Saturday, October 9, 2010
Offenses crisp early in South Bend
By Brian Bennett
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- We're probably not headed for 45-44 game like the last time Brian Kelly and Dave Wannstedt met, but both Pitt and Notre Dame are moving the ball well early in this game.
The best news for Pittsburgh is that Tino Sunseri is putting together his best game of the season thus far. He started 8 for 8 and his first incompletion was wisely thrown out of bounds as Jon Baldwin was well covered. Speaking of Baldwin, he and Sunseri have formed a connection finally, including a 32-yard hookup over the middle. That kind of play has been sorely lacking ths year.
Ray Graham also came in and gave an immediate spark late in the first quarter, which ended with Notre Dame leading 7-3 but Pitt at the 10-yard line. Graham needs to play more than Dion Lewis today.
The Irish, after a opening three-and-out, marched down the field on an impressive drive for the game's lone touchdown. Armando Allen and the offensive line moved the pile on the ground, and Dayne Crist exploited the Pitt defense for quick, short throws, including a touchdown to Michael Floyd.
Neither defense is distinguishing itself yet, but both offenses are playing at a fast pace and with confidence.