Larry Fitzgerald was dominating once again and finished with 7 catches for 124 yards and 2 TD's. It was Fitzgerald's 8th straight 100-yard receiving game, which is a Pitt record. Brandon Miree had another strong outing as he rushed for 73 yards on 15 carries and 2 TD's.
The player who really was responsible for jump-starting the offense was fullback Lousaka Polite. Polite finished with 44 yards rushing on 5 carries and also 43 receiving yards on 4 catches.
Ball State was led by QB Talmadge Hill, who finished 19 of 30 for 192 yards and 3 TD's. He was very accurate all day long despite getting hit often in the pocket. His top receiving target was Dante Ridgeway, who finished with 8 catches for 94 yards and 2 TD's.
Pitt was led on defense by Lewis Moore with 8 tackles. Once again the Panthers played a lot of young players. True freshman Clint Session had another impressive outing with 3 solo tackles, one assist, and one sack. He made another bone-jarring hit on kickoff coverage by nailing Dante Ridgeway. Another backup, weakside linebacker J.J. Horne, also made several big plays. Horne had a tackle for a 5-yard loss and made several hard hits throughout the game. Charles Spencer saw increased playing time at defensive tackle also, rotating with Dan Stephens.
Pitt (2-0) takes on the Toledo Rockets (2-1) Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Glass Bowl in Toledo, Ohio. Toledo is coming off a 24-17 upset win over Marshall. Their lone loss was to UNLV (28-18), who blew out Wisconsin in Madison yesterday (23-5).