Utah Vs. Pitt: Utah Drops Panthers 26-14

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Utah Vs. Pitt: Panthers Die Slow Death In Homecoming Debacle

Pitt's special teams only positive in a lackluster homecoming effort.

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Utah Vs. Pitt: Where Was Ray Graham?

After the Pittsburgh Panthers fell to the Utah Utes 26-14, it left many wondering what Pitt was doing on offense? Pitt's star running back Ray Graham had only 12 carries in a game that Pitt led by double digits for most of the first half. Meanwhile, Pitt chose to throw the ball a total of 30 times between Tino Sunseri and freshman Trey Anderson, with awful results.

Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review overheard an ESPN anchor talking about the game and play calling and relayed the message via his Twitter account.

#ESPN anchor just said: "I almost feel the need to apologize to our viewers for what they witnessed the past three hours, 19 minutes." #Pitt

Mark Madden of WXDX-FM in Pittsburgh argued on Twitter that head coach Todd Graham was showcasing his own offensive philosophy rather than doing what was best for the team.

TGraham is in this 4 himself. Showcasing "genius" 2potential employers, not try to W. Any coach can run the ball. #hioctane

Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette questions Pitt's offensive play calling.

Third-and-2 - freshman QB and one of the best RB's in the nation in the backfield -- who do you think got the ball?

Seth Rorabaugh on his Twitter account @emptynetters relays a quote from the Pitt play-by-play man:

Play-by-play guy for Pitt game on Panthers' offense. "I might as well have this on tape. I can hit the button, 'Three and out.'"

It was an ugly game that will have the chattering class continuing to question Todd Graham's decision-making.

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Utah Vs. Pitt Final Score: Pitt Falls 26-14, Offense Struggles

In a game that featured multiple changes of quarterback for the Pitt Panthers, Pitt fall to the Utah Utes 26-14. The Panthers jumped out to an early 14-3 lead after scoring on 98-yard kick return for a touchdown and blocking a Utah punt for a touchdown in the first quarter. After that, Pitt struggled to move the football at all. Tino Sunseri and Trey Anderson ended the day a combined nine of 29  for 40 yards and two interceptions, including a pick-six by Anderson late in the fourth quarter that essentially sealed the game.

Utah, on the other hand, just played sound defense and didn't panic at their early special teams blunders that put them in a hold. Utah pounded the football and rode running back John White IV to the tune of 174 rushing yards on 35 carries. Quarterback Jon Hayes wasn't asked to do much, ending the day with 127 passing yards and a touchdown. Utah's kicker Coleman Peterson was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals to help the Utes chip away at the early Pitt lead.

For more on the Pitt Panthers, visit SB Nation's Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill.

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Utah Vs. Pitt: Utah Begins To Pull Away, Lead Pitt 19-14

After both Utah and Pittsburgh's offense spun their wheels for most of the third quarter and start of the fourth quarter, the Utes finally put some more points on the board to add to their lead. Mostly on the legs of running back John White IV, who rushed for 33 of the 36 yards on the drive, Utah got in position to kick a field goal to add three points to their lead, which now sits at 19-14.

Pittsburgh has got to find something to do on offense, as benching Tino Sunseri for freshman Trey Anderson didn't help their offense at all. Both quarterbacks are four of 10 passing the football with minimal yardage. Outside of two special teams touchdowns, Pitt hasn't been able to move the ball or put up any points. They'll need to score a touchdown somehow, or else Utah will continue to run the clock.

For more on the Pitt Panthers, visit SB Nation's Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill.

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Utah Vs. Pitt: Tino Sunseri Comes Back In, Pitt Offense Still Stalls

The switch from quarterback Tino Sunseri to freshman quarterback Trey Anderson didn't seem to help Pitt's offense, as the Panthers punted after just four plays on their opening drive of the second half. Utah and Pitt decided to trade 3-and-out drives and punts as both offenses stalled out.

On Utah's next drive, despite a 26-yard pass from quarterback Jon Hays to Dres Anderson, Utah shot themselves in the foot with a 9-yard sack and some penalties and the drive stalled, forcing Utah to punt the ball back to Pitt. Pitt promptly went 3-and-out, ending their drive on a 10-yard sack of quarterback Trey Anderson. Pitt realized they weren't moving the football with Anderson so Tino Sunseri was put back into the game, but on his first drive it ended with Sunseri getting sacked on third down for a loss of 6 yards.

For more on the Pitt Panthers, visit SB Nation's Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill.

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Utah Vs. Pitt Score Update: Utah Takes The Lead 16-14

After cutting the lead to just one point to enter half time, Utah came out of the second half pounding the ball. On the second play of the half, running back John White IV took the ball 37 yards into Pitt territory. A few plays later, quarterback Jon Hayes hit receiver Dres Anderson on a 13-yard pass to the Pitt 18 to get the Utes in the red zone. After a sack on third down, however, Utah had to settle for a field goal to take the lead 16-14.

Pitt will need to answer on offense, which will now be lead by freshman Trey Anderson, as Tino Sunseri was benched prior to half time after taking two consecutive sacks for another Pitt 3-and-out. Before he was benched, Sunseri had completed just four of his 10 passes for 38 yards. Sunseri also had -7 yards rushing.

For more on the Pitt Panthers, visit SB Nation's Pitt blog Cardiac Hill.

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Utah Vs. Pitt Score Update: Utah Cuts Lead to 14-13

After marching down the field on a 14-play, 71-yard drive that milked over seven minutes off the clock and resulted in a field goal to cut the lead to 14-6, the Utes kicked the ball off to the Pitt Panthers. Pitt promptly moved the ball nowhere as quarterback Tino Sunseri was sacked twice on consecutive plays to put Pitt in 4th and 24 on their own six-yard line.

When Pitt dropped back to punt, punter Matt Yoklic shanked it out of bounds for only 27 yards, setting Utah up at the Pitt 33-yard line. On the very next play, Utah answered with a touchdown. Quarterback Jon Hayes hit Luke Matthews for 33 yards and a touchdown to put the Utes down by only one point now, 14-13.

Pitt has squandered a quick 14-3 lead in the first half after scoring 14 on special teams.

For more on the Pitt Panthers, visit SB Nation's Pitt blog Cardiac Hill.

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Utah Vs. Pitt Score Update: Utah Cuts Lead 14-6

After the Pittsburgh Panthers went up 14-3 on two quick special teams touchdowns, the Utah Utes and Pitt began to trade 3-and-outs and punts. The punts continued into the second quarter until Utah began to move down the football field on the legs of running backs John White IV and Harvey Langi. Aided by a face mask penalty on the drive that pushed Utah into Michigan territory.

On the very next play, Pitt was flagged for a roughing the passer penalty, handing the Utes another 15 yards. Thanks to a free 30 yards of offense from Pitt penalties, the Utes were able to get in field goal range and knock out some of the Pitt lead, 14-6. Utah is still in the game, as Pitt's offense has been woefully ineffective outside of their scores on special teams. Pitt will get one more drive before the half.

For more on the Pitt Panthers, visit SB Nation's Pitt blog Cardiac Hill.

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Utah Vs. Pitt Score Update: Pitt Blocks A Punt, Takes 14-3 Lead

On Pittsburgh first drive of the game, they wound up having to punt with quarterback Tino Sunseri and where no where. Their defense allowed Utah to move down the field and kick a field goal to go up 3-0. On the next play, however, the Panthers returned the kickoff 98 yards for a quick touchdown and a 7-3 lead.

On the Utes' very next drive, the Panthers' defense held up and forced a three-and-out after a sack on third and long by Aaron Donald and Chas Alecxih. Utah lined up to punt and Pitt blocked the punt and returned it for a touchdown. Just like that, the Panthers are up 14-3 scoring twice on special teams. I don't know the stat for a team's win/loss record when scoring twice on special teams, but I would tend to think the likelihood of a victory is very high.

For more on the Pitt Panthers, visit SB Nation's Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill.

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Utah Vs. Pitt Score Update: Pitt Takes Early 7-3 Lead

The Pittsburgh Panthers got the football first and milked a good five minutes off the clock, but ultimately had to punt with quarterback Tino Sunseri after driving 43 yards in 10 plays. Once the Utah Utes got the football from Pitt, however, they were able to march down the field on the legs of running back John White IV.

White had runs of 11 and 21 yards to help move the football for the Utes, as well as a big rouging the passer penalty on Pitt's Max Gruder after an 11-yard completion from Utes quarterback Jon Hays to Dres Anderson. Those few plays were enough to set Utah up on the red zone for a 23-yard field goal allowing Utah to take an early 3-0 lead.

Fortunately for the Panthers, on the ensuing kickoff Buddy Jackson returned the ball 98 yards for a touchdown, giving Pitt a 7-3 lead in the first quarter.

For more on the Pitt Panthers, visit SB Nation's Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill.

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