4th Quarter Collapse Sinks Pitt Against Iowa

IOWA CITY (KDKA/AP) – The Pittsburgh Panthers appeared poised to begin the season 3-0, but an implosion in the fourth quarter resulted in defeat.

Up 27-10 with just over 12 minutes to play, the win seemed in the bag for the Panthers (2-1). However, 17 unanswered points gave Iowa (2-1) a 31-27 win.

The comeback was the largest in Iowa’s history. James Vandenberg threw for 399 yards – including 162 in the fourth quarter. He completed the Hawkeyes’ rally with a 22-yard TD pass to Kevonte Martin-Manley with 2:51 left.

Pitt had one final gasp, but Tino Sunseri was picked off by Micah Hyde with 1:41 left to seal the win for the Hawkeyes.

Sunseri completed 23 of his 33 passes for 255 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Panthers jumped out to a 10-0 lead after the first quarter, and held a 10-3 edge at halftime.

In the third quarter, Ronald Jones hooked up with Cameron Saddler for a 30-yard touchdown strike to extend the lead to 17-3. Minutes later, Sunseri found Drew Carswell for a 4-yard touchdown to put Pitt ahead 24-3.

After finding the end zone three times in each of Pitt’s first two games, Ray Graham did not find paydirt on Saturday. He still managed to rush for 97 yards and haul in six passes for another 50 yards.

Devin Street led the way for Pitt receivers with seven catches for 138 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

The Panthers will return to Heinz Field for a matchup with Notre Dame at noon on Sept. 24.


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  • Tom

    somebody should have dropped Steve Pederson off at Nebraska after the panthers visited Iowa today.

  • Dan

    Love how all the media hype about new coach whats-his-face is bringing in some high power offense. Barely beat a nobody team and lost to Iowa. Looks like Pitt is back to being sh!t.

  • RedRock200

    High school coach, high school quarterback, high school uniforms. Pitt football has been garbage since 48-14, with no end in sight!!

    • JoeIsDumb

      4814? Is that the age of Joe Paterno? Pitt can kick PEE S YOU (PSU) in basketball with it’s eyes closed. They’re really not far apart in football either. 14 to 10 over Temple? You’ve got to be kidding.

      • Thremos

        Mr. Joelsdumb,
        No it is not his age however a once great coach (partly because he owned many people in the NCAA) Mr.Paterno should put a fork in it cause he is done. He is hurting the team but it is really about Joe and not the team. Lets face it people Joe never was a nice guy and is a dictator and control freak of all he can be. Just ask that poor girl he tusseled with in traffic 2 or 3 yrs. ago. Bad role model right? As far as Pitt basketball you are better than I to cheer for them because they always as long as I remember have choked like a horse when they needed to win.Please do not bring up PSU it makes me want to throw ip my dinner

  • Jocko

    High Octane? When you have a 3 score lead and one of the best running backs in the league, why throw the ball? Todd Graham will be back coaching high school before Pitt goes to the ACC…Pederson is a dolt


    I have been a Pitt fan since the early 70s. It was good for a long time. Could we bury the 48-14 loss to PSU. Lets face it Joe was a good coach at one time as hard as that is for me to say. I depise a Pitt team who can not ever put away their opponent!!
    It has been that way for as long as I can remember. That is why after yrs of frustration after the loss in the in the NCAA tourney iI have flushed Pitt basketball forever. It will be hard but I will root for any one over Pitt unless they play PSU. Then I will hope for a tie. As far as Graham following the footsteps of many at Pitt who could not ever get it done when they needed to then let the chips fall where they may. I am sorry but Wanny had to go, I love the Panthers more than the Steelers but sometimes I get the “Popeye Syndrome” with Pitt sports. The Popeye syndrome is THATS ALL I CAN STANDS CAUSE I CAN’T STANDS NO MORE. I WOULD LOVE TO HERE FROM SOMEONE!!!!!!!

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