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Pitt leads Eastern Michigan, 14-3, at halftime

Pitt took a 14-3 lead over Eastern Michigan into halftime Saturday in the season opener at Heinz Field.

Eastern Michigan took advantage of a personal-foul penalty against Pitt cornerback Kennard Cox to take a 3-0 lead on a 27-yard field goal by Sean Dutcher with 3:30 remaining in the first quarter.

Pitt answered when junior quarterback Bill Stull connected on a 41-yard pass to Marcel Pestano and a 19-yard pass to Darrell Strong to set up Shane Brooks’ 1-yard scoring run for a 7-3 advantage with 1:26 left in the first quarter.

Redshirt freshman cornerback Ricky Gary intercepted a tipped Andy Schmitt pass to give the Panthers the ball at Eastern Michigan’s 35. Five plays later, Stull drilled a 21-yard scoring pass to Oderick Turner for a 14-3 lead with 14:05 left in the first half.

In his debut as Pitt’s starting quarterback, Stull completed his first seven passes and is 9 of 14 for 135 yards and a touchdown. Pestano has two catches for 58 yards to lead all receivers. Schmitt is 10 of 16 for 59 yards and an interception.

Pitt has 154 total yards to Eastern Michigan’s 96.

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