Pitt Fights Through Rain, Tops Akron




AKRON, Ohio (pittsburghpanthers.com and AP)Qadree Ollison rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown on Saturday night, powering Pittsburgh to a 24-7 victory over Akron.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound freshman logged 21 carries despite leaving the field twice with minor left leg injuries. Nate Peterman added an 18-yard scoring pass to J.P. Holtz as the Panthers (2-0) held off the Zips (0-2) at waterlogged InfoCision Stadium. A soaking rain began two hours before kickoff and continued the entire game.

Peterman completed 12 of 17 attempts for 148 yards.

Ollison rushed for 207 second-half yards and a touchdown on Sept. 5 as Pitt outlasted Youngstown State 45-37. His yardage total was the most by a freshman in his debut in school history.

The Zips took a 7-3 lead on Conor Hundley's 32-yard TD run midway through the second quarter, but Peterman found Holtz on the goal line with 44 seconds left in the first half to put Pitt in front for good.

Ollison crashed in from 2 yards out in the third to extend the Panthers' advantage to 17-7, while Darrin Hall closed out the scoring with a 5-yard TD run with 2:51 left in the fourth.

Pitt outgained Akron 307-110 and held the Zips to eight first downs. Hundley gained a team-high 59 yards on 11 carries.