Saturday, October 15, 2011
Halftime: Pitt 14, Utah 13
By Andrea Adelson
Utah ended the first half with 10 unanswered points to close the gap to 14-13 against Pitt at the break. Here are a few observations.
- The Panthers continue to be dreadful on offense. Their two scores have come from special teams -- Buddy Jackson had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Antwuan Reed returned a blocked punt for six. Tino Sunseri is struggling once again, going 4-of-10 for 38 yards. He has been sacked three times. Trey Anderson came on for the final drive of the first half, but the results were no better. Pitt has eight first downs and 84 yards of total offense.
- Ray Graham -- the best player on offense -- has seven carries in the first half. SEVEN. Pitt should try to get him the ball just a bit more. He had a nice 21-yard run near the end of the half that proved that theory.
- Utah has held the ball for 18 minutes, and gone on two drives of 12-plus plays. The final touchdown was a bit fluky, as Jon Hays was being sacked by Max Gruder, but somehow got rid of the ball and Luke Matthews caught it off a deflection for a 33-yard score.