Bill Stull threw a 26-yard corner fade to Oderick Turner for a touchdown in the second quarter to give No. 25 Pitt a 17-0 halftime lead over Louisville in a Big East Conference game this afternoon at Heinz Field.
The pass play capped a four-play, 47-yard scoring drive with 3:30 remaining in the half.
Aundre 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.
Wright capped the seven-play, 76-yard drive by scoring on an inside handoff from LaRod Stephens-Howling out of the Wildcat package for a 10-0 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.
Beaumont muffed three punts in the first half, and the Panthers recovered two.
Pitt has outgained Louisville, 178-146, despite getting only 2 yards on seven carries from tailback LeSean McCoy. Stull has completed 9 of 16 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.