Rutgers relied on its passing game to produce its two longest plays of the season for a 14-7 first-quarter lead over No. 17 Pitt in a Big East Conference game this afternoon at Heinz Field.
Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel threw touchdown passes of 60 yards to Tim Brown and 79 yards to Kenny Britt to give the Scarlet Knights the lead. Teel completed 6 of 8 passes for 201 yards in the first quarter.
Pitt took a 7-0 lead only one minute, 24 seconds into the first quarter. After pass plays of 18 and 8 yards to fullback Conredge Collins, the Panthers handed off to LeSean McCoy, who broke free for a 33-yard touchdown.
Rutgers wasted little time tying the score, as Teel connected with a wide-open Brown for a 60-yard touchdown pass only 55 seconds later.
Pitt had a fourth-and-2 at the Rutgers 21, but elected to try a fake field goal. Andrew Janocko’s pass, intended for tight end Dorin Dickerson, fell incomplete. Teel then tossed the touchdown pass to Britt for a 14-7 lead with 6:09 remaining.
Pitt had another scoring chance, but Conor Lee’s 45-yard field-goal attempt hit the right upright.
Rutgers has the ball at the Pitt 15 to start the second quarter.