BUFFALO, N.Y. -- While constant wind and on-and-off rain showers didn't make it pretty, Pitt ended its two-game losing streak Saturday, beating Buffalo 20-6.
The Panthers (3-4, 0-3 Big East) relied heavily on their rushing attack, with 41 runs to 17 passing attempts on the game. Ray Graham ran for 74 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, and Rushel Shell added 35 yards and a score on 12 carries.
Pitt built up a 13-6 lead in the first half but did it virtually without a passing game. Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri completed just two passes in the opening 30 minutes, both screen passes. In the second half, the Panthers opened it up a little bit and got their offense moving.
Despite the rough conditions, Sunseri completed 9 of 17 passes for 128 yards and, most importantly, no interceptions.
The Panther defense allowed the Bulls (1-6, 0-3 MAC) to gain 332 yards but held firm when it mattered most. Pitt kept Buffalo out of the end zone and limited them to just two first-half field goals.
Linebacker Dan Mason matched a career high with 11 tackles for Pitt.
Buffalo quarterback Alex Zordich finished with 165 yards passing and another 79 yards on the ground.
Pitt returns home next week with a Big East game at Heinz Field against Temple.
First Published October 20, 2012 10:45 PM