In a scenario Pitt could have never imagined, LeSean McCoy had more passing yards than he did rushing and the No. 25 Panthers held a double-digit lead.
Pitt took a 20-7 lead over Louisville into the fourth quarter this afternoon in a Big East Conference game at Heinz Field.
Conor Lee kicked a 19-yard field goal to complete a 16-play, 63-yard drive that covered 8:35, Pitt’s most time-consuming drive of the season. McCoy threw a 14-yard completion to T.J. Porter and lost 10 yards on a fumble, but the Panthers converted twice on fourth down. McCoy now has 18 yards on 14 carries through three quarters.
Louisville answered with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Cantwell to Troy Pascley to cut it to 20-7 with 4:42 remaining in the third.
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.
Aundre 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 of the first quarter.
Beaumont muffed three punts in the first half, and the Panthers recovered two.
Bill Stull threw a 26-yard corner fade to Oderick Turner for a touchdown to cap a four-play, 47-yard scoring drive for a 17-0 lead with 3:30 remaining in the first half.