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PROVO -- This week in Cougar Classic, we continue our countdown of the 13 most important wins in BYU history. No. 5 as decided by KSL viewers was a 1984 victory of the (3) Pittsburgh Panthers in a nationally televised game on ESPN.
BYU put on a show in front of a national audience, going into halftime up 3-0 after a Lee Johnson field goal and an impressive goal line stand to keep the Panthers from scoring.
Quickly, the Panthers took control of the game in the third quarter, capitalizing on two interceptions by BYU quarterback Robbie Bosco. Both interceptions resulted in a Panthers touchdown, putting Pittsburgh up 14- 3.
However, the momentum would change when Bosco found Marv Allen open down field for a 12-yard touchdown pass, cutting the lead to 14-9.
Facing third and four, with only 1:40 left in the game, Bosco threw a perfect pass to Adam Haysbert who was open down field, scoring a touchdown, putting the Cougars up 20-14. That play would become one of the most important plays in BYU history.
The defensive was able to hold strong and shut down the Panthers in the final seconds of the game, winning 20-14.
The upset victory over the Panthers moved the Cougars to 12 in the UPI poll and 11 in the AP poll.