Scores

Final

Connecticut 21

(3-2, 2-1 away)

Pittsburgh 24

(5-1, 3-0 home)

Coverage: ABC

3:30 PM ET, October 10, 2009

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA

1 2 3 4 T
CONN 0 7 14 021
PITT 3 0 10 1124

Top Performers

Passing: B. Stull (PITT) - 268 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Lewis (PITT) - 24 CAR, 158 YDS

Receiving: J. Baldwin (PITT) - 8 REC, 104 YDS, 1 TD

Hutchins' 18-yard field goal sinks Connecticut on final play

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Dan Hutchins kicked an 18-yard field goal on the final play and Pittsburgh pulled off the biggest comeback in coach Dave Wannstedt's five seasons, rallying from 15 points down to beat Connecticut 24-21 on Saturday.

Connecticut (3-2, 0-1 in Big East) led 21-6 after Andre Dixon scored on a 2-yard run to end a 61-yard drive with 3:56 remaining in the third quarter. But Pitt quarterback Bill Stull, who made several major mistakes in the first half, found Jonathan Baldwin on a 26-yard scoring pass play set up by Dion Lewis' 32-yard run to cut it to 21-13.

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Pitt (5-1, 2-0) tied it midway through the fourth quarter when Stull and his roommate, tight end Dorin Dickerson, hooked up on a 27-yard pass play for Dickerson's seventh touchdown of the season.

Stull then hit Cedric McGee for the 2-point conversion. Stull went 21 of 31 for 268 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, and Lewis, a freshman who is the nation's No. 6 rusher, ran for 158 yards on 24 carries.

UConn never got any offense going while being outgained 147-6 in the fourth quarter. After the Huskies punted, Stull drove Pitt 74 yards for Hutchins' third field goal despite failing to score himself from the 1 on third-and-goal and time running out.

Pitt improved to 5-1 for the fifth time since 2000. The Panthers' previous biggest comeback under Wannstedt came in a 36-33, four-overtime win at Notre Dame last season, when they trailed by 14.

Pitt was in control early, but twice couldn't convert excellent scoring chances. Lewis was open in the end zone but dropped what would have been a 43-yard touchdown catch on the Panthers' first drive.

After UConn punted, Stull had Jonathan Baldwin open in the end zone on a first-down throw from the Huskies' 33, but Baldwin had to change direction to try to catch the pass over his shoulder and it was broken up. Baldwin made eight catches for 104 yards.

Instead of being up 14-0, Pitt came away from the two drives with only a Hutchins 42-yard field and a 3-0 lead.

Connecticut, which played a relatively soft schedule before Big East play, answered when Marcus Easley got behind Ricky Gary to connect with Cody Endres on a 79-yard touchdown pass play with 2:46 remaining in the first half. Easley had made only two catches all season but finished with two for 100 yards.

Endres, who played high school football in nearby Washington, Pa., made his third consecutive start for the injured Zach Frazer and went 17 of 23 for 197 yards.

Stull, who couldn't find his own receivers in the end zone earlier, then threw a pass directly into Robert Vaughn's hands for a 20-yard interception return touchdown on a pass apparently intended for Baldwin early in the third quarter and Uconn led 14-3. Stull came into the game with 11 touchdown passes and only one interception, but was picked off twice by Vaughn.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CONN
PITT
1st Downs1824
Total Yards303489
Passing197268
Rushing106221
Penalties2-52-20
3rd Down Conversions3-97-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers12
Possession24:0135:59

Passing Leaders

ConnecticutC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Endres17/231978.610
PittsburghC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stull21/312688.622

Rushing Leaders

ConnecticutCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon16955.9114
Todman12433.6011
PittsburghCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis241586.6033
Graham8536.6028

Receiving Leaders

ConnecticutRECYDSAVGTDLG
Easley210050.0179
Moore4369.0016
PittsburghRECYDSAVGTDLG
Baldwin810413.0126
Shanahan23517.5029

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCONNPITT
FG04:00Dan Hutchins 42 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERCONNPITT
TD02:46Marcus Easley 79 Yd Pass From Cody Endres (Dave Teggart Kick) 73
THIRD QUARTERCONNPITT
TD11:22Robert Vaughn 20 Yd Interception Return (Dave Teggart Kick) 143
FG07:49Dan Hutchins 19 Yd 146
TD03:56Andre Dixon 2 Yd Run (Dave Teggart Kick) 216
TD00:12Jonathan Baldwin 26 Yd Pass From Bill Stull (Dan Hutchins Kick) 2113
FOURTH QUARTERCONNPITT
TD07:35Dorin Dickerson 27 Yd Pass From Bill Stull (Bill Stull Pass To Cedric Mcgee For Two-Point Conversion) 2121
FG00:00Dan Hutchins 18 Yd 2124