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Pitt vs. Rutgers Postgame Notes




Nov. 24, 2012

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Pitt Postgame Notes

• With today’s 27-6 win, Pitt now leads the all-time series with Rutgers, 22-8. The Panthers have won three of their past four games against the Scarlet Knights.

• With a 21-0 lead at intermission, Pitt shut out an opponent in the first half for the first time this season. The last time Pitt shut out an opponent in the first half was Nov. 12, 2011, when it led Louisville, 7-0, after two quarters en route to a 21-14 victory.

• Pitt held Rutgers to 50 net rushing yards today, the third time this year the Panthers have held an opponent under 100 yards rushing. Previously the Panthers held Virginia Tech (59) and Gardner-Webb (32) under 100 yards.

• The Panthers limited Rutgers to 207 yards in total offense, the second lowest opponent total of the season. Pitt limited Gardner-Webb to 127 yards.

• Pitt took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter when senior Tino Sunseri connected on a 16-yard pass to senior receiver Mike Shanahan. The Panthers are now 5-1 on the year when they score first. The lone defeat was a 45-35 loss to Louisville on Oct. 13.

Tino Sunseri has now thrown 245 consecutive passes without an interception – the longest active streak in the country. (Sunseri was 21 of 39 for 227 yards and two touchdowns in today’s victory).

• Senior running back Ray Graham rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries against Rutgers. It is his fourth 100-yard game of the season and 11th of his career.

Ray Graham now has 948 rushing yards on the season and is 52 away from achieving the first 1,000-yard season of his collegiate career.

Ray Graham now has 3,177 career rushing yards to rank third in school history. He surpassed Craig Heyward (3,086) for third place. Graham needs 16 yards to surpass Curvin Richards (3,192) for second place. Pitt’s all-time leading rusher is Tony Dorsett (6,526).

• With his one-yard TD run in the second quarter today, Ray Graham is now tied for ninth at Pitt in all-time scoring with 204 points. Graham is tied with receiver Larry Fitzgerald for ninth. Both scored 34 TDs during their careers.

• Redshirt freshman cornerback Lafayette Pitts had the first interception of his career today. His INT came at the 12:10 mark of the fourth quarter and he returned it 34 yards.

• Today’s game marked the final home contest for 18 Pitt seniors. They include: WR Joshua Brinson (Homestead, FL/South Dade/El Camino C.C.); OL Zenel Demhasaj (Brooklyn, NY/New Utrecht/Nassau C.C.); TE Hubie Graham (Scranton, PA/West Scranton); RB Ray Graham (Elizabeth, NJ/Elizabeth); DL Shayne Hale (Monroeville, PA/Gateway); PK Kevin Harper (Mentor, OH/Mentor); DB Jarred Holley (Easton, PA/Easton Area); OL Chris Jacobson (Pittsburgh, PA/Keystone Oaks); DB Marco Pecora (Johnstown, PA/Richland); WR Cameron Saddler (Monroeville, PA/Gateway); WR Mike Shanahan (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin); QB Tino Sunseri (Pittsburgh, PA/Central Catholic); DB Andrew Taglianetti (Bridgeville, PA/Central Catholic); LB Joe Trebitz (Boca Raton, FL/West Boca Raton); OL Ryan Turnley (Hopewell, PA/Hopewell); OL Justin Virbitsky (Jermyn, PA/Lakeland); DL Kris Wildman (Champion, OH/Champion) and LB Manny Williams (Clairton, PA/Clairton).

Rutgers Postgame Notes

• No. 18 Rutgers (9-2, 5-1 BIG EAST) lost 27-6 Saturday afternoon at Pittsburgh. With Louisville’s loss to UConn, Rutgers clinched a share of its first BIG EAST Championship despite the loss.

• With a win Thursday vs. Louisville, Rutgers can clinch its first BCS bowl bid.

• The loss was the first for Rutgers since falling to Kent State on Oct. 27. It was the first BIG EAST loss since losing at Connecticut, 40-22, on Nov. 26, 2011.

• Rutgers scored six points in the contest, its lowest point total since Oct. 27, 2007 against No. 6 West Virginia (31-3).

• Sophomore RB Jawan Jamison (Starke, Fla.) became the seventh player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Jamison rushed for 14 yards on nine carries against the Panthers and has 1,004 rushing yards in 2012.

• Senior LB Khaseem Greene (Elizabeth, N.J.) tallied eight tackles against the Panthers, moving him into fifth all-time on Rutgers’ career tackles list with 366.

• Sophomore QB Gary Nova (Elmwood Park. N.J.) tossed his 20th touchdown pass of 2012, tying him with Mike Teel (2007) for second on Rutgers’ single season list.

• Sophomore WR Brandon Coleman (Accokeek, Md.) moved into sole possession of eighth place in RU history with his 15th career touchdown reception. Coleman has 15 scoring grabs in just 24 career games.

• The Scarlet Knights recovered a fumble by Pitt QB Tino Sunseri in second quarter, marking the 14th consecutive game that Rutgers forced a turnover, totaling 32 in that 14-game stretch. RU has forced at least one turnover in 51 of the previous 55 games, dating back to 2008.

• Junior CB Logan Ryan (Berlin, N.J.) recovered the Tino Sunseri fumble in the second quarter, his second fumble recovery of the season and fourth of his career.

• Senior TE Beau Bachety (Babylon, N.Y.) started the first game of his career.

• Junior TE Paul Carrezola (Longhorne, Pa.) totaled three receptions for 24 yards with a long of 19, all career-highs.