Saturday, October 15, 2011
Final: Utah 26, Pitt 14
By Andrea Adelson
The Pitt offense hit a new low in a 26-14 loss to Utah. The Panthers were held without an offensive score, and had season lows in first downs (12), total yards (120), passing yards (50) and carries for Ray Graham (12).
Coach Todd Graham turned to freshman backup Trey Anderson, but he was not much better than Tino Sunseri. Anderson was 5-of-19 for 12 yards, with two interceptions. One was returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the loss. Sunseri was 4-of-11 for 38 yards.
Graham is the best player Pitt has, so many wondered why the Panthers gave him the ball just 12 times for 46 yards. Now you have to wonder what coach Graham is going to do at quarterback, with two players who clearly cannot manage the high-octane offense he promised when he arrived in Pittsburgh.
Will he keep going with Sunseri, who continues to struggle? Or does he go with the true freshman who has had his own struggles? The offensive line remains a wreck. Without the threat to pass, defenses are going to continue to double down on Graham.
Pitt is now 3-4 after being picked to finish No. 2 in the Big East preseason poll. After two straight miserable performances on offense, you can legitimately wonder whether the Panthers will even make a bowl game.