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Pitt vs. UConn 2012: Panthers predictably frustrating against Huskies

The Pittsburgh Panthers fell to 4-6 on the season on Friday night, when they lost to the Connecticut Huskies, 24-17, in East Hartford, Conn.

The win brought the Huskies' record up to 4-6, and gave the Huskies their first Big East win of the season.

Friday's fiasco in Connecticut came less than a week after the Panthers nearly upset the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, taking the Irish into a third overtime period, before eventually losing.

Needless to say, Pitt fans are quite frustrated with the Panthers -- and that sentiment is echoed by the folks over at Cardiac Hill, SB Nation's Pitt Panthers blog.

If you've had the pleasure (or agony ... whichever your prefer) of following Pitt football for several years, you know how this works. The Panthers have repeatedly jobbed to mediocre (and even bad) teams while doing just enough against good ones to keep fan interest. So if you were surprised about Pitt's loss tonight, you're either naive or simply not paying attention.

It's so cliched that I feel guilty even using the phrase, but this is simply what the Panthers do.

Pitt has just two games remaining on its schedule, and the Panthers will need to win both to reach six wins -- and bowl eligibility. Pitt will play host to Rutgers on Saturday, Nov. 24, before traveling to South Florida on Saturday, Dec. 1, in Pitt's final regular season contest -- and perhaps, the final game of the 2012 season for the Panthers.

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