Pitt Downs Louisville 20-3

Rushing touchdowns by Dion Lewis and Ray Graham is all the offense needs, as Pitt defense produces three sacks and a key fumble recovery.

Pitt defeated Louisville 20-3 on Saturday, to improve to 5-3 overall, and 3-0 in the Big East. It marks Pitt's fourth 3-0 start to conference play since 2002.

Louisville running back Bilal Powell, who entered the game leading the Big East with 143 yards a game, left the game in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury. After a short gain deep in Louisville territory, Powell's right knee made contact with Jarred Holley's helmet. Powell landed awkwardly, and was able to walk off under his own power. He finished the game with 11 carries for 64 yards.

It was a slow game offensively, as Pitt outgained Louisville 255-185.

Louisville's passing game was largely ineffective, as the Pitt defense held its second consecutive starting quarterback to under 100 yards passing. Froman finished the game with 82 yards passing on 13-of-22 passes. Froman was rattled by Pitt's defensive line, missing receivers, throwing passes short of receivers, and sailing passes high. Froman was sacked three times--including twice by defensive end Jabaal Sheard.

On both of his sacks, Sheard stripped Froman of the ball. The second time, the ball was scooped up by defensive tackle Myles Caragein, who returned the ball 56 yards to the Louisville 5. Dion Lewis scored his touchdown run two plays later, which extended Pitt to a 20-3 lead.

Pitt added a second turnover later, as Dom DeCicco picked off Louisville backup quarterback Justin Burke on his first passing attempt of the game. It was DeCicco's third interception of the season, and second in as many games.

Lewis gained 65 yards on 19 carries for Pitt, while Ray Graham gained 40 yards on 9 carries, including a 21-yard touchdown. Tino Sunseri completed 13-of-24 passes for 123 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Louisville receiver Doug Beaumont had a game-high seven receptions for 50 yards.

Pitt fullback Henry Hynoski left the game in the first half with an undisclosed injury, and did not return.

We'll have more from Heinz Field, following the respective press conferences.


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