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Youngstown State Vs. Pitt: Paul Chryst Reacts To Embarrassing Loss

Saturday's 31-17 loss to a Football Championship Subdivision program, the Youngstown State Penguins, was a game Pittsburgh Panthers' first-year head coach Paul Chryst will probably want to forget. In all phases of the game, the Panthers were dominated by the Penguins, and Chryst didn't shy away from that fact in his post-game press conference.

"I thought tonight, quite honestly, they were the better football team," he said. "We talked about, starting with myself, taking ownership of this, and we certainly have to become a better team."

All in all, there wasn't much Chryst said about Pitt's historical loss, but he did spin one aspect of the contest into good news as he said running back Ray Graham felt no ill effects from his knee surgery.

"I love the competitiveness of Ray," Chryst said. "(The number of carries) was right around what we were hoping to get. I am anxious to see how (Sunday) is for him, but it was good to get him going."

This week, the Panthers will have a quick turnaround as they will travel to play the Cincinnati Bearcats on Thursday (8 p.m. ET on ESPN).

For more on the Panthers, check out SB Nation Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill.

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