Boxscore
Pittsburgh 35, Virginia Tech 17
Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:00 PM
Location - Heinz Field
Attendance - 48032

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Virginia Tech 0 3 14 0 17
Pittsburgh 14 7 7 7 35

Recap


Pittsburgh 35, No. 13 Virginia Tech 17: Tino Sunseri tossed three touchdown passes and Ray Graham ran for two scores and caught another as the host Panthers shocked the Hokies and gave first-year coach Paul Chryst his first victory.

Highly touted freshman Rushel Shell had 157 rushing yards for Pittsburgh (1-2), which dealt future ACC Coastal Division rival Virginia Tech (2-1) its first true road loss since October 2009 to snap the nation's longest active streak at 13 wins.

The Panthers intercepted Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas three times and recovered a fumble all in the first half, and piled up 305 yards en route to a stunning 21-3 halftime lead. Pitt had not forced a turnover in losses to Youngstown State – their first-ever FCS defeat – and Cincinnati.

After not finding the end zone until the final minute of last Thursday's 34-10 loss to the Bearcats, Pitt marched 75 yards on just six plays of their opening possession to jump on the Hokies, 7-0, capped by Graham's 12-yard touchdown dash.

The Hokies' trademark special teams produced their initial touchdown, as Kyshoen Jarrett returned a Matt Yoklic punt 94 yards early in the third quarter to make it 21-10. But the Panthers quelled the momentum with a fourth-down stop on Virginia Tech's next drive, and immediately went 65 yards the other way for a 28-10 lead on Graham's 18-yard touchdown reception.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Thomas had thrown four touchdown passes without an interception in Virginia Tech's previous two games this season. He finished with 265 passing yards, while Sunseri had 283. … Graham added his second score of the first half on a 5-yard run, two plays after a fumble recovery, to push the Panthers' margin to 21-0 with 13:28 to go before halftime. … Virginia Tech still leads the series, 7-5, but the Panthers have now won four straight, including their last previous meeting in 2003.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 12:17
Pittsburgh   TD  Pittsburgh 7 - Virginia Tech 0
1st Quarter - 3:19
Pittsburgh   TD  Pittsburgh 14 - Virginia Tech 0
2nd Quarter - 13:03
Pittsburgh   TD  Pittsburgh 21 - Virginia Tech 0
2nd Quarter - 7:57
Virginia Tech   FG  Pittsburgh 21 - Virginia Tech 3
3rd Quarter - 11:57
Virginia Tech   TD  Pittsburgh 21 - Virginia Tech 10
3rd Quarter - 4:58
Pittsburgh   TD  Pittsburgh 28 - Virginia Tech 10
3rd Quarter - 3:30
Virginia Tech   TD  Pittsburgh 28 - Virginia Tech 17
4th Quarter - 5:33
Pittsburgh   TD  Pittsburgh 35 - Virginia Tech 17
TEAMS

Team Records

  Virginia Tech Pittsburgh
W/L 2 - 1 - 0 1 - 2 - 0
Conference 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 0

Team Stats

  Virginia Tech Pittsburgh
Score 17 35
First Downs 14 27
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-13
38%
6-for-17
35%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-2
0%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 324 537
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 26-59 55-254
Average/Rush 2.3 4.6
Passing
Comp-Att 14-31 19-28
Passing Yards 265 283
Average/Pass Play 8.0 9.8
Penalties-Yards 4-39 11-110
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 3 1
Time of Possession 21:33 38:27

PLAYER STATS

Virginia Tech (2 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
L. Thomas 14/31 265 1 3
Pittsburgh (1 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Sunseri 19/28 283 3 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
L. Thomas 7 28 4.0 0
M. Scales 4 16 4.0 0
M. Davis 1 6 6.0 0
M. Holmes 9 6 0.7 0
D. Roberts 1 3 3.0 0
J. Coleman 4 0 0.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. Shell 23 157 6.8 0
R. Graham 24 94 3.9 2
I. Bennett 2 8 4.0 0
R. Jones 1 5 5.0 0
T. Sunseri 3 -4 -1.3 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Davis 4 129 32.2 1
D. Roberts 2 53 26.5 0
C. Fuller 4 44 11.0 0
R. Dunn 2 21 10.5 0
D. Knowles 1 13 13.0 0
R. Malleck 1 5 5.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Shanahan 5 111 22.2 1
D. Street 4 73 18.2 1
D. Carswell 2 27 13.5 0
R. Jones 2 26 13.0 0
R. Graham 2 17 8.5 1
R. Shell 2 15 7.5 0
I. Bennett 2 14 7.0 0
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