Pitt holds a 14-10 halftime lead over Iowa this afternoon at Heinz Field.
The Panthers opened the second quarter with a scoring drive, as LaRod Stephens-Howling converted a fourth-and-1 at the Iowa 30 by beating two defenders to the corner for a 13-yard gain. Iowa free safety Brett Greenwood drew a penalty for a late hit, giving the Panthers a first-and-goal at the 8.
Two plays later, quarterback Bill Stull ran 6 yards for his first career touchdown to give the Panthers a 14-3 lead with 12:34 remaining.
Iowa held Pitt to a three-and-out on its next possession, then answered with a nine-play, 58-yard scoring drive highlighted by Shonn Greene’s 32-yard run to the Pitt 13 and capped by Greene’s 6-yard touchdown run that cut it to 14-10 with 3:24 left in the half.
Iowa took a 3-0 lead at 10:25 of the first quarter on Trent Mussbrucker’s 26-yard field goal, after the Hawkeyes stripped Pitt tailback LeSean McCoy for a fumble at the Panthers’ 19.
Pitt responded with a 10-play, 73-yard drive highlighted by Stull’s 20-yard pass to receiver Derek Kinder and a fourth-down conversion pass to fullback Conredge Collins. Greg Cross made his debut, entering 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 a 7-3 lead.
After gaining only 15 yards in the first quarter, Iowa gained 158 in the second quarter and holds a 173-123 edge in total yards over Pitt. Greene leads all rushers with 89 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Ricky Stanzi, who replaced starter Jake Christensen in the second quarter, has completed 7 of 10 passes for a game-high 79 yards. Stephens-Howling leads Pitt rushers with 24 yards on seven carries, while Stull is 6 of 13 for 56 yards.