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Friday, November 26, 2010
Tino Sunseri bounces back

By Brian Bennett

PITTSBURGH -- Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri made a nice comeback after his costly first interception and a poorly thrown ball to Jon Baldwin.

Sunseri scrambled for 18 yards on a key third down and later hit Devin Street in the back of the end zone to tie the score at 7. I wasn't sure there would be two touchdowns in this game, much less in the first quarter alone.

But West Virginia's defense looks a little more vulnerable today. The Mountaineers had held their past two opponents to 2-for-25 on third downs; Pitt has four third-down conversions already and is slowing down the pass rush with nice play-action calls, a few quick screens and rolling out Sunseri.

The sophomore quarterback's interception on the first drive set up West Virginia's touchdown. On the second drive, he overthrew a wide open Baldwin, who had streaked free behind Brandon Hogan for a sure touchdown. But Sunseri is showing the moxie and competitiveness that the coaches have always seen in him, and he's helped Pitt get some momentum going in this game.