The Pittsburgh Panthers got the football first and milked a good five minutes off the clock, but ultimately had to punt with quarterback Tino Sunseri after driving 43 yards in 10 plays. Once the Utah Utes got the football from Pitt, however, they were able to march down the field on the legs of running back John White IV.
White had runs of 11 and 21 yards to help move the football for the Utes, as well as a big rouging the passer penalty on Pitt's Max Gruder after an 11-yard completion from Utes quarterback Jon Hays to Dres Anderson. Those few plays were enough to set Utah up on the red zone for a 23-yard field goal allowing Utah to take an early 3-0 lead.
Fortunately for the Panthers, on the ensuing kickoff Buddy Jackson returned the ball 98 yards for a touchdown, giving Pitt a 7-3 lead in the first quarter.
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