Nov. 18, 2000
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Antonio Bryant set two records and caught a touchdown pass in Pittsburgh's 7-0 victory over Temple on Saturday.
Bryant, who had six catches for 81 yards, set Pitt's single-season receiving record with 1,154 yards, surpassing Latef Grim's mark of 1,106 last season. That total also is the most by a Big East player, breaking former Syracuse star Marvin Harrison's record of 1,131 set in 1995.
Bryant did all of the scoring for the Panthers (6-4, 3-3 Big East), catching a 15-yard pass from David Priestly with 27 seconds left in the third quarter. The catch capped a nine-play, 97-yard drive that featured 75 yards passing by Priestly.
The shutout was Pitt's second of the season and its first of a Big East opponent in 10 years of conference play. The Pittsburgh defense held the Owls to just 22 yards rushing.
Priestly, who replaced starter John Turman in the second quarter, was 13-of-20 for 154 yards. Turman had struggled, going 5-of-9 for 64 yards with an interception. Kevin Barlow had 28 carries for 96 yards, all but 13 coming in the fourth quarter.
Pittsburgh kept its hopes of going to a bowl game for the first time since 1997 alive with the win.
The Owls (4-7, 1-6), who were shut out for the first time this season, stayed in the air for much of the game, with Devin Scott completing 17 of 28 for 170 yards. Scott was hurt on a late hit in the fourth quarter and left the game.
Tanardo Sharps carried the ball 11 times for 35 yards and was one of only two rushers with positive yardage for Temple, which lost four in a row and six of its last seven to end the season.
Both teams wasted scoring opportunities in the first half. On the first drive, Temple took the ball to the Pitt 20 but a fake field goal failed to get a first down.
The Panthers had the ball deep in Temple territory in the second quarter, getting to the seven but Turman's pass was intercepted by Terrence Leftwich in the end zone. They had another opportunity that quarter but Priestly fumbled at the Temple 42.
Pitt held off by No. 25 Virginia Tech, 39-36
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