Heinz Field (65,050/Natural Grass)
Saturday, October 27 • Noon • BIG EAST Network
Television - WATCH LIVE
BIG EAST Network Game of the Week
Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante and Paul Carcaterra
Temple Radio - WPHT-AM 1210 (flagship)
Pittsburgh Radio - KDKA-FM 93.7 (flagship)
Sirius 112; XM 197
Saturday’s game will be the 36th meeting between Temple and Pittsburgh in a series that began in 1938 … The in-state rivals met every year from 1974 to 2004 and have not played since … Pittsburgh holds a 26-8-1 series lead and has won the last six matchups … Temple’s last win in the series was a 34-33 victory at Pitt Stadium in 1988 … Three of the last five meetings were decided by single-digit margins.
TEMPLE (3-3, 2-1 BIG EAST)
Steve Addazio (Central Connecticut ’81)
12-7, second season
Temple is 2-1 in BIG EAST play following a 35-10 setback to Rutgers last Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field … The Owls took a 10-0 halftime lead against the 15th-ranked Scarlet Knights, but saw Rutgers score 35 unanswered points to close the game … A Temple win would give the Owls three BIG EAST victories for just the second time in league history (1997) … Temple, which defeated Connecticut 17-14 in overtime two weeks ago, is looking for its first back-to-back BIG EAST road wins since 1998 … RB Montel Harris ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in rushing (78.2 yards per game) … Harris has rushed for 391 yards and three touchdowns and has started each of the last three games … QB Chris Coyer is 10th in the BIG EAST in rushing (55.3 ypg) and first among quarterbacks … Coyer has thrown seven touchdown passes against three interceptions … RB Matt Brown is third in the BIG EAST in all-purpose yardage (133.8 ypg) … LB Tyler Matekevich, a true freshman, has started each of the last three games and has had double-digit tackles each time … LB Nate D. Smith leads the team with 48 tackles, while Matekevich is second with 46 … K/P Brandon McManus leads the BIG EAST in punting with an average of 45.3 yards per punt.
PITTSBURGH (3-4, 0-3 BIG EAST)
Paul Chryst (Wisconsin ’88)
3-4, first season
Pittsburgh improved to 3-4 overall with a 20-6 win at Buffalo last Saturday … The Panthers are 0-3 in BIG EAST play for the first time since 2001 … That year, Pitt rallied to finish the season with six straight wins, ending up at 4-3 in the BIG EAST and punctuating the season with a win against North Carolina State in the Tangerine Bowl … QB Tino Sunseri will make his 34th consecutive start … Sunseri has thrown for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns with just one interception in his past five games … Sunseri has thrown for 1,878 yards and 10 TDs with just two interceptions this season … Sunseri ranks fourth on Pitt’s career passing list (7,180 yards) … WR Devin Street leads the BIG EAST in receptions (6.3 per game) and is second in receiving yards (79.3 ypg) … WR Mike Shanahan leads the conference in receiving yards (80.6 ypg) and fourth in receptions (4.4 per game) … S Jason Hendricks has led the defense with a BIG EAST-leading four interceptions to go with 48 tackles … S Jarred Holley has 42 tackles, while LB Shane Gordon has 33 … LB Dan Mason —once thought to be lost to a career-ending knee injury — has returned to the lineup and has 17 tackles in four games … P Matt Yoklic is averaging 41.4 yards on 27 punts this year.