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Temple vs. Pitt: Panthers win easily, grab Big East victory

The Panthers whipped the Temple Owls Saturday, 47-17.

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Pitt earns rare blowout victory

The Pittsburgh Panthers used two stellar performances from a pair of seniors -- quarterback Tino Sunseri and running back Ray Graham -- Saturday to help earn a blowout victory, 47-17, over the visiting Temple Owls in a Big East Conference football game at Heinz Field.

The victory, which improved Pitt's overall record to 4-4, was impressive. In fact, it was so impressive that SB Nation's Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill, was able to relish in a win for really the first time this season.

Pitt rarely blows teams out. Sure, there was the monster win over Gardner-Webb this season, but they're an FCS squad. The Panthers have only beaten two FBS teams by 30 points or more in the past five years. In other words, Pitt simply doesn't do this very often.

One of the big keys in the lopsided score was the play of Sunseri, who finished the game with 321 passing yards and three touchdowns. According to the blog, Sunseri deserves a lot of credit for Pitt's recent turnaround and is closing in on his best season as a Panther.

I've heaped a ton of praise on him this year, but he's just deserved it. He's playing out of his mind and clearly having his best season. I've said it before, but here it is again -- last year is looking like the anomaly. His sophomore season wasn't all that bad (especially considering it was his first year as a starter) and this year he's playing unbelievable.

Cardiac Hill's complete recap can be read here.

Next Saturday, Pitt travels to South Bend, Ind. to take on the fifth-ranked and unbeaten Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3:30 p.m. ET on NBC).

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Pitt dominates Temple, 47-17

Pitt running back Ray Graham rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns, as the Pittsburgh Panthers cruised to a 47-17 win over the Temple Owls.

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Pitt leads Temple at half, 31-7

So far, so good for the Pitt Panthers, as they look to notch their first Big East win of the 2012 season. Pitt currently leads the Temple Owls at halftime, 31-7.

Pitt jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Rushel Shell rushed for a one-yard touchdown, putting Pitt up 7-0 before Tino Sunseri completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to J.P. Holtz, extending the lead to 14-0.

Temple responded late in the first quarter with a touchdown of their own, but Pitt kept the scoring going in the second quarter. Kevin Harper's 32-yard field goal early in the quarter gave the Panthers a 17-7 lead.

Ray Graham extended Pitt's lead yet again, to 24-7 late in the half, after rushing for a one-yard touchdown.

Sunseri would hook up with Graham on a four-yard touchdown pass to close out the first half, and give Pitt a 31-7 lead.

Graham has had a strong first half, rushing the ball 12 times for 50 yards and a touchdown, while hauling in four receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Pitt has outgained Temple in total yards, 334-92, and certainly looks to be on its way to notching its first Big East win of the season.

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Can the Panthers get Big East win against Temple?

Looking for their first conference win, Pitt will host Temple at Heinz Field on Saturday.

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