Boxscore
Pittsburgh 35, Buffalo 16
Saturday, September 3, 2011 6:00 PM
Location - Heinz Field
Attendance - 48359

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Buffalo 0 3 7 6 16
Pittsburgh 7 0 14 14 35

Recap


Ray Graham ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns as Pittsburgh began the Todd Graham era with a lackluster 35-16 victory over visiting Buffalo.

Taking over for Dave Wannstedt, new head coach Graham's Panthers showed flashes of the high-octane offense he successfully ran at Tulsa, but they struggled to put away the Bulls until late.

Running back Graham found the end zone twice in the third quarter. His first score gave Pitt a 14-3 lead and came after defensive tackle Chas Alecxih intercepted a screen pass and rumbled 47 yards to the Buffalo 20.

Chazz Anderson (32-for-49, 276 yards), who transferred from Cincinnati this spring, kept Buffalo close, including sneaking in a 2-yard run to cap a 13-yard drive on the ensuing possession to make it 14-10.

The Panthers, 30-point favorites, barely outgained Buffalo, 405-403. The Bulls trailed 21-16 early in the fourth after a 1-yard run by Brian Oliver, who finished with 114 yards.

Early on it looked like the fast-paced Tulsa scheme might translate well, as the Panthers needed just 2:04 to score on their second possession. Zach Brown's 6-yard run capped an eight-play, 64-yard drive to give Pitt a lead less than six minutes in.

But the Panthers came up empty the rest of the half, including a couple of misfires to wide-open receivers on sure scores and a missed 32-yard field goal. Meanwhile, Peter Fardon kicked a 40-yard field goal for Buffalo to trail just 7-3 at halftime.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 9:10
Pittsburgh   TD  Pittsburgh 7 - Buffalo 0
2nd Quarter - 4:33
Buffalo   FG  Pittsburgh 7 - Buffalo 3
3rd Quarter - 10:01
Pittsburgh   TD  Pittsburgh 14 - Buffalo 3
3rd Quarter - 4:22
Buffalo   TD  Pittsburgh 14 - Buffalo 10
3rd Quarter - 1:53
Pittsburgh   TD  Pittsburgh 21 - Buffalo 10
4th Quarter - 13:27
Buffalo   TD  Pittsburgh 21 - Buffalo 16
4th Quarter - 11:51
Pittsburgh   TD  Pittsburgh 28 - Buffalo 16
4th Quarter - 1:49
Pittsburgh   TD  Pittsburgh 35 - Buffalo 16
TEAMS

Team Records

  Buffalo Pittsburgh
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Buffalo Pittsburgh
Score 16 35
First Downs 28 21
3rd Down Efficiency 8-for-20
40%
4-for-11
36%
4th Down Efficiency 2-for-4
50%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 403 410
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 44-127 38-231
Average/Rush 2.9 6.1
Passing
Comp-Att 32-49 16-28
Passing Yards 276 179
Average/Pass Play 5.4 6.0
Penalties-Yards 6-83 5-53
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 38:48 21:12

PLAYER STATS

Buffalo (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Anderson 32/49 276 0 1
Pittsburgh (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Sunseri 16/28 179 1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
B. Oliver 35 114 3.3 1
C. Anderson 8 16 2.0 1
E. Young 1 -3 -3.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. Graham 29 201 6.9 3
T. Sunseri 7 20 2.9 0
Z. Brown 2 10 5.0 1
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Neutz 10 108 10.8 0
M. Rivers 8 83 10.4 0
T. Jackson 6 40 6.7 0
B. Oliver 4 13 3.2 0
J. Gordon 2 12 6.0 0
F. Lee 1 11 11.0 0
D. Hughes 1 9 9.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Shanahan 5 85 17.0 1
H. Graham 3 50 16.7 0
D. Street 2 24 12.0 0
Z. Brown 2 22 11.0 0
R. Graham 2 6 3.0 0
C. Saddler 2 -8 -4.0 0
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