Pitt flexes muscle, takes control
October, 2, 2009
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
After a very sluggish first half, Pitt came out strong in the third quarter, going back to the downfield passing that had worked so well at times earlier. Bill Stull completed long touchdown passes to Dorin Dickerson and Jonathan Baldwin.
The Panthers are much, much stronger on both lines, but that advantage didn't play out in the first half. In the second half, Pitt is overwhelming Louisville in the trenches. The defensive line, which got penetration but couldn't corral Russell Wilson last week, has bounced back to record five sacks in the first three quarters. The Cardinals' O-line is simply overmatched.
And a nice comeback for Ray Graham. After his costly first-half red zone fumble, he's come out and run hard with some nifty moves in the second half. He and Dion Lewis make quite a one-two punch, and they're both only true freshmen. Graham finished off an impressive, physical drive with a touchdown run to make it 28-10.