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(Saturday, October 27)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 47, Temple 17
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Ray Graham notched two rushing touchdowns and another one receiving, as the Pittsburgh Panthers rolled to a 47-17 win over the Temple Owls in Big East Conference action from Heinz Field.
Graham finished with 180 yards of total offense (109 rushing, 71 receiving). Tino Sunseri completed 20-of-28 passes for 321 yards and three scores, while Devin Street had six catches for 140 yards and a TD to help the Panthers (4-4, 1-3 Big East) notch their first conference victory of the season.
After suffering a second-half collapse against No. 18 Rutgers last week, the Owls (3-4, 2-2) spent virtually the whole game playing from behind. Chris Coyer threw for 143 yards and Montel Harris ran for 72 in the loss.
Pitt moved right down the field on its first possession, and Rushel Shell found pay dirt on a one-yard run.
The Panthers pushed their lead to 14-0 later in the opening frame, as Sunseri found J.P. Holtz for an 18-yard touchdown pass, capping a six-play, 90-yard drive.
Temple's Matt Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 77 yards to the Pitt 21-yard line, setting up a nine-yard TD pass from Coyer to Cody Booth.
However, the Panthers began to pull away in the second quarter. After a 32- yard field goal from Kevin Harper at the 9:40 mark, Pitt made it a 24-7 game on Graham's one-yard touchdown plunge.
The Panthers defense forced a three-and-out to get the ball back to the offense, and Sunseri capitalized with a four-yard scoring strike to Graham with one second remaining in the half.
Temple showed some signs of life in the third quarter. The Owls opened the second half with a 10-play, 75-yard drive, capped by Harris' 14-yard TD scamper. However, the teams traded field goals to close out the third quarter, and Pitt added two more insurance TDs in the fourth. Graham scored on a two- yard run with 13:57 to play, and Street put the stamp on Pitt's victory with a 58-yard touchdown grab at the 4:41 mark.
Pitt overwhelmed the Owls by racking up 528 yards of total offense for the game and scoring on all seven trips inside the red zone (five TDs, two FGs).
10/27 16:43:38 ET
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