It's been a defensive struggle; one that emcees the type of physical football that Pitt and Rutgers like to be known for. Through one half, the Panthers lead 7-0.
Both teams saw a scoreless first quarter, before Mike Shanahan got wide-open in the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown pass from Tino Sunseri.
Both teams combined for nine punts before we saw the first score of the day.
Pitt got some momentum, after Rutgers starting quarterback Gary Nova was knocked out of the game for two series. They answered with an 80-yard drive, resulting in Shanahan's touchdown catch.
The Panthers added two more scores late in the second quarter. Ray Graham took it in from a yard out, after the Panthers took over at the Rutgers 28. The Panthers fumbled the ball away on its previous drive, at the Rutgers 1.
Pitt then drove 55 yards on 9 plays resulting in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Sunseri to Ed Tinker. It was Tinker's first touchdown catch, as Pitt took a three touchdown lead into the locker room.
Sunseri has completed 17-of-28 passes for 203 yards and two touchdown passes. Aaron Donald has six tackles for Pitt, including three for losses; the catalyst for Rutgers' inability to move the ball.