Pitt offense stalls in loss to Utah, 26-14
Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri is tripped up by Utah's LT Tuipulotu in the second quarter at Heinz Field this afternoon.
Pitt quarterback Trey Anderson looks to pass against Utah in the second quarter at Heinz Field this afternoon.
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Pitt's offense put forth one of its worst offensive performances in recent team history this afternoon and as a result, the Panthers lost to Utah, 26-14, before a crowd of 43,718 at Heinz Field.
The Panthers managed only 120 total yards -- 40 through the air -- and just 12 first downs and never really threatened to score, at least on offense.
Pitt coach Todd Graham also shuffled two quarterbacks -- Tino Sunseri and Trey Anderson -- in and out of the game to try and make something happen but it was to no avail as the offense could not get started. The two quarterbacks combined to complete only 9 of 28 passes.
Even superb tailback Ray Graham couldn't get anything going as he rushed 12 times for only 46 yards.
Pitt (3-4) did get two touchdowns on special teams -- a 98-yard kick-off return by Buddy Jackson and a return of a blocked punt by Antwuan Reed -- but it wasn't enough as the Utes controlled field position and got some clutch field goal kicking by Coleman Peterson, who was 4-for-4 in some tough, windy conditions.
Utah (3-3) also got seven points off of a pick six by Derrick Shelby and a touchdown pass in the second quarter from Jon Hays to Luke Matthews.
First Published October 15, 2011 3:36 pm