Pitt trails host Louisville, 10-7, at halftime at sold-out Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in the Big East opener for both teams.
Louisville’s Ryan Payne kicked a 32-yard field goal with three seconds to play in the first half, as the Panthers (3-1) trail at the break for the first time this season.
The teams traded first-quarter touchdowns, with Louisville taking a 7-0 lead on fullback Joe Tronzo’s 1-yard run about eight minutes into the game. Pitt tied the score at 7-all with 3:48 to play in the first quarter on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Bill Stull to Dorin Dickerson. Stull’s intended target was Cedric Turner, but the ball ricocheted off his hands to Dickerson in the back of the end zone.
The two teams combined for five personal fouls in the first half, including one on Louisville’s Doug Beaumont late in the first half after the Cardinals had moved to what would have been a first-and-goal at the Pitt 10. With Louisville moved back to the 25, the Panther defense held and the Cardinals settled for a field goal.