Penn State 7, Pitt 0: Journey Brown electrified the crowd by taking a handoff from the PSU 3 up the middle, bouncing out right and racing 85 yards up the sideline to the Pitt 12. Sean Clifford was picked off by Paris Ford on the next play, but the Panthers were called for pass interference for hitting tight end Pat Freiermuth early. That put the Lions at the 4, and two plays later, Devyn Ford scored from a yard out with 4:31 left in the first.
Penn State 7, Pitt 3: The Panthers drove 85 yards in 15 plays and ate up 9:15 of clock, but they managed only three points as PSU’s defense clamped down inside the 10. QB Kenny Pickett hit a couple of big throws on the drive (16 and 15 yards) and also showed good scrambling ability to pick up yards after the pocket collapsed. Pitt converted a fourth-and-4 from the PSU 40 with a short pass to Taysir Mack that barely got the distance. Pitt got first-and-goal at the 9 after a couple of passes by Pickett, but PSU got a stop and forced Alex Kessman to kick a 25-yard field goal with 6:34 left in the half.
Pitt 10, Penn State 7: Pickett had a great drive, leading the Panthers 78 yards in eight plays for a go-ahead score. Pitt got bailed out on third-and-8 from its own 24 by a holding call on PSU’s John Reid for a first down. Pickett went to work from there, hitting short passes and keeping the chains moving. From the PSU 30, Pickett found Dontavius Butler-Jenkins wide open down the left sideline to the 3. Vincent Davis scored from 3 yards two plays later for a Pitt lead with 2:08 left in the half.
Penn State 10, Pitt 10: Jordan Stout kicked the longest field goal in PSU history, a 57-yarder, with one second left in the half. Clifford connected with running back Ricky Slade for a 40-yard pickup on third-and-8, moving to the Pitt 45. Clifford was sacked at the 39, the Lions called timeout with the clock winding down, and Stout came on to drill the 57-yarder. He broke the previous PSU record of 55 yards, set by Chris Bahr.
Penn State 17, Pitt 10: The Lions got a huge drive from freshman running back Noah Cain, who caught a 13-yard pass early in the series and did most of the damage on the ground the rest of the way to the end zone. Cain had runs of 9 and 7 yards to help move into scoring territory and a 4-yard run to the Pitt 13. He scored on the next play from 13 yards out for the lead with 5:50 to go in the third.
— Compiled by Cory Giger