Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri found Cam Saddler for a two-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds to play in the first half, as the Panthers took a 17-3 lead into the locker room against New Hampshire at Heinz Field.
Dion Lewis has a 2-yard touchdown run and Dan Hutchins kicked a 32-yard field goal for the Panthers.
Sunseri has completed 11 of 18 pass attempts for 117 yards and one touchdown. Lewis has rushed for 23 yards on nine carries.
The Pitt defense has limited New Hampshire to nine rushing yards on 15 carries and has recorded three sacks despite being without injured senior defensive end Greg Romeus (back).
Pitt drove 62 yards on eight plays in one minute for the late touchdown, highlighted by Sunseri’s 26-yard scramble to the New Hampshire 11. Four plays later, Saddler scored his second career touchdown at Pitt.
Pitt safety Jarred Holley intercepted New Hampshire quarterback R.J. Toman on the first play of the game, leading to a 32-yard 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.