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Sept. 1, 2012

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Pitt Football Postgame Notes
Youngstown State
Sept. 1, 2012

Originally scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff, tonight’s Pitt-YSU game was delayed until 6:30 p.m. due to lightning in the area. It is the first time Pitt has experienced a weather delay on the day of the game since Sept. 2, 2000, when the Panthers’ contest with Kent State at Three Rivers Stadium had two first-half lightning delays (totaling 1 hour, 2 minutes). The game started on time at 3:30 p.m. but did not end until 7:30 due to the delays. Pitt defeated Kent State, 30-7.

Prior to the contest, Pitt head coach Paul Chryst announced six players would be suspended for tonight’s game due to disciplinary reasons: freshman wide receiver Chris Davis, junior defensive lineman Tyrone Ezell, sophomore defensive back Anthony Gonzalez, senior defensive lineman Shayne Hale, sophomore wide receiver Ronald Jones and freshman running back Rushel Shell.

Pitt’s game captains for the YSU contest were senior center Ryan Turnley (offense), senior safety Andrew Taglianetti (defense) and senior wide receiver Cameron Saddler (special teams).

Pitt’s 31-17 loss to YSU was its first in the three-game series and its first ever to a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) school. The Panthers were 10-0 against FCS teams (formerly known as I-AA) prior to tonight’s loss, including two wins against YSU (2005 and 2009).

Senior tailback Ray Graham made his first start since suffering a season-ending right knee injury against Connecticut in the eighth game of the 2011 season. Graham was the nation’s second-leading rusher prior to the injury against UConn (134.1 yards/game through seven contests).  Against YSU, Graham had 71 yards on 14 attempts (5.1 avg.).

Players making their first start for Pitt’s defense tonight (eight total): sophomore defensive end Bryan Murphy, junior defensive end Jack Lippert, sophomore defensive tackle Eric Williams, redshirt freshman linebacker Nicholas Grigsby, redshirt freshman cornerback Lafayette Pitts, sophomore cornerback Cullen Christian and sophomore safety Ray Vinopal.

Senior receiver Joshua Brinson’s 35-yard touchdown catch with 9:17 left in the fourth quarter was his first career scoring reception. As a first-year junior-college transfer last year, he had one catch for three yards.

The Pitt defense’s streak of 25 consecutive games with a quarterback sack was snapped against YSU. The Panthers were held without a sack for the first time since Sept. 2, 2010, when they lost in overtime at Utah (27-24).