Heinz Field (65,050/Natural Grass)
ESPN3.com — Jim Barbar and Jeremy Bloom
KDKA-FM 93.7 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between Pittsburgh and New Hampshire … The Panthers are 7-0 all-time against current members of the Colonial Athletic Association (2-0 against Villanova, 5-0 against William & Mary), though their most recent game against a CAA opponent was a 48-41 win against Villanova Sept. 5, 1998.
No. 15/15 PITTSBURGH (0-1)
Dave Wannstedt (Pittsburgh ’74)
35-27, sixth season
Pittsburgh was outgained by a 405-266 margin and was held to just 82 rushing yards, yet the Panthers still had a chance to get an Opening Day win at Utah before falling 27-24 in overtime … Trailing by three points at the end of regulation, Pitt had a first down from the Utah 14-yard line, but had to settle for a 30-yard field goal at the final gun … RB Dion Lewis had 25 carries for 75 yards — a career low — with one touchdown … QB Tino Sunseri made his first career start and completed 16 of 28 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown with one interception … WR Jon Baldwin had 71 yards on four receptions, including a 44-yard touchdown … Pittsburgh’s defense, which led the nation in sacks last season, could not get to Utah’s quarterback and the Panthers made just one tackle behind the line of scrimmage … LB Dan Mason and LB Max Gruder had a team-high seven tackles each … The Panthers allowed Utah to convert 7 of 14 third downs … Pittsburgh’s last four losses, dating to last season, have been by a combined 14 points … The game against New Hampshire is the first of three straight home games for Pittsburgh … Pitt is the favorite in the 2010 BIG EAST preseason media poll after the Panthers received 22 of a possible 24 first-place votes.
NEW HAMPSHIRE (1-0)
Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire ’78)
81-53, 11th season
New Hampshire opened its season with a 33-3 win against Central Connecticut State last Saturday in Durham, N.H. … The Wildcats returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and were comfortably ahead for most of the game … New Hampshire is ranked No. 5 in this week’s Championship Subdivision coaches poll after beginning the season at No. 9 … The Wildcats have had four 10-win seasons in the last six years, including back-to-back 10-3 campaigns in 2008 and 2009 … New Hampshire is one of seven CAA teams ranked in this week’s FCS top 25 … New Hampshire has won its last five games against Bowl Subdivision teams, defeating Ball State (23-16), Army (28-10), Marshall (48-35), Northwestern (34-17), and Rutgers (35-24) … The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the 2009 NCAA Division I Championship, where it fell to eventual national champion Villanova … New Hampshire has made six straight NCAA appearances … RB Dontra Peters ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in the opening win against Central Connecticut … QB R.J. Toman completed 9 of 15 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown … LB Matt Evans had a game-high 14 tackles.