Kevan Barlow rushed for a career-high 206 yards, including touchdown runs of 61 and 57 yards, to lead Pittsburgh past Kent, 30-23, yesterday at Pitt Stadium.
Kent (0-3) had the nation's longest major college losing streak extended to 16 games.
Barlow's performance, combined with Nick Goings's career-high 97 rushing yards, was one of the best running efforts by Pittsburgh (2-1) in recent years. The Panthers rushed 48 times for 351 yards, the most in Panthers Coach Walt Harris's three-year tenure.
With the score tied at 10, Barlow ran for 38 yards during a 13-play drive in the third quarter that culminated with Goings's one-yard touchdown run that gave Pittsburgh a 17-10 lead. Goings had 25 yards during the drive.
Kent drove to Pittsburgh's 16 on its next possession before settling for a field goal and trailed 17-13 when the Panthers put the game away.
AKRON 25, TEMPLE 15: Brandon Payne ran for two touchdowns and 156 yards to lead host Akron past the winless Owls.
Akron (2-1) went ahead 25-0 by halftime, then withstood Temple's surge in the fourth quarter. The Owls (0-3) were scoreless through 11 quarters this season before producing two touchdowns.
Payne, who had 25 carries, paced a strong Akron ground game that produced 318 yards.
Temple quarterback Mac Devito capped the game's longest drive, a 16-play, 80-yard effort, with a two-yard run. He also connected with Sean Dillard on a 43-yard scoring pass.
The only scoring in the first quarter was a safety that came when a snap went over the head of Temple punter Garvin Ringwelski and out of the end zone.