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BBVA Compass Bowl: Pitt Trails 14-0 Against SMU

Pitt found itself in a similar situation last year, playing a bowl game under an interim coach. It didn’t matter then, though, but so far this year it looks like it’s affecting the team.

The Panthers are off to a sluggish start and already trail SMU 14-0 in the first quarter.

Pitt QB Tino Sunseri has been off to a slow start and Pitt hasn’t gotten going offensively. SMU, on the other hand, has been taking it to the Panthers’ defense. After both teams punted once, Mustangs quarterback J.J. McDermott threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Darius Johnson. Later in the quarter, McDermott went in on a quarterback sneak for the second score of the game.

Sunseri then came back and promptly fumbled the ball before he tried to throw a pass. SMU recovered and is in Pitt territory yet again.

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