Dan Marino passed for two touchdowns, Bryan Thomas and Joe McCall each ran for two and Tom Flynn scored on a 63-yard punt return as top-ranked Pitt, coming out of a season-long offensive slump, moved to a 49-0 second-quarter lead and defeated visiting Louisville, 63-14, yesterday.
"Everything we did was right," Coach Foge Fazio said. "I don't know if we needed this kind of game or not, but we'll take it."
"It's going to be a positive thing for us this week," said Flynn. "We look as this game and say, 'Hey, we can do it. Now, let's get out and do it against Notre Dame.' "
Tim Lewis returned the opening kickoff 91 yards and McCall ran a yard for the touchdown four plays later as Pitt (7-0) took a 7-0 lead.
Marino, completing 10 of 18 passes for 156 yards despite playing just more than two quarters, built the lead to 14-0 with a 41-yard pass to Julius Dawkins on the Panthers' next possession. Dave Puzzuoli recovered a fumble by Greg Hickman on the four of the Cardinals (3-5), McCall scored again on the next play and it was 21-0.
Marino threw a three-yard scoring pass to Clint Wilson, Thomas, who gained 119 yards on just nine carries, scored on runs of one and 51 yards, Flynn ran back the punt and reserve quarterback Danny Daniels dove a yard to score as the rout continued.
The victory came just a week after Pitt struggled to defeat Syracuse, 14-0.