Pitt Vs. Louisville: Panthers Drop Louisville 21-14

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2011 Bowl Projections: Penn State Still Currently Slotted For Outback Bowl

The Penn State Nittany Lions traveled to Columbus Saturday to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes, and left with a hard fought 20-14 victory over their Big Ten rivals. The victory set up a winner-take-all clash with the Wisconsin Badgers next week for the Big Ten's Leaders Division title, and with it a berth in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game. Despite the victory, current SB Nation bowl projections still place the Nittany Lions in the Outback Bowl on January 2, 2012.

Neither Pittsburgh nor West Virginia played Saturday. The Mountaineers are slotted to play in the Belk Bowl against Georgia Tech of the ACC, but the Panthers, still a win shy of bowl eligibility, no longer appear in the bowl projections. Pittsburgh will need to defeat either West Virginia or Syracuse in their final two games to become eligible for postseason play.

Here are current bowl projections for Penn State and West Virginia:

Belk Bowl, December 27, 2011

West Virginia vs. Georgia Tech

Outback Bowl, January 2, 2012

Penn State vs. Georgia

For more 2011 bowl projections, check out SB Nation's college football hub. For a complete bowl schedule, click here. For more on the Mountaineers, be sure to visit The Smoking Musket. For all your Penn State news and notes, pop over to Black Shoe Diaries. Pittsburgh fans should check out Cardiac Hill.

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Pitt Vs. Louisville: Panthers Holds Onto Bowl Hopes With First Road Win Of Season

Pitt’s defense was the story today, helping the team to the win and making their hopes for a bowl game a bit brighter.

Pitt needs to win at least one more of its remaining two games against West Virginia and Syracuse to become bowl eligible and need to win both to be guaranteed a spot in a postseason bowl game.

Another thing that came out of today is that the team’s slim hopes for a BCS bowl appearance remained alive. Pitt is tied in second place with a slew of two-loss teams in the Big East. Previously undefeated Cincinnati lost to West Virginia on Saturday and are now only one game ahead of the pack. For the Panthers to have a chance, they need the Bearcats to lose again, which would create a large group of teams with two losses and lead to some strange tiebreaker, I’m sure.

Quarterback Tino Sunseri continued to play well enough for the team to have a chance to win. He completed 16 of 22 passes for 196 yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions. No one’s going to mistake him for Dan Marino or even Bill Stull, but with the season hanging in the balance, his effort today was a good one.

But back to the defense – the final score wasn’t as indicative of their effort as it should have been. Louisville’s first touchdown came after an incredibly bad seven-yard punt by Matt Yoklic (no, that’s not a typo – Seven. Yards.) leading to them getting the ball around the ten-yard line. The other touchdown came late with about 15 seconds left when Pitt had all but wrapped up the game.

The defense had a great game plan, harassing Teddy Bridgewater into an interception, sacking him three times, and maybe most importantly, getting off the field. They held Louisville to 3-11 on third down conversions and that was a big part of the win today.

Pitt now gets next weekend off and will square off in the Backyard Brawl against West Virginia on the following Friday. Extra days off couldn’t come at a better time as Pitt will need plenty of time to figure out a way to try to slow down the Mountaineers’ offense.

For more on the Louisville game and Pitt football, check out SB Nation Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill.

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Pittsburgh Vs. Louisville Final: Panthers Hold On, Win 21-14

Despite a late surge by the Louisville Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Panthers held on to win 21-14 and improve their record to 5-5 overall. The Pitt defense held the Cardinals offense in for much of the game. Louisville scored a late touchdown in the fourth quarter, but limited the team to just 280 yards of offense.

Meanwhile, the Panthers offense rolled right along behind quarterback Tino Sunseri who threw for 196 yards a touchdown and another touchdown on the ground. As a team, the Panthers ran the ball for 200 yards and controlled the clock. Wide receiver Devin Street had a nice day, catching 6 passes for over 100 yards and tight end Mike Shanahan once again caught a touchdown and picked up 55 yards on just 3 receptions.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Pittsburgh blog Cardiac Hill and Louisville blog Card Chronicle. Here’s the complete Week 10 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Pittsburgh Vs. Louisville Score Update: Cardinals Cut Pitt Lead In Half, 14-7

Louisville opened the second half with the football, but despite some nice sideline passes by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Cardinals couldn't get past mid-field and punted the ball right back to Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh took advantage of their defense forcing the punt and marched down the field and scored another touchdown.

Quarterback Tino Sunseri hit wide receiver Devin Street for 59-yards down the sideline on the first play of the drive. Two plays later, Sunseri hit tight end Mike Shanahan for the 17-yard touchdown pass to increase the Panthers lead to 14-0.

Pittsburgh's defense once again stalled out a promising Louisville drive to get their offense the ball back, but Pitt's next drive was just an absolute disaster. The drive picked up -9 yards on just three plays and then punter Matt Yoklic shanked the punt out of bounds for just seven yards, giving Louisville the ball in striking distance on the 11-yard line. Two plays later, Victor Anderson ran the ball in from three yards out to cut the Pitt lead in half, 14-7.

Pitt ended the second-quarter drive down the field with their rushing attack, having just crossed midfield.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Pittsburgh blog Cardiac Hill and Louisville blog Card Chronicle. Here’s the complete Week 10 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Pittsburgh Vs. Louisville Halftime Update: Offenses Stall, But Pitt Holds 7-0 Lead

The offensive momentum from the first quarter didn't carry over to the second quarter. Pitt's drive stalled out, leading to a punt. Louisville got the ball back and went backwards, killing their drive from the start with an illegal block penalty. Despite a 26-yard run by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville was forced to punt. 

Pitt teased on the ensuing drive as well when Tino Sunseri hit Mike Shanahan on a 24-yard pass, but after that the drive stalled. Pittsburgh punted the ball back to Louisville, who once again shot themselves in the foot early in their drive picking up another illegal block penalty. Bridgewater hit on back to back long passes to put Louisville in 3rd and short, but the Cardinals couldn't convert.

Pitt got the ball back and once again after a big play, a 20-yard run by Isaac Bennett, the Panthers drive stalled to a stop. Sunseri was sacked for an 11-yard loss immediately after the long run and the drive stalled out from there. Pitt takes a 7-0 lead into halftime.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Pittsburgh blog Cardiac Hill and Louisville blog Card Chronicle. Here’s the complete Week 10 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Pittsburgh Vs. Louisville Score Update: Panthers Take An Early 7-0 Lead

The Pittsburgh Panthers got the football first and made the most of their opening drive. Quarterback Tino Sunseri hit on all seven of his passes ad the Panthers marched right down the football field. The offense went on a 12-play, 80-yard drive eating nearly 6 minutes off the clock, capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by running back Isaac Bennett to put Pitt to an early 7-0 lead.

Louisville got the football and began to go on their own drive, pounding the football with Victor Anderson and Daniel Brown, with quarterback Tyler Bridgewater hitting on some sideline throws. Louisville marched across midfield, but Bridgewater was intercepted by Carl Fleming on a long pass down the field.

Pitt wasn't able to capitalize on the turnover, however, with their drive stalling out just after crossing the 50-yard line. Louisville's ensuing drive went no where and the Cardinals punted the football. Pittsburgh will begin the second quarter with a 7-0 lead.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Pittsburgh blog Cardiac Hill and Louisville blog Card Chronicle. Here’s the complete Week 10 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Pittsburgh Vs. Louisville Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Pittsburgh Panthers (4-5, 2-2 Big East) visit the Louisville Cardinals (5-4, 3-1) in a Big East showdown. Pitt fell below the .500 mark with last week's narrow defeat to the No. 23 Cincinnati Bearcats, while Louisville has won its last three games--including an upset over the No. 24 West Virginia Mountaineers--after an uneven start.

Despite heading in opposite directions of late, Pittsburgh has owned Louisville head-to-head in recent years, winning each of the last three matchups by an average of 25.3 points while not allowing the Cardinals to score more than 10 points in any of those contests.

Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri has played brilliantly in the last two games, completing 66.3 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and just one interception; he's rushed for 104 yards and two scores in those contests as well.

Game date, time: 12 pm ET, Saturday, Nov. 12

Location: Papa John's Cardinals Stadium, Louisville

TV channel: Big East Network

Spread: Cardinals favored by three

Series history: Series tied, 7-7

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Pittsburgh blog Cardiac Hill and Louisville blog Card Chronicle. Here’s the complete Week 10 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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