Pitt scored two straight touchdowns to pass Rutgers 14-7 in the first half, but the Scarlet Knights blocked a punt and converted just before halftime to tie the game at 14.
After Pitt recovered a Rutgers fumble to start the second half, quarterback Tino Sunseri found tight end Mike Cruz in the corner of the end zone and the Panthers went up 21-14. From there, Pitt dominated the game. While Rutgers’ offense managed 7 points at the end of the game, Pitt added 3 touchdowns and 2 field goals in the second half to win it 41-21.
Sunseri went 21 of 27 for 307 yards and three touchdowns.
The Panthers are now 2-0 in conference play and 4-3 overall. Pitt plays Big East rival Louisville at Heinz Field next Saturday.