John Congemi stunned Penn State with three first-half touchdown passes, two to Bill Wallace, in the upset at University Park, Pa.
Congemi, a junior who missed half the season with an ankle injury, found Wallace on touchdown passes of 29 yards in the first quarter and 30 yards in the second. He hit Chuck Scales on a 23-yard scoring pass with 41 seconds left in the half to give the Panthers a 24-3 halftime lead.
Congemi completed 12 of 16 passes for 156 yards as the Panthers totaled 264 yards in the half, and also got a 39-yard field goal by Mark Brasco. Congemi finished 16 for 22 for 204 yards.
The Pitt defense took over in the second half. Although it gave up Penn State's only touchdown -- a 37-yard pass from John Shaffer to George Alpert in the third quarter -- it stopped two other drives.
It was the first victory over Penn State since 1980 for the Panthers, who finish at 3-7-1, their worst record since 1972. Penn State leads the series 41-39-4.
Penn State, which will not go to a bowl for the first time in 14 years, ended 6-5. It was the Nittany Lions' worst record since 1976.