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Compass Bowl 2012, SMU Vs. Pitt Score Update: SMU Leads 21-0 After First Quarter

The SMU Mustangs and Pittsburgh Panthers are facing off in the sixth 2012 BBVA Compass Bowl at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

Pittsburgh came into the game as five-point favorites over the Mustangs, but early in the game it's been pretty much all SMU. The Mustangs scored in the opening five minutes as J.J. McDermott completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Darius Johnson to open the scoring and put SMU up 7-0 early.

Later, SMU finished another eight-play, 54-yard drive with a short rushing touchdown by McDermott to put the 'Stangs up 14-0 with under three minutes to go in the third quarter. At that point, the Mustangs had controlled the ball for 9:29 of the game, compared to just 2:44 for the Panthers.

After that second touchdown, the Mustangs quickly forced a fumble during a sack of Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri, taking over on the Pittsburgh 28-yard line. In short order, they were back inside the red zone once again. As the quarter wound down, SMU scored on second-and-goal when Rishad Wimbley rushed in from the two-yard line. Just like that, the Mustangs had rattled off 21 unanswered points in the first quarter.

The Panthers had a good kick return to get them back to midfield following the touchdown and picked up positive yardage on a quarterback scramble as the quarter wound to a close.

For more updates and news on the 2012 Compass Bowl, please stay tuned to this StoryStream. For more from the Panthers, visit Pitt blog Cardiac Hill and SB Nation Pittsburgh.