Pitt Pulls Off Upset, Beats No. 16 South Florida, 44-17

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – The Pitt Panthers dismantled the No. 16-ranked South Florida Bulls, 44-17 in front of a national audience Thursday night.

Pittsburgh’s new offense under Todd Graham apparently started to click.

Ray Graham rushed for 226 yards – including two touchdowns – on 26 carries; Tino Sunseri threw for 216 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions.

Graham’s 13-yard touchdown gave Pitt (3-2, 1-0 Big East) the lead for good late in the first half and his 8-yard sprint up the middle early in the fourth quarter sealed it as the Panthers broke a five-game losing streak against ranked opponents.

Pitt kept USF’s BJ Daniels under wraps all night. One of the nation’s top duel-threat quarterbacks couldn’t get it going with his arm or legs.

Daniels ran for 43 yards — almost all of it coming on a last-gasp drive – and completed 18 of 36 passes for 223 mostly ineffective yards.

The Panthers avoided a second-half meltdown for a third straight week and instead poured it on against the sloppy, inconsistent Bulls (4-1, 0-1).

  • Captain Obvious

    Congratulations Coach Graham for figuring out what everybody else already knew: RUN THE BALL WITH RAY GRAHAM! DUHHH!

  • Captain Morgan

    Congratulations to RAY Graham for piling up 226 yds despite the overdone gadget play offense affectionately known as ‘high octane offense”. This junk will not work long against bad teams and not at all against good teams.

    i want to be the first to say this after a Pitt WIN… Todd Graham was a bad hire. Keep looking.

  • matt

    really captain morgan?! dave was the coach for like for four years. there for the program was changed for him. todd graham is not a bad hire. He is doing all he can with dave’s team. in todd graham’s system the offense is anchored with a good qb. titio is not even close to that. give him time. with pitt in the acc they will start to pull out of this funk.

  • NIEVE high octane sucks

    Pretty interesting comment matt.! You think PITT who is a third or fourth tier national team is going to pull out of this funk when they join the ACC. The ACC is better than the BIG LEAST by head and shoulders so when a bad team goes to a better conference that means they will do better????????? PITT cant win the big east and they will never win the ACC. MY long distance projection the first ACC game that PITT plays FLORIDA STATE, the final score Fla ST, 55- Pitt 10. HIGH OCTANE IS A FRAUD AND ANYONE WHO BOUGHT INTO THIS IS VERY NIEVE. IF TODD GRAHAM WAS SUCH A GREAT COACH DON’T YOU THINK HE WOULD HAVE BEEN LOOKED AT FOR OTHER AVAILABLE JOB OPENINGS???? Lets be realistic he was at Tulsa and noone else was going to hire him.!!!!

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