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Syracuse Vs. Pitt: Panthers Off To Fast Start With 10-0 Lead

Playing for a potential bowl game appearance, Pitt has gotten off to a fast start against the Orange.

Syracuse fumbled the ball on a short opening kickoff and the Panthers recovered it. On their first play from scrimmage, Tino Sunseri threw a touchdown pass to freshman Issac Bennett, apparently starting for an injured Zach Brown.

On the next Syracuse possession, Brandon Lindsey recorded an interception and the Panthers were in business again. After committing a roughing the passer penalty, Pitt moved into field goal range. The Panthers were unable to get a touchdown, but Kevin Harper came on and kicked a field goal.

Pitt now has a 10-0 lead only a few minutes into the game. Head coach Todd Graham is clearly pulling out all the stops as on the ensuing kickoff, Pitt tried a pooch/short kick to try to recover the ball again. Syracuse was able to hold onto that kick, but it was a bit of an adventure.

For more on Pitt football, check out SB Nation Pitt blog Cardiac Hill.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.