Pitt Leads Gardner-Webb At The Half

Ray Graham, Rushel Shell and Devin Street have touchdowns for Pittsburgh in the first half.

Pitt wasn't as fast out of the gate as they were last week in a win over Virginia Tech, but they do hold a commanding 27-10 lead over Gardner-Webb at the half.

Tino Sunseri has completed 13-of-18 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown, Ray Graham has 4 carries for 82 yards, Devin Street has 4 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown and Cameron Saddler has 4 catches for 63 yards.

Ray Graham put the Panthers on the board with a 78-yard touchdown run--the second-longest run of his career. Gardner-Webb answered with a 41-yard field goal from Trever Austin.

The pace quickly picked up in the second quarter, as Pitt would start possession inside the Gardner-Webb 35 on four different occasions (32, 35, 34, 30). Of those four drives, they capitalized with 17 points. The first came on a 41-yard field goal from Kevin Harper. Rushel Shell would add the first touchdown run of his career, a one-yarder and Devin Street caught a 34-yard pass from Tino Sunseri. Graham's touchdown and Street's touchdown were both one-play drives.

Gardner-Webb wouldn't end the half without some kind of spark. Dylan Taylor forced a fumble on Ray Graham, which was recovered by Kamar Morrison and returned 65 yards for a touchdown.

After that fumble return, Pitt answered with a 22-yard field goal from Harper, giving Pitt a 27-10 lead with 5 seconds remaining in the half.

Getting their first career starts today for Pitt are freshman Darryl Render at defensive tackle for Aaron Donald, out with a knee injury. Adam Lazenga--put on scholarship earlier this week--got the call at fullback, filling in for an injured Mark Giubilato.

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