-38, and it had to be quite a relief for a Cowboys team that lost a week ago in the most galling, devastating way possible. The Cowboys nearly had to defend a second Hail Mary in two weeks, but Ramon Richards picked off Nathan Peterman before the Panthers got the chance to try one.
This was quite a day of weather delays, with Ohio State and Oklahoma also having to wait out a storm.
At one point in Stillwater, the score was 38-38 with 12:55 remaining in the game. That was at 6:43 p.m. ET. Play resumed an hour and 57 minutes later, and it seemed like the teams both spent the delay making some serious defensive adjustments. There were 76 points in the three quarters and change before the delay, then seven in the final 13 minutes.
Oklahoma State really needed this one. Falling to 1-2 would've been pretty terrible for its marquee bowl ambitions, even if its first loss was merely on a technicality. The loss isn't crippling for Pitt, which got itself a nice rivalry win a week ago against Penn State. But it's a missed opportunity all the same, and teams like Pitt can only afford to miss so many.