Pitt leads North Carolina State, 17-10, at halftime at Carter Finley Stadium behind a pair of touchdown runs from freshman Dion Lewis.
Lewis sandwiched scoring runs of 6 and 7 yards between a Dan Hutchins field goal, as the Panthers try to improve to 4-0 for only the second time since 1992.
Pitt took a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game, as Cam Saddler returned the opening kickoff 47 yards to the Wolfpack 48. The Panthers needed only four plays to go the rest of the way, capped by Lewis’ 6-yard scoring run.
On Pitt’s next possession, Lewis carried three times for 31 yards to help set up Hutchins’ 35-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead with 9:08 to play in the first half.
A 23-yard touchdown pass from N.C. State’s Russell Wilson to fullback Taylor Gentry cut the Panther lead to 10-7 with 2:39 to play in the first quarter.
Lewis’ 7-yard touchdown run – his eighth touchdown of the season – put the Panthers up 17-7 with 12:11 to play in the second quarter. Tight end Dorin Dickerson’s 24-yard catch, highlighted by three broken tackles, set up the score.
N.C. State missed a 32-yard field goal midway through the second quarter two plays after Wilson missed a wide-open receiver for a certain touchdowns. But the Wolf[pack trimmed Pitt’s lead to 17-10 on a 25-yard field goal by Josh Czajkowski on the final play of the first half. N.C. State had a first-and-goal at the Pitt 2, but after two plays gained no yards and a five-yard penalty pushed the ball to the Panther 7, N.C. State kicked the field goal on third down as the half expired.
Pitt quarterback Bill Stull has completed 5 of 8 passes for 61 yards and Lewis has rushed for 79 yards on 10 carries. Wilson, who entered the game with an NCAA-record 329 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, is 9 of 15 for 133 yards and one touchdown and no interceptions.