PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Rashad Jennings and Pittsburgh greeted
Cincinnati with a rude welcome to the Big East Conference.
Jennings ran for a career-high 102 yards as Pittsburgh scored
the game's first 16 points en route to an easy 38-20 triumph
After serving as the Panthers' starting tailback for the first
two weeks, Jennings had missed the team's last three contests
with a shoulder injury. The freshman bounced back with a huge
effort Saturday, recording the school's first 100-yard rushing
effort since Tim Murphy ran for 106 yards against West Virginia
on November 25.
Tyler Palko completed 14-of-32 passes for 175 yards, a touchdown
and an interception for Pittsburgh (2-3, 1-1 Big East), which
improved to 5-0 all-time vs. Cincinnati and captured the first
ever "River City Rivalry" trophy.
Palko scrambled for a five-yard touchdown run early in the
second quarter and Josh Cummings converted three field goals as
the Panthers jumped out to a 16-0 halftime lead.
Bradley Glatthaar ran for a four-yard score on the Bearcats'
opening possession in the second half, but Jennings capped a
six-play drive on the ensuing possession with a 13-yard
touchdown run - his first career TD - to give the Panthers a
Greg Lee caught three passes for 77 yards and a TD for
Pittsburgh, which has won 10 of its last 12 home conference
Dustin Grutza completed 9-of-19 attempts for 180 yards and two
touchdowns while Glatthaar ran for 63 yards on 16 carries for
Cincinnati (2-3, 0-1), which played in its first Big East game
after leaving Conference USA prior to this season.