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Pitt Drops to 0-1 After a Heartbreaker

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  1. selahsdaddy

    selahsdaddy Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009

    PittLoses Season Opener in Double OT

    On a rainy night in Arkansas when one may think the offenses may struggle, the complete opposite happened. Pittsburgh and Arkansas combined for 44 first downs, 16-30conversion rate on 3rd downs, 1082 yards of total offense(including 945 through the air), 83 points and zero turnovers.

    Following the game Pitt coach selahsdaddy was just shaking his head. “If you would have told me before the game that Tino was going to throw for over 500 yard withno picks and 5 touchdowns, I would have asked you where our celebration party was being held at.”

    Pitt led after one quarter 10-0 led by a Sunseri TD pass and a Harper 37 yard field goal and upset talks were in the works. Arkansas had other ideas as the second quarter began however as they answered back with two Tyler Wilson touchdown passes of his own to take the 14-10 lead midway through the 2nd.The Panthers however showed some resolve by coming right back with a 65 yard bomb from Tino Sunseri to Mike Shanahan with 1:33 left in thefirst half and the score held at 21-17 Pitt heading into the locker room.

    The third quarter was largely uneventful as the two clubs traded touchdowns once more and the score through three was Pitt 24, Arkansas 21 setting up for the exciting fourth quarter.

    Less than a minute into the last stanza Sunseri once more connected with Shanahan to put the Panthers on top 31-21 and definitely make the packed house in Arkansas a little shaky. Arkansas' next drive saw them methodically move down the field and after 3 consecutive third down conversions, Pitt's defense finally held and the Razorbacks settled for a 24 yard field goal to cut the defecit to 7.
    As the Panthers collected themselves and took over on the ensuing drive, they had two thoughts in mind.
    “We wanted to grind out some first downs and run the clock down,” selahsdaddy stated. “Unfortunately when you've been unsuccessful running the ball all night, it's difficult to just begin when you decide to begin.”

    Begin the Panthers did not. After two 1 yard runs and an incomplete pass, Pitt was forced to punt the ball back and Arkansas promptly drove down the field and tied the game up at 31 with 1:27 left on the clock. Pittsburgh did not give up however and following a long pass from Sunseri to Ronald Jones(ended up with 12 catches for 215 yards and 2 TDS) were able to calla time out with 3 seconds left on the clock and bring out the field goal unit for a potential game winning 34 yarder. Arkansas then called a time out right before the snap and “iced” the kicker. The Razorbacks prayers were answered as the ball banged off the left upright and the crowd went crazy as Arkansas was rejuvenated.

    Pitt received the ball first in the first OT and scored on the second play with a touchdown strike to Salath Williams to go on top 38-31. Unfortunately, the Panther defense could not hold Arkansas on their two consecutive possessions from the endzone and found themselves staring at a 45-38 deficit while being 25 yards from paydirt. Following a fourth down conversion, Pitt finally found themselves with a fourth and one from the seven. Ironically after all of his catches and yards, freshman Ronald Jones dropped his last opportunity on a wide open whip route and the Panthers hopes were dashed after being alive all night.

    Selahsdaddy summed it up best bysaying, “We're extremely proud of our guys. We need to shore up our defensive philosophies and get more tough up front, but we are still proud. We need to take things from this loss and grow as a football team.”

    Things don't get easier for the Panthers as their road warrior mentality must continue. The next two weeks Pitt travels to Cincinnati and then to Iowa before coming home to host the Cavs of Virginia.

    “We have no where to go but up,”selahsdaddy continued....”No way will we be hanging our heads.”
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2012
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  2. sreese

    sreese Walk On

    Mar 14, 2010
    Really good write up. Enjoyed it!!!

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