Pearson was a three-time Cup champion and his 105 career victories trail only Petty’s 200 on NASCAR’s all-time list.
Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome scored 20 points each and No. 5 Virginia rolled over George Washington 76-57 on Sunday.
The Hokies came into Pittsburgh as 3 point underdogs but promptly got boatraced right out of Heinz Field by 30.
Saturday was the first-ever matchup between the two in-state foes.
Behind a five-touchdown performance by redshirt junior quarterback Ben DiNucci, ninth-ranked James Madison outlasted Rhode Island for a 48-31 victory.