(Saturday, October 16th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 45, Syracuse 14
Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) - Tino Sunseri's four touchdown passes led the way for Pittsburgh, as the Panthers dismantled the Syracuse Orange, 45-14, in Big East Conference play at Carrier Dome.
Sunseri finished with 266 passing yards for Pittsburgh (3-1, 1-0 BigEast), while Dion Lewis led the ground game with 80 yards one score on 15 carries.
Ryan Nassib threw for 231 yards and one touchdown for Syracuse (4-2, 1-1), but the signal caller completed just 25-of-46 passes and was also intercepted twice. Alec Lemon was busy in the setback, as the wide out finished with 108 yards on eight receptions.
On their first play from scrimmage the Panthers took a 7-0 lead when Sunseri hit Devin Street with a 79-yard touchdown pass.
Syracuse evened the score later in the quarter when Delone Carter plunged into the end zone on a one-yard run, capping off a 10-play, 83-yard drive for the Orange.
In the final seconds of the opening frame the Panthers regained a seven-point edge when Sunseri hit Ray Graham with a 15-yard scoring strike.
Pitt continued to pull away in the second stanza, as Sunseri threw his third touchdown of the contest, this score going to Mike Shanahan for 30 yards.
A one-yard touchdown run by Lewis late in the first half pushed Pittsburgh's lead to 28-7.
Pitt's onslaught continued as the defense got involved in the scoring when Ricky Gary returned an interception 80 yards to push the Panthers up 35-7. That would be the lone touchdown in the third quarter for either team.
Syracuse cut into its deficit early in the final quarter when Nassib capped off a 12-play, 81-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Van Chew.
The Panthers went right back to work after Syracuse's touchdown, as Dan Hutchins nailed a 24-yard field goal, and that was followed with a six-yard touchdown pass from Sunseri to Brock DeCicco.
Sunseri's fourth touchdown pass would be the last points of the matchup, as the Panthers rolled for the 31-point victory.
10/16 16:55:51 ET