EAST HARTFORD, CONN. – Pitt and Connecticut traded second-quarter field goals and played to a 3-3 first-half tie in their Big East Conference regular-season finale today at Rentschler Field.
Michael Toerper blocked a Desi Cullen punt at the Connecticut 7 at 13:13 of the second quarter. It was the 10th blocked kick of the season for the Panthers, extending their single-season school record.
The Panthers settled for a 21-yard field goal by Conor Lee, who set a single-season school record with his 19th of the season. It broke the mark set by Carson Long in 1976 and since tied by Josh Cummings (2004) and Lee (’07). It was the 49th career field goal by Lee, another school record.
Pitt had a 3-0 lead with 11:35 to play in the second quarter.
Connecticut answered with an 11-play, 43-yard drive capped by David Teggart’s 45-yard field goal that tied the game at 3-3 with 5:30 remaining in the half.
Connecticut has outgained Pitt, 98-36, in total offense, thanks to the 74-yard effort of tailback Donald Brown, the nation’s leading rusher. Pitt tailback LeSean McCoy has rushed for 29 yards on 12 carries, while quarterback Bill Stull has completed 5 of 11 passes for 24 yards, with an interception.
UConn also has won the time-of-possession battle, with a 3:14 advantage.