PITTSBURGH (AP) -In his last two starts, Pitt sophomore Pat Bostick has won at West Virginia and Notre Dame, succeeding in two of college football's roughest environments for a visiting quarterback.
Some players go through a college career without winning twice on the road in such hostile surroundings. No matter, Bostick's latest successful start - Pitt's 36-33, four-overtime decision at Notre Dame on Saturday - probably won't keep him in the lineup.
Bill Stull sat out the Notre Dame game with a concussion, but has been cleared to return when the No. 25 Panthers (6-2, 2-1 in Big East) play conference opponent Louisville (5-3, 1-2) on Saturday.
``I don't think there's any doubt that I'm going to be ready to play,'' Stull said Tuesday. ``I don't have any lingering effects of any sort.''
e didn't lose it, either, despite throwing three interceptions and failing to get Pitt into the end zone in overtime.
Bostick was 14-of-27 for 164 yards and a touchdown during his first start since, as a freshman, he helped Pitt pull off the biggest upset in school history at West Virginia last December.
``You hope to recruit kids like that,'' Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said, referring to players who can perform well as backups. ``It's probably something that some kids have and some people have. Some people don't. We're fortunate that we have a good group of men who are decent leaders on this team and have those qualities.''
Bostick apparently does, even if his coaches initially put him in a difficult situation at Notre Dame.
With Stull out, Wannstedt and offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh planned to alternate Bostick and No. 3 quarterback Kevan Smith based on down and distance and which receivers were on the field.
A couple of ineffective series that helped Notre Dame open a 14-point lead quickly changed that, and Wannstedt went back to Bostick for the rest of the game.
ght it was because he was the best guy to give us a chance to win. We told him that and then it was, `Here we go.' ``
Now, Bostick could be going back to the bench as Stull returns. Stull, a junior, directed Pitt to five consecutive victories until getting hurt during a 54-34 upset loss to Rutgers on Oct. 25.
After releasing the ball on a pass play, Stull fell backward and hit his head against the heel of teammate LeSean McCoy's shoe. Stull lay motionless for several minutes before being taken off the field on a motorized cart.
Stull wanted to play against Notre Dame - his teammates kept waking him up every morning last week, checking on his status - but team doctors felt he wasn't recovered from the concussion.
``I feel good, a lot better than what I was,'' Stull said. ``The headaches are gone - no headaches, no nausea, no dizziness, no nothing. ... The big test was for me was to lift, run around a little bit and see how I felt after that.''
Stull isn't worried he'll be thinking about the concussion the next time his protection breaks down and he must hurry a pass or is sacked.
``I'm not going to keep things like that in my head. We control our own destiny, and I really want to be a part of that. We have a good thing going right now and I know what's at stake.''

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