(Saturday, September 17th)
Final Score: Iowa 31, Pittsburgh 27
Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) - James Vandenberg threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns, as the Iowa Hawkeyes rallied for a 31-27 comeback win over the Pittsburgh Panthers in a non-conference matchup at Kinnick Stadium.
Keenan Davis finished with 129 receiving yards and a touchdown on 10 catches for the Hawkeyes (2-1), who rebounded from last week's triple-overtime loss to rival Iowa State by erasing a 21-point second-half deficit against Pitt. Marvin McNutt, Jr. added 112 yards on eight catches, while Kevon Martin-Manley caught two TD passes and finished with 76 receiving yards.
Tino Sunseri threw for 255 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Panthers (2-1), who were looking for their first 3-0 start since 2000. Devin Street paced the receiving corps with seven catches for 138 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Ray Graham entered the contest as the nation's top rusher through two games, but he was mostly held in check and finished with 97 yards on 22 carries (4.4 ypc).
Pitt struck first, as Sunseri connected with Street for a 66-yard touchdown pass at the 6:35 mark of the opening quarter.
Kevin Harper added a 37-yard field goal late in the first quarter to give the Panthers a 10-0 lead.
Iowa got on the scoreboard with just under nine minutes to play until halftime, as Mike Meyer capped a 15-play, 86-yard drive with a 22-yard field goal. The drive lasted seven and a half minutes but ultimately stalled on Pittsburgh's four-yard line.
Pitt took a 17-3 lead at the 6:27 mark of the third quarter on a 30-yard pass from wideout Ronald Jones to Cameron Saddler on a double reverse.
Three minutes later, the Panthers made it a 24-3 game on Sunseri's four-yard touchdown pass to Drew Carswell.
Iowa answered with a five-play, 60-yard drive, punctuated by Vandenberg's one- yard touchdown plunge to cut the deficit to 24-10.
Pitt's Harper extended the lead to 27-10 on a 24-yard field goal with 12:09 to play in the fourth quarter. However, it was all Hawkeyes the rest of the way.
Vandenberg put the finishing touches on a seven-play, 73-yard drive with a 14- yard touchdown pass to Davis with just under 10 minutes to play.
At the 6:19 mark, Vandenberg hooked up with Martin-Manley for a 25-yard scoring strike to make it a 27-24 game. That duo hooked up again with 2:51 remaining, this time from 22 yards out to give the Hawkeyes their first lead of the game, which they were able to make stand over the final minutes.
Iowa had a 475-422 advantage in total yards for the game, and the Hawkeyes also enjoyed a six-minute edge in the time of possession battle.
09/17 16:25:54 ET