By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Pitt won Wednesday night, but at the same time it lost.

The Big East’s leading rusher and one of the nation’s premiere running backs, Ray Graham went down with a right knee injury in the first quarter of Wednesday night’s 35-20 Pitt victory. After breaking a 22-yard run on his first carry, Graham ran up the middle for a short gain and never got up.

He was seen rolling around on the Heinz Field turf in obvious pain, grabbing at his right knee. Graham eventually left the field, unable to put any weight on his right leg.

Graham was examined on the sideline and later carted from the sideline to the locker room for further evaluation. Graham finished the game watching from the sideline with crutches.

He is expected to have an MRI today to determine the severity of the injury, but initial speculation isn’t good. Graham could be done for the season.

“Ray going down was a big blow for us, and I don’t know anything other than he couldn’t come back the rest of the game,” he said. “We will wait and see. Just hoping and praying he will be OK.

“He was in good spirits (on the sideline). We will know more in the days to come.”

If Graham is done for the season, he’ll be the third Pitt player in four days lost for the season to injury. On Monday it was announced that cornerback Jason Hendricks is done for the year with a shoulder injury, and on Tuesday wide receiver Salath Williams fell for the year with a shoulder injury as well.

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