Inquirer Daily News
 
             === Pitt hands No. 21 Rutgers first Big East loss ===
 
 Pittsburgh,  PA  (Sports Network) - Using  its stingy defense and an efficient
 Tino Sunseri, Pittsburgh kept its postseason hopes alive.
 
 Rutgers,  meanwhile, will still  have a chance to win its first Big East title
 on Thursday.
 
 Sunseri  threw two  touchdown passes  in the  Panthers' 27-6  win over  No. 21
 Rutgers.
 
 Sunseri  was 21-of-39 for  227 yards, while Ray Graham ran for 113 yards and a
 touchdown on 23 carries for the Panthers (5-6, 2-4 Big East), who need to beat
 South Florida next Saturday to become bowl eligible.
 
 Mike  Shanahan hauled  in five  balls  for 62  yards  and a  touchdown in  the
 victory.
 
 Gary  Nova  completed just 18-of-37 passes  for 157 yards with a touchdown and
 interception  for Rutgers  (9-2,  5-1),  which can  still  win the  conference
 title outright with a victory against Louisville on Thursday.
 
 The Cardinals lost to Connecticut in triple overtime earlier on Saturday.
 
 In  their  last game at  Heinz Field  as a member  of the Big East, Pittsburgh
 jumped out to a 21-0 halftime advantage.
 
 After  going three-and-out  over their first four drives, the Panthers finally
 found an offensive rhythm on their fifth possession.
 
 Sunseri  hit J.P.  Holtz for a 28-yard  reception on the initial snap of an 8-
 play,  80-yard trek,  which was capped when Shanahan snagged Sunseri's floater
 in the back-left corner of the end zone on a 16-yard score.
 
 Sunseri  fumbled  the snap at the  Rutgers' 2-yard line two possessions later,
 but  Rutgers  didn't capitalize and  quickly booted the  ball back to the home
 team.
 
 Pittsburgh then received the ball at the 28-yard line and Graham concluded the
 quick  3-play march  with a 1-yard TD  plunge with 2:21 left on the first-half
 clock.
 
 Jawan  Jamison, who returned from an ankle injury but ran for just 14 yards on
 nine  touches,  picked up 13  on the first snap  of Rutgers' ensuing drive for
 just his team's second first down of the half.
 
 Rutgers  punted  the ball back  four snaps later  and Sunseri lofted a 13-yard
 score  in the waning  seconds of the half to Ed Tinker in the back left corner
 of the end zone for a 21-0 bulge.
 
 Kevin  Harper nailed  a 39-yard field goal midway through the third before the
 Scarlet Knights finally got on the board later in the frame when Nova fired an
 11-yard  TD  pass to Brandon Coleman.  Nova's pass on the two-point conversion
 was unsuccessful.
 
 Harper  booted through  a 25-yard field goal to conclude the scoring with just
 over six minutes to go in the fourth.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Rutgers  fell  to 5-1 on the  road this season ...  Both teams were held to 5-
 of-16   on  third  down  conversions  ...  Pittsburgh  outgained  the  Scarlet
 Knights,  365-207 ... Tim Wright caught six passes for 66 yards for Rutgers.
 
 
 11/24 19:54:38 ET