It's been a defensive struggle so far, with neither team being able to get much going offensively. Pittsburgh has only managed yards 116 of offense, while Buffalo is a bit better at 158 yards.
Pittsburgh grabbed a 6-0 lead after one quarter, thanks to two field goals by Kevin Harper. The first came from 45 yards out and the second was a 22-yard chip shot.
Pittsburgh pushed the lead out to 13-0 on a four-yard run by Rushel Shell with 8:40 remaining in the first half. The score capped off a 27-yard drive that was set up by an interception by Panthers defensive back Jason Hendricks.
Buffalo got to within one score of Pittsburgh late in the half on the strength of Patrick Clarke's leg. Clarke kicked two field goals in the last 4:16 of the half to make the score 13-6.