Sophomore running back Ray Graham rushed for a career-high 115 yards and two touchdowns to power Pitt to a 38-16 victory over New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field.
Graham, who had only nine carries, scored on runs of 8 and 64 yards as the Panthers (1-1) rebounded from its season-opening overtime loss at Utah to rout New Hampshire, ranked No. 5 in the FCS.
In front of 50,120 fans, Jon Baldwin caught six passes for 100 yards, highlighted by a tackle-breaking 56-yard touchdown reception to give Pitt a 24-3 lead with 10:18 to play in the third quarter.
Pitt rolled up 445 total yards and the defense recorded six sacks against New Hampshire, which had won its past five games against FBS opponents. Following a bye week, Pitt will play host to No. 13 Miami on Thursday, Sept. 23.
New Hampshire (1-1) answered Baldwin’s long touchdown with an 11-play, 89-yard drive to make it 24-10 midway through the third quarter. But Graham bulled into the end zone for an 8-yard score to cap an 80-yard score and added a 64-yard run with 11 minutes to play for a 38-10 Pitt lead.
New Hampshire’s back-ups scored against Pitt’s second-team defense with 1:13 to play to conclude the scoring.
Pitt sophomore running back Dion Lewis finished with a career-low 27 yards on 10 carries. Tino Sunseri completed 24 of 34 pass attempts for 275 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. New Hampshire’s R.J. Toman was 15 of 29 for 183 yards with one interception. Moon native Chris Jeannot, a junior tight end, caught 12 passes for 110 yards.
Pitt recorded six sacks, including three by defensive tackle Chas Alecxih. The Panthers were playing without injured defensive end Greg Romeus (back) and strong safety Dom DeCicco (hamstring).
Pitt safety Jarred Holley intercepted Toman on the first play of the game, leading to a 32-yard Dan Hutchins field goal for a 3-0 lead 75 seconds into the game.
A short punt gave Pitt the ball near midfield after New Hampshire’s next possession and the Panthers drove 54 yards on 11 plays to take a 10-0 lead on Lewis’ 2-yard run.
New Hampshire’s A.J. DeLago kicked a 22-yard field goal to cut Pitt’s lead to 10-3 with 11:54 to play in the first half.
Pitt took a 17-3 lead on Sunseri’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Cam Saddler with 18 seconds to play in the first half.
Pitt limited New Hampshire to nine rushing yards on 15 carries in the first half.