Nov. 8, 2008
Pitt Postgame Notes:
• DB Ricky Gary recovered a dropped lateral in the end zone to give the Panthers a 34-7 fourth quarter lead. The play marked Gary’s first TD of his career and Pitt’s first defensive TD of the season. It was also Gary’s first career fumble recovery. The last time Pitt returned a fumble for a touchdown was on Oct. 25, 2003 against Syracuse when Bernard “Josh” Lay returned the ball 20 yards for the score.
• On Louisville’s next drive, LB Scott McKillop returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown. The play marked his first interception return for touchdown in his career. The last time a Pitt player returned an interception for a TD was Gus Mustakas vs. Toledo on Sept. 30, 2006 (9 yards).
• The last time Pitt totaled two defensive TDs in a game was a 38-13 victory at Virginia on Sept. 2, 2006. In that game, Darrelle Revis returned a 19-yard interception and Clint Session returned a 78-yard interception for the score.
• PK Conor Lee now has 48 career field goals, a Pitt record. Lee also has 249 career points, which ranks fourth all-time on Pitt’s career scoring list. Third is Andy Hastings, who scored 255 points from 1914-16 and 1919.
• PK Conor Lee extended his career point after touchdown record to 105. He remains perfect for his career. Lee has also now moved into third place in Big East history with 105 consecutive PATs in his career. He surpassed Shayne Graham of Virginia Tech, who tallied 102 from 1997-99. In second is West Virginia’s Pat McAfee with 106 from 2005-07.
• WR Oderick Turner’s 26-yard TD reception in the second quarter was his first of the season.
• RB LeSean McCoy’s 14-yard pass to Nate Byham in the third quarter is his third career pass and his second completion.
• In only his second season at Pitt, McCoy moved into ninth place on Pitt’s all-time career scoring list with 186 points. He is just two points away from Mark Schubert (188 points from 1977-79), who ranks eighth on the list.
• McCoy’s 11-yard TD run in the fourth quarter gives him 16 touchdowns this season and 31 for his career (30 rushing). He is three TDs shy of Larry Fitzgerald’s total of 34 touchdowns set between his freshman and sophomore seasons.
• Pitt’s 8:35 scoring drive in the third quarter, which resulted in a 19-yard field goal, marks Pitt’s longest scoring drive of the year. The drive spanned 16 plays and 63 yards. Pitt’s previous long was an 8:28 drive at Notre Dame last weekend, which resulted in a 1-yard LeSean McCoy touchdown. That drive was 15 plays for 70 yards.
• WR Aundre Wright’s 7-yard touchdown run in the first quarter marked the first of his career.
Louisville Postgame Notes:
• C Eric Wood made his 46th consecutive start at center, while DT Earl Heyman made his 34th straight start. Heyman made his second straight start at defensive end.
• Red-shirt freshman Matt Simms replaced Hunter Cantwell in the second quarter and attempted his first collegiate pass. For the contest, Simms was 4-of-10 for 39 yards and was intercepted once. It was only his second-ever collegiate appearance.
• QB Hunter Cantwell threw a touchdown pass in the third quarter, marking the eighth straight game that he has thrown a touchdown pass.
• WR Trent Guy tied a season high with three receptions for 31 yards.
• The Cardinals held LeSean McCoy, who entered the game averaging 125.5 yards per game, to just 39 yards on 17 carries.
• RB Victor Anderson rushed for 73 yards on 17 carries to give him 913 yards for the season. The 913 yards is the most since Michael Bush ran for 1,143 yards in 2005.
• WR Troy Pascley caught a career-high three passes for 49 yards, including his fourth touchdown reception of the season. He caught two passes for 48 yards last week in a loss to Syracuse.
Pitt held off by No. 25 Virginia Tech, 39-36
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