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Saturday, November 20, 2010
Finally, a touchdown in Tampa

By Brian Bennett

Pittsburgh finally has solved the South Florida defense.

The Panthers came out throwing on their first possession of the second half, and Tino Sunseri found Ray Graham on a swing pass for a touchdown and a 10-3 lead. Offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti has gone to more play-action passes to slow down the Bulls' heavy pass rush.

Before then, Pitt couldn't catch a break or stay out of its own way.

On the first possession of the second half, the Panthers nearly had B.J. Daniels sacked inside his own 5. Daniels got rid of the ball, and Dom DeCicco was called for a helmet-to-helmet it. Pitt then blocked a USF punt a few plays later, but as Nate Nix scooped it up he was hit and fumbled. The Bulls pounced on it on their own 10 and regained possession. Dave Wannstedt was hot about it because he didn't think Nix ever had possession, and it was a close play that wasn't reviewed.

But the Panthers need to make their own breaks if they want to win the Big East. Their first drive of the second half was a good sign that they might finally be doing just that.