Pittsburgh falls to Cincinnati, 34-10
Quarterback Munchie Legaux threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns and added 117 yards on the ground as the Cincinnati opened their season with a Big East victory.
George Winn ran for a pair of scores and Ralph Abernathy caught both touchdown passes from Legaux, who was starting his fourth career game. Cincinnati's defense also finished with six sacks.
Legaux's 77-yard dash set up Winn's 9-yard run, which gave Cincinnati a 24-3 lead with 6:05 left in the third quarter. He later connected with Abernathy on a 12-yard touchdown strike to make it 31-3 early in the fourth.
Cincinnati scored on its first play from scrimmage when Winn burst up the middle for 58 yards just 1:24 into the contest.
Five plays later, Walter Stewart forced a fumble by Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri and Camaron Beard recovered at the Panthers' 38. Legaux found Abernathy on a 15-yard swing pass and Cincinnati led 14-0 with 10:04 remaining in the first quarter.
Pittsburgh, who opened with a loss to Youngstown State of the FCS last Saturday, squandered two red zone opportunities in the second quarter and trailed 17-0 at the half. After a holding penalty nullified a touchdown, Sunseri was intercepted by Greg Blair in the end zone. Pittsburgh also drove inside the Cincinnati 5, but the clock ran out after Sunseri's incomplete pass on first down.
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