Greg Cross made a smashing debut, running for a touchdown on his first collegiate carry to give Pitt a 7-3 first-quarter lead over Iowa this afternoon at Heinz Field.
The Panthers had driven from their own 27, highlighted by Bill Stull’s 20-yard pass to receiver Derek Kinder and a fourth-down conversion pass to fullback Conredge Collins, when Cross entered the game at quarterback on a third-and-6 at the Iowa 17.
The junior-college transfer took a shotgun snap, ran a sprint draw and eluded three Iowa defenders on his way to a 17-yard scoring run with six minutes, six seconds remaining in the first quarter. Conor Lee made the point-after kick to give the Panthers the lead.
Pitt’s first possession ended when tailback LeSean McCoy was stripped by strong safety Tyler Sash and recovered by defensive tackle Matt Kroul at the Panthers’ 19. The Hawkeyes managed only 11 yards on five plays, and settled for a Trent Mussbrucker 26-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead at 10:25.