Alex Van Pelt got Dan Marino's career passing record at Pitt and threw the longest touchdown pass in Panthers' history on the same night. Rutgers, however, got the biggest payoff, a 21-16 victory that ended 11 years of frustration.
Bruce Presley caught one of two touchdown passes thrown by Bryan Fortay, who stood out in a return to the starting job. Presley also ran two yards for what proved to be a game-winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter as Rutgers beat Pitt for the first time after nine losses.The loss spoiled what should have been a memorable night for Van Pelt, who completed 36 of 55 passes for 395 yards and two touchdowns. The four-year starter needed just 31 yards to break Marino's career passing mark of 8,597 yards set in 1982. He broke that with a 15-yard pass to Chris Bouyer with 7:14 left in the second quarter. He got another school record with 91-yard TD to Dietrich Jells with Pitt trailing 14-3 in the third quarter.