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Former West Virginia DB Doubles Down on His Dislike of Pitt



Former West Virginia defensive back Beanie Bishop Jr.
Kelsie LeRose / WVSN

There’s no love lost between Pitt and West Virginia, and there’s certainly no love lost between Pitt and Beanie Bishop Jr.

Bishop — a former West Virginia cornerback who signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers following the 2024 NFL Draft — has made it clear he doesn’t like Pitt. He reinforced that sentiment in a recent interview.

In an interview with Steel City Insider, shared by, Bishop spoke about a notable moment in his WVU career.

“It should’ve been a house call,” Bishop said of his interception against Pitt. “I got a little winded, but we ended up scoring anyway. I’m glad I was able to do it in the Backyard Brawl because I don’t really like Pitt, for real.”

It isn’t the first time that Bishop has talked about Pitt since he arrived as a sixth-year senior ahead of the 2023 season.

He recorded seven tackles (five solo) in the 17-6 win over the Panthers last season, and his second half interception lingered in his mind following the win.

Phil Jurkovec dropped back late in the third quarter for his first pass attempt of the second half, with Pitt trailing 14-6, and made a poor decision with his read. Bub Means was open deep down the sideline, and Konata Mumpfield was in double coverage nearer. The pass ended up in the waiting arms of Bishop.

“We knew he wasn’t too good at his job,” Bishop said post-game.

The interception, which Bishop returned to the Pitt 30, set up a field goal. Three of 10 points created by Pitt turnovers.

It was one of three interceptions for the West Virginia defense, a unit that limited Pitt to 211 yards — 81 passing yards. The Panthers’ offense wasn’t nearly good enough to secure a second straight win against the Mountaineers. Pitt didn’t produce. And the Panthers will look to rectify that mistake at home in 2024.

The 2024 Backyard Brawl will kick off at Acrisure Stadium on Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 will broadcast the matchup, with further information coming at a later date.

Pitt is 62-41-3 against West Virginia in a series that extends back to the 19th century. WVU is coming off a 17-6 win against the Panthers last season in Morgantown, a game in which the Panthers failed to continue a modest one-game win streak since the renewal of the Brawl.

An early betting line for the Panthers is the Backyard Brawl, which has set the Mountaineers as the favorite. West Virginia is favored by 4.5 points — with odds for either spread set at -110.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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10 days ago
Reply to  Eli

Yea really. In reality he’s an undrafted rookie who played one year at WVU and his crowning achievement was beating a Pitt team led by Phil Jurkovec. YAY!

10 days ago

These types of stories are great. This is what makes rivalry games worth talking about and remembering years later. It only reinforces the problem with college football. This only reminds us why Pitt-WVU and even Penn State should be in the same conference playing meaningful games.

10 days ago

Who is he …and we’re the story

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