Pitt defense needs to regroup at halftime

September, 2, 2010
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If I just told you that Pitt trailed 14-7 at halftime at Utah, you'd probably say there's nothing wrong with that.

If you saw how it happened, you'd say Pitt was in trouble.

The Panthers took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter and looked pretty good. But the rest of the half was all Utah. The Utes exploited Pitt's main concerns on defense: pass coverage by the linebackers and two new starting cornerbacks.

Quarterback Jordan Wynn was 15-of-19 at one point, and Utes receivers were running wide open over the middle and down the field against busted coverages. Utah should have gone up 21-7, but Wynn threw an interception in the end zone to Jarred Holley.

Pitt is winning the turnover battle 3-1 but still trails. That's not normal for Dave Wannstedt's team.

Tino Sunseri is just 6-for-10 for 43 yards. The offensive line has shown some holes up the middle as feared. Jon Baldwin has only two catches for eight yards. Dion Lewis has run for 55 yards, but he had 18 yards on his first carry. Since then, he's run 12 times for a pedestrian 37 yards. Greg Romeus has been neutralized by the Utes offensive line, which is giving Wynn all sorts of time.

So, yeah, it's only a seven-point deficit. But unless Pitt makes some major halftime adjustments, particularly on defense, it could be an insurmountable lead for Utah.

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