The Pitt Panthers opened up the game with a gut wrenching loss. On his second carry of the game, star running back Ray Graham went down with a bad knee injury. Graham made a jump cut in the backfield and immediately went down grabbing his knee without any contact. Graham was carted off the field and his return to the game is unlikely.
Despite the loss of Graham, the Panthers were able to move down the football field thanks to quarterback Tino Sunseri getting it done on the ground and in the air. Sunseri hit on an 18-yard pass to Mike Shanahan followed by a 22-yard Sunseri run. Two plays later, Sunseri ran the ball in from 8 yards out to put Pitt up over UConn 7-0.
After a few stalled drives by both teams, the Pitt offense once again got going through Sunseri on a scoring drive sparked by a 15-yard pass to receiver Devin Street. On the very next play, Sunseri hit Shanahan once again in the middle of the field for a 17-yard touchdown pass.