Oct. 13, 2012
Pitt Postgame Notes:
Today’s 45-35 loss to Louisville snaps a four-game winning streak in the series for Pitt. The Panthers had won each game from 2008-11. Prior to today, the Cardinals’ last victory over Pitt was a 24-17 decision in 2007 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. With the Cardinals’ win today, the all-time Pitt-Louisville series is tied, 8-8.
The 45 points scored by Louisville today are the most surrendered by Pitt since a 45-44 loss to Cincinnati at Heinz Field on 12/5/09.
Pitt’s 35 points are the most it has scored in a losing effort since 12/5/09 when it dropped a 45-44 decision to Cincinnati at Heinz Field.
Ray Graham compiled 71 all-purpose yards today (20 rushing and 51 receiving) and now ranks second all-time at Pitt with 4,173 career all-purpose yards. He surpassed Gibby Welch (4,108 from 1925-27) for second. Pitt’s career leader in all-purpose yardage is Tony Dorsett, who had 7,117 from 1973-76.
Devin Street had 111 yards receiving on 11 catches today. It is his second consecutive game with double-digit catches and more than 100 yards receiving (10 catches for 130 yards receiving at Syracuse on 10/5/12).
Devin Street’s 11 catches today were a career-high, eclipsing his previous best of 10 receptions against Syracuse last week.
Devin Street now has five career 100-yard receiving games.
Devin Street now ranks 13th in career receptions at Pitt with 117. Street is tied with Steve Moyer (1969-71) on the all-time list.
Mike Shanahan had 74 yards receiving on four catches today. Shanahan now has 1,818 career receiving yards to rank ninth all-time at Pitt. He surpassed Henry Tuten (1,758 yards from 1987-89) for ninth place.
Cameron Saddler’s seven-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was his first of the season and the fourth of his career.
In the second quarter Todd Thomas blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown, giving Pitt a 14-7 lead. It is Pitt’s first blocked punt for a TD since 10/15/11, when Andrew Taglianetti’s block was returned 10 yards for a TD by Antwuan Reed vs. Utah.
The touchdown and blocked punt were both the first of Todd Thomas’ collegiate career.
Pitt now has 42 blocked kicks since the 2000 season.
Pitt’s game captains for the Louisville contest were senior receiver Mike Shanahan (offense), senior center Ryan Turnley (offense), junior defensive lineman Aaron Donald (defense), senior safety Jarred Holley (defense) and senior receiver Cameron Saddler (special teams).
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