CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – After spotting Virginia a 30-point lead, Pitt scored on LeSean McCoy’s 1-yard run to make it 30-7 at halftime.
The Cavaliers were 6 of 8 on third-down conversions in the first half and, after scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions, settled for a 26-yard Chris Gould field goal to make it 30-0 with 8:52 remaining in the first half.
The Panthers finally got a break when Tyler Tkach recovered a fumbled punt at the 22. The Panthers needed only three plays to score, as Pat Bostick’s 19-yard pass to Oderick Turner set up LeSean McCoy’s 1-yard touchdown run with 5:00 remaining in the first half.
Virginia accounted for 221 yards total offense on 41 plays, as Jameel Sewell completed 13 of 19 passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns. Sewell threw scoring passes of 2 yards to Jonathan Stupar, 18 yards to Tom Santi and 5 yards to Rashawn Jackson. The Cavaliers rushed for 90 yards on 22 attempts, led by Cedric Peerman’s 47 yards on 14 carries. Peerman scored on a 1-yard run.
Pitt had 123 yards on 22 plays, rushing for 93 yards on 19 carries behind the play of McCoy (12 carries for 60 yards). Freshman quarterback Pat Bostick, making his first career start, completed all three pass attempts for 30 yards.
The Panthers drew seven penalties for 55 yards.