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Pitt Penalty Problems Abound

Cardiac Hill notes Pitt's issues with penalties:

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And with Pitt trying to take control in the fourth quarter, after scoring a touchdown to go up 23-10, Tino Sunseri received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and forced Pitt back on the kickoff. On that kickoff, FIU got a 29-yard return and with the fifteen yards for the penalty, ended up starting their drive just past midfield. Four plays later on the short field, FIU went in for a touchdown.

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The penalties on Saturday obviously didn't hurt Pitt's chances enough to cost them the game. But the team is constantly offsides on defense and committing false start penalties on offense. It's easy to understand teams committing those penalties in hostile road environments, but at home? That's a discipline issue.

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Cardiac Hill also notes that the Panthers are ranked next to last out of all Division I-A / FBS teams in penalties. That's something to watch for when Pitt plays Notre Dame next week.

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