PITTSBURGH PANTHERS at RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
High Point Solutions Stadium (52,454/FieldTurf)
Saturday, October 8 • 3:30 p.m. • ESPNU
ESPNU — Pam Ward and Dan Hawkins
Pittsburgh Radio Rutgers Radio
KDKA-FM 93.7 (flagship) WOR-AM 710 (flagship))
Pittsburgh and Rutgers have met 28 times prior to Saturday’s game, and the Panthers hold a 21-7 series lead … Pittsburgh is 13-7 against Rutgers in BIG EAST games … The Panthers have won the last two meetings, though the Scarlet Knights won the previous four … Pittsburgh was a 41-21 winner last year at Heinz Field behind three touchdown passes from QB Tino Sunseri, who threw for 307 yards … Rutgers assistant coaches Frank Cignetti, Brian Angelichio and Jeff Hafley all served at Pittsburgh before joining Greg Schiano’s staff this year … Rutgers LB Khaseem Greene is the older brother of Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham.
rv/rv PITTSBURGH (3-2, 1-0 BIG EAST)
Todd Graham (East Central ’87)
3-2, first season at Pittsburgh
46-25, fifth season as collegiate head coach
Pittsburgh rebounded from back-to-back losses with a 44-17 win against USF at Heinz Field in the BIG EAST opener … It was Pittsburgh’s first win against a top-25 opponent since a 26-21 decision against USF Oct. 2, 2008 … The Panthers have held fourth-quarter leads in both of their losses only to see their opponents (Iowa, Notre Dame) rally down the stretch … The Panthers had season highs in points (44) and yards (523) in the win against USF … RB Ray Graham leads the BIG EAST and is ranked third nationally in rushing at 146.8 yards per game … Graham has rushed for 734 yards and eight touchdowns on 126 carries … Graham was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week after going for 226 yards and two TDs against USF … QB Tino Sunseri has completed 65.4 percent of his passes (104 of 159) for 1,039 yards and five touchdowns with four interceptions … Graham has a team-high 25 receptions … LB Max Gruder has a team-high 44 tackles, while LB Brandon Lindsey leads the team with four sacks.
RUTGERS (3-1, 1-0 BIG EAST)
Greg Schiano (Bucknell ’88)
62-63, 11th season
Rutgers opened BIG EAST play with a 19-16 win against Syracuse in double-overtime last week … The win snapped a six-game losing streak in road games and it gave Rutgers just its second win in a BIG EAST opener on the road … The Scarlet Knight defense is ranked fourth nationally in sacks (3.5 per game) … Rutgers is tied with Cincinnati for the national lead with 18 turnovers gained this sesason … The Scarlet Knights have allowed just nine points after the start of the fourth quarter … QB Chas Dodd has completed 69 of 127 passes for 754 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions … WR Mohamed Sanu enters Saturday’s game ranked third nationally in receptions (10.8 per game) … Sanu has 43 catches for 428 yards and five touchdowns … RB Savon Huggins has all three of Rutgers’ rushing touchdowns this year … LB Khaseem Greene has a team-high 34 tackles … LB Steve Beauharnais is tied for the team lead with 2.5 sacks and has a team-high 5.5 tackles for loss … S Duron Harmon has a team-leading three interceptions.