SALT LAKE CITY – Utah scored two touchdowns in a 58-second span of the first half, as the Utes lead No. 15 Pitt. 14-7, at halftime on Thursday night. Quarterback Jordan Wynn connected with wide receiver Jereme Brooks for touchdown passes of 19 and 3 yards.
Tino Sunseri has completed 6 of 10 pass attempts for 43 yards, while Wynn is 15 of 21 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Dion Lewis has rushed for 55 yards on 13 carries. After a scoreless first quarter, Pitt took a 7-0 lead on Lewis’ 3-yard touchdown run with 12:00 to play in the second quarter.
Shaky Smithson’s muffed punt return and Buddy Jackson’s recovery at the Utah 28 set up the touchdown. Utah took the ensuing and marched 80 yards on 11 plays, capped by Wynn’s 19-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Brooks with 6:37 to play in the first half.
Jason Douglas fumbled Utah’s kickoff and the Utes recovered at the Pitt 35. Two plays later, Wynn hit a wide-open Brooks for a 3-yard score.
Utah, which has won 17 games in a row at home, had a chance to build its lead late in the first half, moving to a first-and-goal at the Panthers 9. But safety Jarred Holley intercepted Wynn’s pass in the end zone with 1:37 to play. Pitt ran out the clock.