Aundre Wright had his first career touchdown negated by a penalty, but capped a seven-play, 76-yard drive with another to give No. 25 Pitt a 10-0 lead over Louisville after one quarter of their Big East Conference game at Heinz Field.
Wright broke a 76-yard reverse for a touchdown on the opening play of Pitt’s second offensive series, but it was called back when receiver Cedric McGee drew a flag for holding. On the next play, Bill Stull completed a 36-yard pass to Jonathan Baldwin.
Five plays later, Wright scored on an inside handoff from LaRod Stephens-Howling out of the Wildcat package for a 10-point lead at 4:12.
Pitt took a 3-0 lead on Conor Lee’s 30-yard field goal at 9:01, after recovering a Louisville fumble on a punt return. Doug Beaumont signaled for a fair catch, but let the ball bounce by him. Bobby Buchanon tried to field the bouncing ball, but it slipped from his grasp and was recovered by Pitt cornerback Jovani Chappel at the Cards’ 19.
The Panthers had the ball at their own 20 when the quarter ended.