Pitt notched its third consecutive victory to remain alone atop the Big East with a 20-3 victory over Louisville this afternoon at Heinz Field.
The Panthers (5-3, 3-0 Big East) led only 6-3 at halftime, but held Louisville to 74 total yards in the second half and Ray Graham and Dion Lewis had second-half touchdown runs.
Graham scored on a 21-yard touchdown run to make it 13-3 with 9:36 to play in the third quarter. On Louisville’s next possession, Jabaal Sheard sacked Louisville quarterback Adam Froman and forced a fumble. Myles Caragein picked up the loose ball and raced 56 yards to the Cardinals 5. Three plays later, Lewis, who rushed for 65 yards on 15 carries, scored on a 1-yard run to make it 20-3 with 14:57 to play.
Tino Sunseri completed 13 of 24 passes for 123 yards.
Louisville (4-4, 1-2) played most of the second half without Bilal Powell, who entered the game as the nation’s No. 4 leading rusher. He left with an apparent knee injury early in the third quarter after gaining 64 yards on 11 carries.
Sheard had two sacks and Dom DeCicco added 11 tackles and an interception for Pitt.