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Virginia Tech Vs. Pittsburgh 2012: QB Tino Sunseri Plays Well In The Face Of Doubters

The Pittsburgh Panthers upset the No. 13 Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday with a surpising, 35-17, blowout victory. The Panthers excelled on offense on the ground and through the air. Quarterback Tino Sunseri received criticism from some after Pitt's losses to Youngstown State and Cincinnati, but he came through on Saturday.

Cadiac Hill, SB Nation's Pittsburgh Panthers blog, gave credit where credit is due:

So, okay, Tino Sunseri. The thing that's most amusing is the small pocket of fans who refuse to give him credit. Kid comes out, throws for nearly 300 yards, has three touchdowns, completes 68% of his passes, and makes play after play. Yet, what do I hear on a post-game radio show? That he's a terrible quarterback who had a lucky game by some guy named Al. Seriously, I've got no problem with criticism lobbed his way when he plays poorly, but if we're being fair, he had an unbelievable day. Not every throw was on target, but most of them were. The interception was, in a word, awful. But if you don't think he had a good game today, you should just come out and say it - you're just not a good dude.

Sunseri finished the game 19/28 for 283 yards and three touchdowns to go with the 254 yards the Panthers gained on the ground.

The victory moved Pittsburgh to 1-2 on the season. They will for their second-straight win when those host Gardner Webb at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

For more on Pittsburgh football, visit Pitt blog Cardiac Hill, plus SB Nation Pittsburgh. And Big East Coast Bias, for the time being. For more on Hokies football, visit Virginia Tech blog Gobbler Country.

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