Saturday, December 3, 2011
Halftime: Pitt 20, Syracuse 10
By Andrea Adelson
In the battle for bowl eligibility, Pitt has a 20-10 lead on Syracuse going into halftime thanks to several Orange mistakes.
Syracuse turned the ball over twice in the first 2:25 of the game, leading directly to 10 points for Pitt. The first half has been all about mistakes for the Orange, who have nine penalties for 90 yards. One of them -- a personal foul on Ri'Shard Anderson -- helped Pitt score its lone touchdown on a prolonged offensive drive, when Anthony Gonzalez scored on a 17-yard run out of the Wildcat.
The Orange have been able to move the ball, but their drives stall. They had one first-and-goal at the 9 but settled for a 22-yard field goal from Ross Krautman.
Pitt has not exactly looked crisp on offense, either. Running back Zach Brown and receiver Ronald Jones are both out. Tino Sunseri has taken several sacks as well, including one in the red zone that forced the Panthers to settle for a 36-yard field goal from Kevin Harper.
The winner of this game becomes bowl eligible. Syracuse has lost four straight. Running back Antwon Bailey has 30 yards in the first half, getting him to over 1,000 yards on the season.