Oct. 26, 2011
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Quarterback Tino Sunseri was 29 of 42 in the air for a career-high 419 yards and two TDs to lead Pittsburgh to a 35-20 win over the University of Connecticut on Wednesday night before a crowd of 40,219 at Heinz Field. UConn drops to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the BIG EAST while the Panthers improve to 4-4 and 2-1 in the BIG EAST.
Pittsburgh outgained UConn in total yardage 529-316 on the night despite loosing Ray Graham, the country's second-leading rusher, on his second carry of the game.
UConn junior quarterback Johnny McEntee (
Sunseri was also the top ground gainer for the Panthers with 12 carries for 40 yards and a TD. Zach Brown was Sunseri's favorite target of the night with 9 catches for 84 yards to go with 30 yards gained on the ground.
Senior Kashif Moore (Burlington, N.J.) scored UConn's only TD of the night as McEntee found him wide open with 11:35 to go in the third for a 62-yard score to make it 21-10. Moore finished the game with six receptions for 106 yards.
UConn cut it to 21-13 on its next possession as senior Dave Teggart (Northborough, Mass.) hit a 31-yard field goal. It was Teggart's fifth game of the year with multiple field goals and the 19th of his career.
That UConn drive began at its own 22 and the Huskies moved all the way to the Pitt 10-yard line for first and goal, but had to settle for the field goal.
As it appeared the game might be turning the Huskies' way,
Ronald Jones replaced Sunseri late in the fourth quarter and led the Panthers on their fifth touchdown drive of the night as he found Devin Street for a 14-yard touchdown reception to cap a three play scoring drive.
UConn got a one touchdown back with less than a minute to play as McEntee hooked up with junior tight end Ryan Griffin (Londonderry, N.H.) from 14 yards out to put the game at 35-20.
The Panthers scored on their first possession as they moved the ball 84 yard on eight plays in 2:18. Graham injured his leg on his second rush of the drive, but the Panthers did not flinch as they gained 51 yards on the next four plays for the score. Zach Brown had a three-yard rush for the 7-0 Pitt lead.
UConn finally broke into the scoring column when Teggart hit a 40-yarder with 7:17 left in the half to make it 14-3.