College Football: Pittsburgh Holds off Carolina in Charlotte

Posted Dec 26, 2009 by Michael Bearak
The Pittsburgh Panthers have had some big wins over the years, but not too many since a guy named Marino lead the team. This year the Panthers were close to winning the Big East, falling just short to Cincinnati in the Championship game.
The Pitt Panthers came into Charlotte facing the UNC Tar Heels, which was almost a home game for the men in powder blue. That didn't stop Pitt or freshman back Dion Lewis as he raced to 159 yards on 28 carries.
The more impressive part for Lewis was the fact that early in the first quarter he entered the record books as he passed the great Tony Dorsett for the most yards by a freshman with 1799 yards along with 17 touchdowns. There were only three games where he didn't run for at least 100 yards and he scored a touchdown in all but three games as well. There were six games where Lewis ran for over 150 yards and six games with two or more touchdowns. Lewis had eclipsed 100 yards by halftime.
Pitt won 10 games for the first time since 1981, when Dan Marino was their quarterback. Still, it was Dan Hutchins kicked a 33-yard field goal with 52 seconds left that gave them the victory over the Tar Heels.
Butch Davis for the Tar Heels and Dave Wannstedt for Pitt are old buddies. They worked on Jimmy Johnson's staffs at Oklahoma State, Miami and the Dallas Cowboys, winning a national title and Super Bowl together. It was the first time they have coached against each other here.
This was the second time in two years that North Carolina lost their last game in Charlotte.