PITTSBURGH PANTHERS vs. UTAH UTES
Heinz Field (65,050/Natural Grass)
Saturday, October 15 • Noon • ESPNU
ESPNU — Rob Stone and Danny Kanell
KDKA-FM 93.7 (flagship)
Sirius 85, XM 85
Saturday’s game will be the just the third meeting between Pittsburgh and Utah in a series that began in the 2004 season … Utah took the first meeting, 35-7, in the 2004-05 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, while the Utes were 27-24 winners in overtime last season in Salt Lake City … Last year’s matchup saw the Panthers rally from a 24-13 fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime before Utah K Joe Phillips kicked the game-winning field goal … Utah is the first Pac-12 team to visit Pittsburgh since the Panthers defeated Washington State 17-13 at Pitt Stadium Sept. 2, 1995.
PITTSBURGH (3-3, 1-1 BIG EAST)
Todd Graham (East Central ’87)
3-3, first season at Pittsburgh
46-26, fifth season as collegiate head coach
Pittsburgh dropped a 34-10 decision at Rutgers last week, leaving the Panthers at 1-1 in BIG EAST play and 3-3 overall … Pitt has lost three of its last four after a 2-0 start to the season … The Panthers are 3-0 when scoring at least 35 points and 0-3 when they have been held to fewer than 35 points this year … RB Ray Graham enters Saturday’s game ranked second nationally in rushing with an average of 149.8 yards per game … Graham has rushed for 899 yards and nine touchdowns on 150 carries and has the most yards through six games of a season of any player in school history … By comparison, Pitt legend Tony Dorsett had 892 yards through six games in his Heisman Trophy season of 1973 … QB Tino Sunseri has completed 118 of 187 passes for 1,166 yards and five touchdowns with seven interceptions … Graham is also Pitt’s leading receiver with 27 catches on the year … LB Max Gruder is second in the BIG EAST in tackles (51, 8.5 per game) … LB Brandon Lindsey has a team-high four sacks … The Panthers have just three interceptions.
UTAH (2-3, 0-3 Pac-12)
Kyle Whittingham (Brigham Young ’84)
60-23, seventh season
Utah has dropped three of its last four following a 35-14 setback against Arizona State last week … The Utes are 1-1 on the road this season with a 23-14 loss at Southern California and a 54-10 win at Brigham Young … Utah is 8-0 all-time against current BIG EAST members … The Utes are 0-3 in their first season as a member of the Pac-12 Conference, marking their first 0-3 conference start since 2002 in the Mountain West … Utah is 6-12 all-time in games played in the Eastern time zone … Only three Utah players hail from east of the Mississippi River … QB Jon Hays made his first career start last week against Arizona State, filling in for the injured Jordan Wynn … Hays has completed 28 of 47 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns and four interceptions this season … RB John White ranks third in the Pac-12 in rushing at 100.0 yards per game … White has rushed for 500 yards on 92 carries with six touchdowns … WR DeVonte Christopher is the leading receiver with 23 catches for 351 yards and two touchdowns, but is questionable for Saturday’s game with an ankle inury … LB Chaz Walker leads the Pac-12 in tackles (9.4 per game).