Defense shuts down Virginia to help Panthers hold on for win

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Tight end Scott Orndoff catches a 20-yard pass in the second quarter. -- GETTY

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Each punch Virginia threw — whether it was by exploiting a porous secondary or running past one of the nation’s top rushing defenses — was countered by Pitt.

The Cavaliers' mistakes began to add up and the Panthers’ offense faltered at times, but it was Pitt that threw the two decisive blows to remain alive in the ACC Coastal Division race.

Jordan Whitehead returned an interception 59 yards four seconds before halftime, the defense allowed just three second-half points and fullback George Aston fought his way into the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown catch with 9:47 left in the fourth quarter to help Pitt secure a 45-31 win over Virginia on Saturday afternoon at Scott Stadium.