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Pitt vs. Temple recap: Panthers earn 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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