BOSTON — Alex Kessman sent the Panthers to overtime with a heroic effort, but he couldn’t come through with a usual result in the extra period, as he missed an extra point in overtime and Pitt lost, 31-30 to Boston College on Saturday.
Kessman set a school record with a 58-yard field goal with under a minute to play to send the game into overtime, but after Pitt scored a touchdown on a three-yard pass from Kenny Pickett to Taysir Mack, Kessman’s extra point sailed wide right, making a winner of Boston College.
The Eagles scored first in the overtime period, with Phil Jurkovec connecting with Zay Flowers on a 25-yard score.
Jurkovec, a Pine-Richland alum and the first Western Pennsylvania native to start a game at quarterback against Pitt in over a decade, threw for over 300 yards and was responsible for four scores to lead the Eagles to the upset victory.
Jurkovec finished with 358 yards on 19 of 35 passing and four total touchdowns, three through the air and one on the ground.
Jurkovec first found Flowers scampering free through the Pitt secondary for a 44-yard score early in the second quarter. Jurkovec finished a Boston College drive with a two-yard sneak for a score late the second quarter. On the second play of the second half, he connected with a streaking Flowers for a 77-yard score.
Pitt got back into the game with a 4-yard score by Vincent Davis late in the third quarter to draw the Panthers to within a score, and after a defensive stand, Kessman hit from 58.
Boston College’s Aaron Bouhmeri had a chance to give Boston College a victory with a 52-yard field goal attempt as regulation ended, but he missed wide left.
Pitt got first-half touchdowns from Kenny Pickett on a 1-yard keeper and Israel Abanikanda on a 15-yard reception as the Panthers built early leads of 7-3 and 14-10, but the back-to-back Eagles scores around the half proved too much of a deficit to overcome.
Pickett finished 25 of 48 for 266 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. Vincent Davis led Panthers ballcarrier with 46 yards on 17 carries.
The Panthers fell to 3-2 with the loss and will visit Miami next Saturday.