Clearly they had some lucky breaks, like Pitt losing their star running back (and inspiration, coming back from Hodgkins) James Conner, as well as their quarterback, Nathan Peterman. But Pittsburgh has a very good team, and a win is a win. It counts.
One offbeat note. The winner of the game is awarded the Steinbrenner Trophy, named after the late owner of the Yankees George Steinbrenner. Though I was never a fan of his, I mention it for a little-known reason -- very early in his career, George Steinbrenner was actually an assistant football coach at Northwestern! Really.