Connecticut took advantage of a Pitt interception, then put together a scoring drive reminiscent of last season to take a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter in the Big East Conference opener at Heinz Field.
Pitt redshirt freshman Kevan Smith made his third consecutive start at quarterback, but his first pass was intercepted at the Pitt 38 by UConn linebacker Danny Lansanah, who returned it 26 yards. Pitt receiver Marcel Pestano drew an unnecessary roughness penalty on the play, giving the Huskies the ball at Pitt’s 6.
Three plays later, Lou Allen scored on a 1-yard run for a 7-0 lead with 13:11 remaining in the first quarter.
UConn then converted three third-and-longs – including a pair of first-down runs by quarterback Tyler Lorenzen – on a 15-play, 75-yard drive capped by Tony Ciaravino’s 26-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead with 3:35 remaining.