One has to put it in perspective. Pittsburgh is playing without its star running back, Ray Graham. Yet WVU's defense was still stellar overall in the second half. At times it felt like it was Kroger, there were so many sacks. The Mountaineers ended with a whopping 10, four by Julian Miller.
And many of those sacks were timely. Very. On third-and-five late, there was Bruce Irvin to snuff the series. Pitt would only have one more series.
Perhaps in the grand scheme of college football, Friday night's game won't mean much. Examining the Big East race isn't exactly like that of the SEC, which dominates the top of the national championship talk.
Heck, the Big East might end up with Louisville taking the BCS berth. That's a team that lost to FIU and Marshall.
But Friday's game was significant to those in the Mountain State. It was significant to those in the Keystone State.
It was special to Holgorsen, who still has to work on his team's special teams and discipline, but has certainly improved the team's enthusiasm.
"We had a tremendous amount of excitement on the sideline in the second half and didn't quit," said the Mountaineer coach. Later he gave the crowd credit. "We were playing off the crowd in the second half."
But maybe he hit the proverbial nail with another quote.
"We're excited about winning," he said. "This meant a lot to our seniors. They will remember this for a long time."
And - if this was indeed the final Backyard Brawl - so will Mountaineer fans.