Sept. 1, 2007
PITTSBURGH - Pitt vs. Eastern Michigan Post Game Notes
Pitt has won 10 of its last 11 season openers and is 26-6 in opening contests since 1976.
Pitt is 25-2 all-time versus the Mid-American Conference with both losses occurring on the road. The Panthers are 8-0 against the MAC in season opening contests.
Pitt leads the series with Eastern Michigan 2-0. The last meeting between the two teams was in 1995 at Pitt Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Eagles 66-30 in that contest.
Nine Pitt players made their first career start tonight. They were: senior center Chris Vangas, sophomore tackle Jason Pinkston, redshirt sophomore tight end John Pelusi, junior quarterback Bill Stull, redshirt junior receiver Marcel Pestano, redshirt junior linebacker Adam Gunn, redshirt junior linebacker Scott McKillop, redshirt sophomore linebacker Shane Murray and redshirt freshman cornerback Ricky Gary.
Shane Brooks recorded the first two rushing touchdowns of his career tonight.
Ricky Gary registered the first interception of his career late in the first quarter.
Bill Stull threw for 177 yards tonight against EMU. Entering tonight's game, he had 89 yards passing for his career.
Marcel Pestano surpassed his career-high for receiving yards in a game with 72. His previous best was 70 yards against Louisville last season.
John Pelusi recorded his first career reception in the third quarter. He finished with three catches for 20 yards.
Nate Byham posted a new career-high for receptions in a game with three. Last season, he had one reception against both UCF and West Virginia.
Kevan Smith made his first collegiate appearance at quarterback tonight. He finished the night 2-4 for 18 yards.
Jovani Chappel surpassed his career-high for tackles in a game with four. His previous high was three stops last season at Connecticut.
Gus Mustakas compiled five tackles, eclipsing his career high of four from last year's West Virginia game.
Pitt's defense held EMU to 145 yards of total offense, marking the fewest yards given up in a season opening contest since the 1989 season when the Panthers allowed just 140 yards against Pacific.
LeSean McCoy saw his first collegiate action tonight, finishing with 68 yards on 10 carries.
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Pitt's Conner Named Preseason Doak Walker Award Candidate
Three Pitt players named Wuerffel Trophy candidates
Pitt's Bisnowaty Named to Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List