Pitt employing 'Wildcat' offense to alleviate QB woes

Updated: September 19, 2007, 11:39 AM ET
By Joe Starkey | Special to ESPN.com
Pitt's offensive coaches visited Arkansas in May to learn the "Wildcat" offense, which features Razorbacks tailback Darren McFadden taking direct snaps and directing a spread-option package of plays.

Panthers coach Dave Wannstedt figured the package might come in handy, given his team's inexperience at quarterback -- and that was before starter Bill Stull was lost to a thumb injury.

On Saturday against Michigan State, Pitt unleashed the "Wildcat" on about a dozen snaps in the second half, mostly with success. Freshman tailback LeSean McCoy played the role of McFadden. MSU defenders admitted they were caught off-guard.