Pitt ends losing streak with 20-6 win against Buffalo
Buffalo's Alex Zordich (15) is brought down by Pitt's Bryan Murphy (93) and T.J. Clemmings (90) during the first half.
Pitt's Rushel Shell breaks away from Buffalo's Khalil Mack to score a touchdown during the first half.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- While constant wind and on-and-off rain showers didn't make it pretty, Pitt ended its two-game losing streak Saturday, beating Buffalo 20-6.
The Panthers (3-4, 0-3 Big East) relied heavily on their rushing attack, with 41 runs to 17 passing attempts on the game. Ray Graham ran for 74 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, and Rushel Shell added 35 yards and a score on 12 carries.
Pitt built up a 13-6 lead in the first half but did it virtually without a passing game. Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri completed just two passes in the opening 30 minutes, both screen passes. In the second half, the Panthers opened it up a little bit and got their offense moving.
Despite the rough conditions, Sunseri completed 9 of 17 passes for 128 yards and, most importantly, no interceptions.
The Panther defense allowed the Bulls (1-6, 0-3 MAC) to gain 332 yards but held firm when it mattered most. Pitt kept Buffalo out of the end zone and limited them to just two first-half field goals.
Linebacker Dan Mason matched a career high with 11 tackles for Pitt.
Buffalo quarterback Alex Zordich finished with 165 yards passing and another 79 yards on the ground.
Pitt returns home next week with a Big East game at Heinz Field against Temple.
First Published October 20, 2012 6:46 pm