Sept. 22, 2012
Pitt Football Postgame Notes
Gardner-Webb Game (Heinz Field)
Sept. 22, 2012
With today’s 55-10 win over Gardner-Webb, Pitt improved to 2-2 on the season and 11-1 all-time against Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) opponents.
Pitt compiled 626 yards in total offense (397 passing, 229 rushing), its highest single-game production since 1997, when it had 645 yards (470 passing, 175 rushing) in a double-overtime victory at Rutgers (55-48). Today was Pitt’s highest total offense in a regulation game since it compiled a school-record 648 (333 passing, 315 rushing) in a 66-30 win over Eastern Michigan in 1995.
Pitt has produced consecutive games with more than 500 yards in total offense (626 vs. Gardner-Webb and 537 vs. Virginia Tech). The last time Pitt accomplished that feat was the 1992 season when it had three consecutive 500-yard games (558 vs. Rutgers, 596 vs. Minnesota and 552 vs. Maryland).
Pitt’s 55 points against Gardner-Webb marks its highest single-game output since the 1999 season when the Panthers defeated Temple, 55-24, in Pitt Stadium.
Pitt’s 45-point victory margin is its highest since defeating UCF, 52-7, on Oct. 13, 2006. Pitt had two 45-point victories during the 2006 season, also defeating The Citadel, 51-6, on Sept. 23 of that year.
Senior quarterback Tino Sunseri compiled 340 yards in total offense today (344 passing and minus-4 rushing). Sunseri now has 6,616 yards in career total offense to rank fifth all-time at Pitt. He surpassed quarterback John Congemi (6,351 yards from 1983-86) and running back Tony Dorsett (6,526 from 1973-76) to reach fifth place.
Tino Sunseri’s 344-yard passing performance gives him 6,446 passing yards for his career, sixth all-time at Pitt. He trails No. 5 John Congemi by 21 yards. Congemi threw for 6,467 yards from 1983-86.
Tino Sunseri’s 344 yards passing are the second highest of his career. His career best was a 419-yard performance against Connecticut last year.
Senior receiver Mike Shanahan had a career-high 144 receiving yards (on five catches) today. It is his second consecutive 100-yard receiving game. Last week against Virginia Tech, Shanahan had the first 100-yard receiving game of his career with 111 yards on five catches.
Mike Shanahan’s 77-yard touchdown reception today was a career long. He had two touchdown catches on the day (77 and 4 yards), the second two-TD game of his career (Connecticut, 2011).
Mike Shanahan now has 118 receptions for his career, moving him into 12th all-time at Pitt. He surpassed Steve Moyer, who had 117 catches from 1969-71.
Junior safety Jason Hendricks’ interception in the third quarter was his team-leading third of the season. He had two interceptions in last week’s 35-17 victory over No. 13 Virginia Tech.
Junior linebacker Dan Mason saw his first game action today since suffering a serious right knee injury against the University of Miami on Sept. 23, 2010.
Senior tailback Ray Graham’s 78-yard touchdown run in the first quarter is the second longest run of his career. Graham had a 79-yard TD run against Florida International in 2010.
Freshman Rushel Shell’s one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter marked the first TD of his collegiate career.
Gardner-Webb senior cornerback Kamar Morrison had a 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter. It is the first time a Pitt opponent has scored off a fumble since the 2005 season when Louisville’s Deon Palmer recovered a Panther fumble in the end zone. (Louisville won the game, 42-20.)
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