PITTSBURGH -- Ray Graham ran for 277 yards and three touchdowns in his first college start and Pittsburgh shook off three sluggish quarters to beat Florida International 44-17 on Saturday.
Graham's third consecutive 100-yard game -- his first two were off the bench -- represented the second-highest rushing total in Pitt history. Only Tony Dorsett gained more, running for 303 yards against Notre Dame in 1975, the season before he won the Heisman Trophy.
Graham scored on runs of 89, 34 and 19 yards for Pitt.
The Panthers (2-2) led only 13-10 at the half and 16-10 after three quarters before scoring four touchdowns in the fourth quarter against winless Florida International (0-4), which is 14-72 since starting football.