UConn beats Pitt 24-17 for first Big East win

UConn beats Pitt 24-17 for first Big East win
November 9, 2012, 11:11 pm
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Connecticut quarterback Chandler Whitmer (10) fumbles ball as he is hit Pittsburgh's Andrew Taglianetti (41) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. UConn recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Lyle McCombs ran for 120 yards and a touchdown and Connecticut beat Pittsburgh 24-17 on Friday night for the Huskies' first conference win after four losses.

Chandler Whitmer threw for 213 yards and a score for the Huskies (4-6, 1-4 Big East), and Nick Williams returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown.

Tino Sunseri threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns for Pitt (4-6, 1-4), which fell short in its attempt to overcome a 24-0 halftime deficit. The Panthers, like UConn, must now win out to become bowl eligible.

McCombs, who ran for more than 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman, had only 547 yards and four scores coming into the game.

The Huskies held Pitt running back Ray Graham to 41 yards on 15 carries.