In a battle of two of the Big East rushers, UConn was able to hold on for a 30-28 win over Pitt in front of a nationally-televised audience.
Pitt didn't have an answer for UConn running back Jordan Todman, who rushed for 222 yards yards on 37 carries. Pitt had a combined 29 carries for 150 yards from Dion Lewis and Ray Graham, in addition to three rushing touchdowns from its backfield tandem. Pitt's woes came down to turnovers and an inablity to stop Todman.
Pitt entered the contest leading the country in sacks, while UConn led the conference in fewest sacks allowed. Pitt got pressure on quarterback Zach Frazer, but only sacked him once.
Pitt trailed 10-7 at halftime, after taking the lead on its first series. Jarred Holley intercepted a Zach Frazer pass on the first play of the game. The Panthers answered with a four-yard touchdown run by Dion Lewis.
Pitt came back to take a 21-13 lead in the third quarter thanks to both Lewis and Graham; Lewis scoring on a one-yard run, while Graham added a five-yarder. UConn--in control for much of the game, got the lead back at the end of the quarter on a 95-yard kickoff return from Nick Williams.
UConn extended its lead on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Zach Frazer to Isiah Moore in the fourth quarter. Pitt answered with a five-play, 75 yard drive that ended with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Tino Sunseri to Jon Baldwin.
Randy Edsall went for a 4th-and-1 on the UConn 19 late in the fourth quarter. Todman gained four yards, as the Huskies were able to run out the clock.
We'll have more from Rentschler Field following the press conferences