Pitt holds a 10-9 halftime lead over Buffalo at Heinz Field.
Pitt got a break when Buffalo safety Mike Newton drew a personal foul for a late hit on LeSean McCoy after an incomplete pass on third-and-6 at the Pitt 37. The Panthers used 15-yard completions to Derek Kinder and Nate Byham to set up McCoy’s 3-yard touchdown run for a 7-6 lead with 13:30 left in the first half.
On its next possession, Pitt drove 69 yards in 14 plays before settling for a Conor Lee 21-yard field goal and 10-6 lead with 2:42 left in the half.
The Bulls answered with a 62-yard drive that ended with A.J. Principe’s 35-yard field goal with 32 seconds left in the half. Tommie Duhart, who started in place of Mick Williams, blocked A.J. Principe’s 44-yard field-goal attempt with 11:01 remaining in the first quarter. Buffalo later drove 73 yards on 15 plays, scoring on a 1-yard run by Brandon Thermilus for a 6-0 lead with 1:59 remaining in the first quarter.
Buffalo has outgained Pitt, 205-155, in total yards. The Panthers gained only 16 yards in the first quarter, and hold a 10-9 edge in first downs. Buffalo’s James Starks leads all rushers with 63 yards on 11 carries, and Drew Willy has completed 13 of 21 passes for 123 yards. McCoy leads the Panthers with 42 yards rushing on seven carries, while Bill Stull is 8 of 15 for 90 yards with an interception on the final play of the first half.