NCAA Game Summary - Connecticut at Pittsburgh|
(Wednesday, October 26th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 35, Connecticut 20
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Tino Sunseri threw two touchdown passes and
ran one in as Pittsburgh downed Connecticut, 35-20, in a Big East battle at
Sunseri went 29-for-42 for 419 yards and both of his TD passes went to Mike
Shanahan. Zach Brown also ran in a score and Ronald Jones had a late touchdown
pass to Devin Street for the Panthers (4-4, 2-1 Big East), who had lost their
previous two and were coming off a bye week.
It wasn't all good news for Pitt, though, as running back Ray Graham left
the game early with a leg injury.
Tackled on a short run, Graham stayed on the ground and grabbed his right
knee and eventually had to be helped off the field by trainers. After
being tended to briefly on the sideline, he was taken off the field on a cart.
The second leading rusher in the nation, he was averaging 134.1 yards per game
coming into the contest.
Johnny McEntee went 17-for-33 with 193 yards and two scores for the Huskies
(3-5, 1-2), who have dropped three of their last four and were also coming off
a bye week. Kashif Moore caught six passes for 106 yards and a score.
Pitt scored on its first touch as Sunseri faked a pass and took it in himself
from eight yards out exactly five minutes in. The eight-play, 84-yard drive
took a little over two minutes.
Late in the first, the Panthers marched 62 yards in seven plays and Sunseri
capped it off by hitting Shanahan over the middle with a pass and the big
junior took it in from 17 yards out with 54 seconds left in the frame.
Kevin Harper missed a 49-yard field goal to the right for Pitt with 10:01 left
in the second, and UConn took advantage of the miscue with a 40-yard boot from
Dave Teggart to get on the board.
However, Teggart later missed a 49-yard field goal and four plays later, Brown
took the ball in from three yards out for a 21-3 lead. The preceding play saw
Sunseri and Cameron Saddler hook up for a 40-yard gain.
On their first possession of the third, McEntee and Moore got together on a
62-yard score and Teggart added a 31-yard field goal of the team's next
possession to make it a 21-13 game with 4:08 left in the third.
However, the Panthers quickly answered as on the fifth play, Sunseri again
found Shanahan over the middle and he avoided a tackler on his way to a 27-
yard score for a 28-13 advantage.
Jones' only pass of the game was a 14-yard score to Street with 3:22 left to
give Pitt a 35-13 lead, and McEntee and Ryan Griffin got together on a 14-yard
score in the last minute to account for the final score.
10/27 00:16:36 ET