Friday, November 25, 2011
Pitt dominating West Virginia early
By Andrea Adelson
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Pitt has dominated West Virginia up front, and that is a big reason why the Panthers are up 14-0 after the first quarter.
Special mistakes haven't helped West Virginia, either. Jorge Wright was called for a personal foul on a missed 38-yard field goal by Kevin Harper, giving the Panthers new life. They ended up scoring their first touchdown on that drive, after successfully converting a fourth down.
Pitt scored its second touchdown after a Michael Molinari punt traveled 22 yards and gave the Panthers the ball at their own 48. Still, the Panthers have pushed West Virginia around on both lines, opening up running lanes for the offense and harassing Geno Smith on defense.
Both Pittsburgh touchdowns have come on the ground. Pitt has 62 yards rushing in the early going. The success on the ground has enabled the play-action to work well, and Pitt already has 123 total yards. West Virginia has failed to convert on third down (0-for-4). Aaron Donald notched his 10th sack of the season, and the Panthers have several other hurries and tackles for loss.
West Virginia is generally a slow-starting team, so we shall see how the Mountaineers respond.