Oct. 8, 2005
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh's special teams set up one touchdown with a blocked punt and scored on Darrelle Revis' 79-yard punt return to spoil Cincinnati's first game in the Big East Conference with a 38-20 victory Saturday.
Pitt's offense was lethargic again in the first half - a season-long problem for a team that had one of the nation's best passing offenses a year ago - until Palko hit Greg Lee for a 44-yard reception to set up one of Josh Cummings' three field goals. Pitt (2-4, 1-1 Big East) led 16-0 at the half.
Palko, despite being off on his throwing almost the entire game, later found Lee on a 10-yard scoring pass to start the fourth quarter - after what mostly was a defensive game opened up in the third quarter with each team scoring twice.
Palko did score the game's only touchdown in the first half, a 5-yarder that came after Adam Gunn blocked Chet Ervin's punt at the Cincinnati 6.
Pitt's running game, which Wannstedt planned to make the focal point, also had its first 100-yard rusher of the season. Rashad Jennings, a freshman, gained 102 yards on 11 carries and scored his first touchdown on a 13-yard run.
For Cincinnati (2-3, 0-1), an offense that began the game 93rd nationally in passing efficiency and 99th in scoring was only slightly more productive than it was in being held to 19 points in its previous two games - a 44-16 loss to Miami (Ohio) and a 7-3 win over Western Carolina.
Bradley Glatthaar ran for a touchdown for the fifth consecutive game, a 4-yarder early in the third quarter set up by Dustin Grutza's 56-yard pass to Earnest Jackson. Grutza also threw a 22-yard scoring pass to Jackson but, other than those two completions, completed only seven other passes.
Revis' punt return came late in the third quarter and made it 30-7. Lee had three catches for 77 yards after having 100 yards or more receiving in three consecutive games.
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