Pitt's 35-20 win over Connecticut Wednesday proved to be an extremely costly one as the Panthers lost three starters to season-ending injuries.
The most prominent of the three is star tailback Ray Graham, a junior, who went down with a right knee injury that will require surgery. Graham was the second-leading rusher in the NCAA (134.1 ypg) and finished his season with 958 yards and 164 carries and nine touchdowns.
But Pitt also lost starting guard Matt Rotheram, a redshirt freshman, in the game as he suffered a fractured left ankle and will also need to have surgery.
And starting receiver Cam Saddler, a junior from Gateway, is out for the rest of the season with a fractured sternum. Saddler started seven of Pitt's eight games and had 19 catches for 207 yards.
The most likely replacements for the three are - Zach Brown at tailback, Cory King at guard and Ronald Jones at receiver.
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