September 15, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Tino Sunseri (12) passes the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Panthers won 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Gardner Webb Vs. Pitt: Panthers Steamroll Runnin' Bulldogs, 55-10

The Panthers used another 300-yard passing performance from Tino Sunseri to rout Gardner-Webb, 55-10, on Saturday.

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Gardner-Webb Vs. Pitt 2012 Final Score: Panthers Rout Runnin' Bulldogs, 55-10

Senior quarterback Tino Sunseri completed 18 of 24 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to propel the Pittsburgh Panthers to a 55-10 rout of Gardner-Webb at Heinz Field. The victory was Pitt's second straight and helped improve its record to 2-2 on the season, while the Runnin' Bulldogs, a Football Championship Subdivision program, remain winless at 0-4.

Pitts' senior running back Ray Graham carried the ball eight times for 92 rushing yards and one touchdown, a 78-yard burst that helped Pitt take an early 7-0 lead with 3:23 to go in the first quarter.

After a late first-quarter field goal form Gardner-Webb cut the Panthers lead to 7-3, Pitt used a 20-point second quarter to take a 27-10 lead into halftime. Freshman running back Rushel Shell and wide receiver Devin Street each scored touchdowns in the second quarter.

The Panthers cemented the game by scoring 28-unanswered points in the second half, the last two coming on rushes from sophomore running back Isaac Bennet who scored from three and 11 yards out in the fourth quarter. Bennett's two scores followed two third-quarter touchdown passes from Sunseri to senior wide receiver Mike Shanahan.

Shanahan finished the game with five catches for 144 receiving yards and two touchdowns, the last being a 77-yarder that helped give Pitt a 41-10 lead with a minute to play in the third quarter.

For more on Pittsburgh football, visit Pitt blog Cardiac Hill, plus SB Nation Pittsburgh. And Big East Coast Bias, for the time being.

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Gardner-Webb Vs. Pitt Score: Panthers Lead Runnin' Bulldogs, 27-10, At Halftime

Senior running back Ray Graham has already compiled 82 rushing yards and one touchdown, a 78-yard first-quarter burst that has helped the Pittsburgh Panthers claim a 27-10 halftime lead over Gardner-Webb in a non-conference contest at Heinz Field.

Pitt (1-2) tallied a pair of touchdowns and field goals in the second quarter to take the commanding lead on Gardner-Webb (0-3), a Football Championship Subdivision program. Kicker Kevin Harper has nailed kicks from 41 and 22 yards, freshman tailback Rushel Shell tallied a 1-yard rushing touchdown, while senior quarterback Tino Sunseri threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Devin Street.

Three of the scores come on consecutive offensive possessions in the second quarter. Shells' touchdown was set up by a fumbled kick return by the Runnin' Bulldogs that the Panthers recovered at the Gardner-Webb 39-yard line. Six plays later, Shell scored and helped give Pitt a 17-3 lead with 11:27 to go in the half.

Gardner-Webb's lone touchdown came on the defensive side of the ball -- a 65-yard fumble recovery ran in for a touchdown by Kamar Morrison, who scored with just 1:10 to go in the half. Morrison scooped up a fumble from Pitts' Graham, who caught a pass from Sunseri but then was stripped.

Overall, Sunseri is 13-for-18 with 204 passing yards and one touchdown.

For more on Pittsburgh football, visit Pitt blog Cardiac Hill, plus SB Nation Pittsburgh. And Big East Coast Bias, for the time being.

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