CINCINNATI – No. 20 Pitt jumped to a 7-0 lead, but No. 19 Cincinnati answered with an impressive drive late in the first quarter of the River City Rivalry at Nippert Stadium.
Pitt scored on its opening possession, a 10-play, 69-yard drive capped by McCoy’s 6-yard run. Bill Stull completed a 21-yard pass to Oderick Turner on third-and-13, and Aundre Wright drew a holding penalty by safety Cedric Tolbert on a third-and-4 at the 12 to set up McCoy’s scoring run that gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 9:20 remaining in the first quarter.
Cincinnati’s Mardy Gilyard was stripped by Antwuan Reed on the ensuing kickoff, and Nate Nix recovered at the Bearcats’ 34. The Panthers lost 12 yards over the next four plays and were forced to punt, which was downed at the Cincinnati 1 by Michael Toerper.
The Bearcats, however, responded with a drive that saw Tony Pike complete a 12-yard pass to Marcus Barnett on third-and-10 at the Pitt 49 and a 5-yarder to Dominick Goodman on fourth-and-1 at the Pitt 28 before the quarter ended.