LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Adam Ickes blocked Josh Cummings' 46-yard
field goal attempt as time ran out Saturday, allowing Nebraska to
hang on for a 7-6 victory over Pittsburgh that kept coach Dave
Wannstedt's Panthers winless.
The play brought a bizarre end to an inept offensive game by
both teams and dropped Pitt to 0-3 for the first time since 1984.
Zac Taylor accounted for Nebraska's only score, falling into the
end zone from a yard out in the second quarter.
Cummings kicked field goals of 38 and 27 yards in the third
quarter to pull the Panthers (0-3) within a point, then missed a
49-yarder that would have given them the lead with 11:19 left.
After Jordan Congdon missed a 38-yard field goal attempt for
Nebraska (3-0), the Panthers got the ball back with 1:28 to play.
Tyler Palko hit Joe DelSardo with a 26-yard pass to move Pitt to
the Nebraska 29. Palko intentionally spiked the ball to stop the
clock and set up Cummings' final try with 7 seconds left.
Mike McGlynn's snap deflected off holder Adam Graessle's helmet
and into the hands of Cummings, who smartly threw incomplete into
an open area of the field. The clock stopped with a second left,
and Cummings was given another chance on third down.
This time Cummings' kick was stuffed by Ickes for Nebraska's
second field-goal block of the game.
Both teams struggled offensively, as they did in their first two
games. Neither team committed a turnover, but neither could
overcome their own problems.
Cory Ross was Nebraska's only threat, running 32 times for 153
yards. Taylor completed 10-of-20 passes for 93 yards.
But Nebraska committed 11 penalties for 91 yards, getting called
for illegal formations twice, an illegal downfield receiver once
and four false starts.
Pitt was led by LaRod Stephens-Howling, who had 98 yards on 17
carries. Palko was 11-of-26 for 190 yards.
Pitt finished with 304 yards and Nebraska 267, only 114 in the
Nebraska drove 39 yards in six plays for its only score. On
fourth-and-goal at the 1, Taylor dropped back looking to pass, then
staggered into the end zone after finding no one open.
Nebraska was in position to add to its lead after Terrence
Nunn's 62-yard punt return set up the Huskers at the Pitt 30. But
Taylor was sacked twice, and the Huskers had to punt.
Pitt's offense continued its season-long struggle in the first
half, generating only 87 yards. The Panthers moved from their 20 to
the Nebraska 25 on the game's opening series, which ended with Zach
Potter blocking Cummings' 42-yard field-goal attempt.