Oct. 27, 2012
Pitt defeated Temple, 47-17, to achieve its first Big East win of the season (1-3) and improve to 4-4 overall. The Panthers defeated Temple for the seventh consecutive time and now lead the all-time series 27-8-1.
Pitt’s 47 points are the most against a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent since it defeated Buffalo on the road, 54-27, on 9/12/09.
Pitt’s 47 points are its most in a home game against an FBS opponent since 10/2/99 when it defeated Temple, 55-24, in Pitt Stadium. The Panthers’ point total today is their highest ever against an FBS opponent at Heinz Field.
Pitt led Temple 31-7 at halftime. The last time the Panthers scored 30 points in the first half was 10/24/09, when they led USF 31-7 at intermission (winning 41-14).
Senior quarterback Tino Sunseri threw for 321 yards on 20-of-28 passing with three touchdowns. It is his third 300-yard passing game of the year and fifth of his career.
Senior running back Ray Graham rushed for 109 yards on 19 carries today. It is his second 100-yard game of the year and ninth of his career.
Ray Graham now has 2,851 rushing yards for his career to rank fifth all-time at Pitt. With his effort today, he surpassed LeSean McCoy (2,816 from 2007-08), Billy West (2,803 from 1993-97) and Elliott Walker (2,748 from 1974-77).
Ray Graham accounted for three total touchdowns today (two rushing and one receiving). It is the second time this year he has scored three total TDs. (He also had two rushing and one receiving in Pitt’s 35-17 win over Virginia Tech on 9/15/12.) By scoring 18 points today, Ray Graham now has 192 career points (on 32 touchdowns) to rank 10th in school history.
Junior receiver Devin Street had a career-high 140 receiving yards on six catches with a touchdown. Street now has three 100-yard receiving games this year and six for his career.
Senior receiver Mike Shanahan had six catches (for 67 yards), giving him 134 for his career to rank fifth all-time at Pitt.
Sophomore linebacker Eric Williams recorded his second fumble recovery of the season when he recovered a live ball that touched a Temple player on Pitt’s first punt of the game. Williams now has a team-leading two fumble recoveries on the year.
Redshirt freshman cornerback Lafayette Pitts stripped Temple receiver Deon Miller of the football following a five-yard reception in the fourth quarter. It was the first fumble recovery of Pitts’ career and gave the Panthers multiple fumble recoveries in a game for the first time this season.
Senior defensive end Shayne Hale made the first start of his career today. Hale posted career-highs in tackles (six) and tackles for loss (3.0 for losses totaling seven yards).
Junior linebacker Dan Mason posted his second consecutive double-digit tackle performance with 10 total stops today. Last week at Buffalo, he matched his career high with 11 tackles.
Freshman tight end J.P. Holtz’s 18-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter marked the first TD catch of his collegiate career and gave the Panthers a 14-0 lead.
Senior placekicker Kevin Harper converted field goals of 32 and 38 yards today. He now has made four consecutive field goals and six of his last seven. The lone miss during that stretch was a 50-yarder against Louisville.
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