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Big East: Pitt snaps 11-game skid against Syracuse

©Associated Press
October 6, 2002

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Pittsburgh defense allowed only 39 yards in the first half and Brandon Miree scored twice as the Panthers beat Syracuse 48-24 Saturday to snap an 11-game losing streak against the Orangemen.

It was the fourth straight win for Pitt and its first in the Carrier Dome in 20 years.

After falling behind 3-0, Pitt recovered four fumbles and scored 48 straight. When David Abdul kicked a 19-yard field goal to give the Panthers a 41-3 lead midway through the third, the Panthers had outgained Syracuse 341-13.

Pitt defeated the Orangemen for the first time since Sept. 23, 1989, when the Panthers won 30-23. The teams tied the next year, and Syracuse won the next 11 by an average 19 points.

Syracuse wide receiver Johnnie Morant, a 6-foot-5 junior, missed his third straight game for violating team rules.

MARYLAND 48, W. VIRGINIA 17: Freshman reserve Josh Allen rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns, helping visiting Maryland to a 28-point first quarter. Maryland had five touchdown plays of more than 20 yards, including four in the first quarter. The 28 points were the most in a quarter for the Terrapins since they scored 29 in the opening quarter against Duke in 1982.

Allen became the first Maryland freshman since 1998 to top 100 yards. He broke three tackles on a 70-yard TD run late in the first and had a 1-yard TD run midway through the second for a 35-0 lead.

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