(Saturday, November 12th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 21, Louisville 14
Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Quarterback Toni Sunseri threw a TD pass and ran for a second score, leading the Pittsburgh Panthers to their first road win of the season, a 21-14 decision over Louisville in Big East action at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
Despite once again being without All-American candidate Ray Graham in the backfield, Pittsburgh (5-5, 3-2 Big East) was able to rumble for 200 yards on the ground, led by tailback Zach Brown's 86 yards on 15 carries. Sunseri played mistake-free football for the most part, managing the offense well. He completed 16-of-22 passes, for 196 yards and one TD. Wideout Devin Street had a big game downfield, leading all receivers with six catches, for 101 yards.
While the Panthers churned out 396 yards of total offense, Louisville (5-5, 3-2) had a tough time moving the chains, gaining a total of just 280 yards. Freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater didn't get much accomplished with his arm against the Panthers, completing just 18-of-26 passes for a mere 165 yards, with one interception. He did however, lead Louisville in rushing with 54 yards on 10 carries.
Pittsburgh got on the scoreboard first thanks to a one-yard TD run by Isaac Bennett, capping off a 12-play, 80-yard opening drive just over five minutes into the game.
The scoring would remain 7-0 at the half, as neither team was able to get on the scoreboard the rest of the way, The Panthers doubled their advantage soon after the break, as Sunseri found Mike Shanahan for a 17-yard touchdown pass, putting Pittsburgh up 14-0.
The Cardinals finally got on the scoreboard thanks in large part to the special teams blunder by the Panthers. Pittsburgh was buried deep in its own zone late in the third quarter thanks to back-to-back sacks and was forced to punt. Matt Yoklic's punt traveled just seven yards, setting up Louisville at the Pittsburgh 11-yard line. Two plays later, Victor Anderson punched it into the end zone from three yards out to cut Pittsburgh's lead to 14-7.
The Panthers capitalized on a special teams error by Louisville after that, as Pittsburgh recovered a fumble by punt returner Eli Rogers and completed a short five-play drive with Sunseri's four-yard TD run to make the game 21-7.
The Cardinals went down fighting though, as Bridgewater led Louisville down the field, finishing off a seven-play, 71-yard drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Scott Radcliff to make it 21-14.
The Cardinals successfully recovered an on-sides kick, but lost 13 yards on their only offensive play after that, as time elapsed in the game, giving the visiting Panthers the win.
11/12 16:12:07 ET