Pitt & Sunseri Bomb Away On The Orange

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Pitt Panthers

Sept. 2 at Utah L 27-24 OT
Sept. 11 N. Hampshire W 38-16
Sept. 18 OPEN DATE
Sept. 23 Miami L 31-3
Oct. 2 FIU W 42-17
Oct. 9 at Notre Dame L 23-17
Oct. 16 at Syracuse W 45-14
Oct. 23 Rutgers
Oct. 30 Louisville
Nov. 6 OPEN DATE
Nov. 11 Connecticut
Nov. 20 at USF
Nov. 26 West Virginia
Dec. 4 at Cincinnati

Pitt 45 … at Syracuse 14

What Happened: Pitt started out the game with a 79-yard touchdown pass to Devin Street on its opening possession, and it didn’t look back as Tino Sunseri threw four touchdown passes and Ricky Gary picked off a pass for an 80-yard score on the way to a 35-7 lead. Syracuse got in the end zone in the first quarter on a one-yard Delone Carter run, and in the fourth on a 11-yard Van Chew catch, but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome four turnovers and a defense that couldn’t handle the Pitt passing game. Eight different receivers caught passes for the Panthers and four scored.

Player of the Game: Pitt QB Tino Sunseri completed 17-of-24 passes for 266 yards and four scores

Stat Leaders: Syracuse – Passing: Ryan Nassib, 25-36, 231 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Delone Carter, 13-38, 1 TD Receiving: Alec Lemon, 8-108

Pitt – Passing: Tino Sunseri, 17-24, 266 yds, 4 TD
Rushing: Dion Lewis, 15-80, 1 TD Receiving: Mike Shanahan, 4-64, 1 TD

What It All Means: After weeks of mediocre play, Pitt came out with one of its best performances of the year. There were ten penalties and the defense wasn’t a total brick wall, but it came up with four takeaways and Tino Sunseri came up with his strongest game yet. Dion Lewis still can’t get rolling, but he was decent with 80 yards and a score. Now he’ll have to do even more and the team will have to be even tighter to avoid giving away winnable games against Rutgers and Louisville over the next few games.