College football Thursday night winners, losers Penn State, Pitt prevail; Purdue's missed opportunity

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Earlier, No. 17 Pittsburgh narrowly escaped West Virginia, 38-31, and No. 12 Oklahoma State held off Central Michigan, 58-44,

The Nittany Lions came up with back-to-back TDs ahead of halftime.

The return of the Backyard Brawl went according to script. After an 11-year absence in this heated rivalry, No. 16 Pittsburgh and West Virginia went back and forth

The second year of the Josh Heupel era kicked off with a predictably easy 59-10 win against Ball State

When Purdue kept throwing at Joey Porter Jr., the Penn State CB kept delivering