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PITT (9-3) 34
UCONN (7-5) 10

Normally, I wouldn't assume a win over UConn to necessitate a Gatorade soaking of the head coach, but after the past couple of seasons, it was a welcome sight for the Pitt Panthers today, who probably locked up a birth in the December 31 Sun Bowl with a 34-10 win at UConn. The nine wins for Pitt are the most since 1982.

The story of the day was the play of UConn's quarterbacks, who completed just six passes to their own team and five to Pitt. For the day, Tyler Lorenzen and Zach Fraser were 6-for-31 for 80 yards, numbers uglier than that girl in the peanut commercial.

Shady McCoy was once again Shady McCoy, running for 95 yards on 24 carries and scoring his 20th touchdown of the season. Bill Stull added touchdown throws of 61 and 28 yards to Derek Kinder and Nate Byham, respectively, as the Panthers brought out the big play on multiple occasions.

It was a great way to end a momentum-building campaign for the Panthers, who looked in serious trouble after opening the season with a loss to Bowling Green, which ended up a mediocre 6-6 in the MAC. But all's well that end's well, I suppose (especially if Lesean McCoy returns next season).

In other local college football news, our two dream seasons are over, and it wasn't pretty. Cal U lost in the D-2 Semifinals to Minnesota-Duluth, 45-7; and Washington & Jefferson lost the D-3 quarterfinals to Mary Hardin-Baylor, 63-7. It was fun while it lasted.

A few relevant links to add...

--Sun Bowl tickets are already on sale. So I guess it's official. They'll be playing 8-4 Oregon State in El Paso, Texas. OSU beat USC, so I suppose they'd be considered a good team.

--Full story on the Cal and W&J carnage.

--At least we can still root for Bethel Park, which advanced to the PIAA Quad-A title game with a 38-35 win in triple OT today. Way to represent the WPIAL.

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1 comment:

HotDog_Zanzabar said...

I can't wait to see Wanny cross the Rio Grande and kick some tail in Juarez