The Panthers opened up conference play with a strong showing against a game Cincy team prevailing on a chip shot FG at the gun 31-28, moving to 2-1 (1-0). Pitt bounced back from a heartbreaking loss to a talented Cal team last week by continuing to control the clock and put points on the board when it counted most. This win came with a heavy cost as Junior HB Derrick Burns will be out 7 weeks with a hip injury. He will be sorely missed in the platooning backfield but the Panthers are deep at that position and should get solid contribution from other young speedsters. The story of this game was Junior QB Myers though. Throwing for 350+ yards on 16 of 19, the kid known more for his accuracy than arm strength, was winging the ball all over the field. His favorite target was Freshman WR Chad Byers who showed the coaching staff that he is ready for primetime with 5 catches for 147 yards and a TD. None of this would be possible without the ROCK of an Oline that we are building here at Pitt.. the kids are growing together and are going to be a nightmare for opposing defenses as they mature together. They did not allow a sack today and open holes again for a relentless Pitt ground attack. The defense held it's own and bowed up against the spread running attack, forcing Cincy into a one dimensional look other than some successful QB scrambles. We struggled against a very well coached spread passing attack, but we had a big INT in the endzone and a few other keep stops when it counted. GG FNG... going to be tough until you get more speed in the lineup.