Saturday, October 30, 2010
Field-goal battle at halftime at Heinz Field
By Brian Bennett
Louisville and Pittsburgh came into today's game averaging more than 30 points each.
But you wouldn't guess it by the first half, as Pitt went into intermission holding just a 6-3 lead in a battle of field goals. The Cardinals have to be thrilled with their defensive effort, and though they haven't scored since the opening drive, their main goal coming in was just to keep this one close and give themselves a chance to win on the road. So far, so good.
Pitt came in extremely worried about Louisville's running game, and though Bilal Powell is on pace for slightly more than 100 yards, the Cardinals have been balanced. Adam Froman has completed 10 of his 14 passes, but for only 59 yards. Doug Beaumont has six of those catches. Big plays have been hard to come by for either team.
Dan Hutchins badly missed a field goal near the end of the half for the Panthers, and the way things are going, points could be at a premium. Pitt exploded in the second half last week against Rutgers, but can it happen again against a Louisville team playing smart, disciplined defense?
Pitt is also going to be without fullback Henry Hynoski, who's been diagnosed with a mild concussion. Hynoski is a key part of the running game and the passing game for the Panthers.