Dec. 3, 2011
Today's honorary Pitt captain is Al Romano, a standout nose tackle for the Panthers from 1973-76. Romano anchored an outstanding defense that helped Pitt to an undefeated season and the 1976 national title. He was a first-team All-American as a senior and went on to play in the Hula Bowl and Japan Bowl all-star games.
RB Isaac Bennett recorded his first career start against the Orange.
LB Tristan Roberts recovered a Syracuse fumble on the opening kickoff. He recovered another fumble late in the third quarter for his third career fumble recovery and second this season.
DL Brandon Lindsey grabbed his first career interception in Syracuse's first drive of the game, which resulted in a Pitt field goal.
TE Anthony Gonzalez's 17-yard rushing TD in the Wildcat formation gave him his first career TD.
LB Todd Thomas' first quarter sack is his second of the season (0.5 sack vs. Connecticut).
Thomas' sack gives Pitt at least one sack in each of the last 24 games. The last time Pitt failed to record a sack was against Utah on Sept. 2, 2010.
Syracuse is only the second team during the 2011 season to score a touchdown on Pitt in the first quarter. The other was USF on Sept. 29.
RB Corey Davis recorded a career-high in receiving. The only other game in which he has recorded a reception was a one-catch for six yards night at West Virginia.
PK Kevin Harper made four field goals on the day including 37, 36, 36 and 47 yards. Previously he had made three field goals against USF and Cincinnati.
DL Brandon Lindsey caused two Syracuse turnovers in the second half with two forced fumbles - his first two of the season.
DB Buddy Jackson recovered the fumble caused by Lindsey, which is also his first of the season.
LB Todd Thomas forced a Syracuse fumble late in the third quarter, which is his first of his career.
DB Andrew Taglianetti intercepted a Syracuse pass late in the fourth quarter. It marked his first career interception.
Pitt forced six turnovers (2 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries) on the day, which is a season-high for the Panthers. The six turnovers are Pitt's most since they recorded six against Ohio on Aug. 31, 2002 (5 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery). Pitt won 27-14.
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