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(Friday, November 9th)
Final Score: Connecticut 24, Pittsburgh 17
East Hartford, CT (Sports Network) - Lyle McCombs ran for 120 yards and a score on 29 carries as Connecticut took a 24-17 win over Pittsburgh in Big East play.
Chandler Whitmer went 19-for-25 with 213 yards, one touchdown and one interception while Ryan Griffin had six catches for 84 yards and a score for the Huskies (4-6, 1-4 Big East), who got their first conference win and snapped a four-game losing streak.
Tino Sunseri passed for 302 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-34 attempts while Drew Carswell and Mike Shanahan each caught a touchdown for the Panthers (4-6, 1-4), who have dropped their past two games.
The Huskies opened the game with the ball and ran 11 plays over 6 1/2 minutes to get into the end zone. Griffin, who earlier in the drive had caught a 23- yard pass that saw him hurdle over a defender, grabbed a 2-yard score for a 7-0 lead.
Following a three-and-out from Pitt, UConn got the ball back at its own 27 and moved 61 yards over 12 plays, capped by a 29-yard field goal from Chad Christen with 1:43 left in the first for a 10-0 lead.
The Panthers got into scoring position and tried a 44-yard field goal early in the second, but Kevin Harper missed.
The Huskies quickly punted, as did the Panthers, but Nick Williams fielded the punt at his own 20 then raced down the left sideline on an 80-yard score for a 17-0 lead.
McCombs' 2-yard touchdown run with 1:02 left in the first half staked the Huskies to a 24-0 lead. The drive covered 61 yards over six plays and was highlighted by a 22-yard catch by Griffin.
Pitt got a 42-yard field goal from Harper to open the second half to get on the board.
In a drive that spanned the third and fourth quarters, Sunseri capped it with an 11-yard strike to Carswell for a 24-10 game with 13:37 to play.
Shanahan caught an 18-yard score with 2:46 to play to make it a one-score game, but UConn was able to get the first downs it needed and ran out the clock.
11/09 23:21:54 ET
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