Boston College dropped their penultimate game of the regular season in a rare Thursday night contest against 2-8 Pittsburgh, as BC drops to under .500 in ACC play and are losers of their past two games following a five-game winning streak.
The two sides traded field goals out of the gate, though Pitt jumped out to a 10-3 lead with the first touchdown of the game early in the second quarter. With 26 seconds left in the half BC tallied their second score of the game with a field goal to make it 10-6 Panthers going into the half.
After forcing a three-and-out from Pitt to open the second half, the Eagles then grabbed their first and only touchdown of the game as Thomas Castellanos and Lewis Bond connected on a 24-yard touchdown pass to give BC the 13-10 lead. However, Pitt responded on the very next drive with a touchdown of their own on just a four-play drive, with Bub Means notching a 61-yard touchdown to give the Panthers the lead back at 17-13.
Castellanos was then picked off, and Pitt looked to make it a seven-point lead early in the fourth, but Ben Sauls' 52-yard kick went wide -- and a pair of punts later, BC would grab a field goal of their own to cut the deficit to just one. But, on just the second play of the Pitt drive, Rodney Hammond Jr. took a 66-yard run to the end zone with four and a half minutes to go in the ballgame that made it a 24-16 Pitt lead.
With it being just a one-possession game at only an eight-point deficit, BC had plenty of time to muster a comeback. However, they had a three-and-out but got the ball back with over a minute left thanks to their run defense. But backed deep into their own territory, Castellanos was intercepted on fourth-and-20 with 18 seconds left that sealed the win for the Panthers.
BC takes on Miami in the final game of the regular season on Friday before they have a bowl game to finish the year.