Boxscore
Connecticut 24, Pittsburgh 17
Friday, November 9, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Rentschler Field
Attendance - 33503

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Pittsburgh 0 0 3 14 17
Connecticut 10 14 0 0 24

Recap


Connecticut 24, Pittsburgh 17: Lyle McCombs ran for 120 yards and a touchdown, Nick Williams returned a punt 80 yards for a score and the host Huskies earned their first conference victory with an upset of Pittsburgh.

Chandler Whitmer threw for 213 yards and a touchdown and also came up with a huge third-down completion late after Connecticut (4-6, 1-4 Big East) nearly blew a 24-point halftime lead.

The Panthers (4-6, 1-4), perhaps still smarting from last week's heartbreaking triple-overtime loss to No. 4 Notre Dame, came out flat and were unable to stop the nation's 117th-ranked scoring offense (16.5).

Though the Huskies dominated the first half, they had to sweat out a Pittsburgh rally, due in part to some questionable play calling late. Connecticut had a 24-10 lead and the ball at the Pittsburgh 14-yard line with just over five minutes left when Whitmer threw an inexplicable interception in the end zone that gave the Panthers life.

Pittsburgh drove 80 yards in nine plays and pulled within 24-17 on a 18-yard touchdown pass from Tino Sunseri to Mike Shanahan with 2:46 to play. Whitmer effectively ended the game, however, when he hit Shakim Phillips for 17 yards on third-and-7.

Sunseri finished 19-of-34 for 302 yards and two touchdowns for Pittsburgh, which needs to win its final two games to become bowl eligible for a fifth straight season.


GAME NOTEBOOK: Connecticut had scored only 16 points over its previous two games, but was impressive in taking the opening kickoff 75 yards in 11 plays. The drive was capped by Whitmer's 2-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Griffin. ... Connecticut outgained Pittsburgh 249-121 in the first half. ... The Panthers managed only 14 rushing yards in the opening half.

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 8:31
Connecticut   TD  Connecticut 7 - Pittsburgh 0
1st Quarter - 1:43
Connecticut   FG  Connecticut 10 - Pittsburgh 0
2nd Quarter - 9:26
Connecticut   TD  Connecticut 17 - Pittsburgh 0
2nd Quarter - 1:02
Connecticut   TD  Connecticut 24 - Pittsburgh 0
3rd Quarter - 10:33
Pittsburgh   FG  Connecticut 24 - Pittsburgh 3
4th Quarter - 13:37
Pittsburgh   TD  Connecticut 24 - Pittsburgh 10
4th Quarter - 2:46
Pittsburgh   TD  Connecticut 24 - Pittsburgh 17
TEAMS

Team Records

  Pittsburgh Connecticut
W/L 4 - 6 - 0 4 - 6 - 0
Conference 1 - 4 - 0 1 - 4 - 0

Team Stats

  Pittsburgh Connecticut
Score 17 24
First Downs 18 20
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-12
33%
7-for-14
50%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 350 345
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 25-48 42-132
Average/Rush 1.9 3.1
Passing
Comp-Att 19-34 19-25
Passing Yards 302 213
Average/Pass Play 8.2 7.9
Penalties-Yards 3-23 4-40
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Time of Possession 23:44 36:16

PLAYER STATS

Pittsburgh (4 - 6)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Sunseri 19/34 302 2 0
Connecticut (4 - 6)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Whitmer 19/25 213 1 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. Graham 15 41 2.7 0
R. Shell 6 23 3.8 0
T. Sunseri 4 -16 -4.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
L. McCombs 29 120 4.1 1
S. McCummings 1 13 13.0 0
N. Williams 1 7 7.0 0
M. Hyppolite 2 2 1.0 0
M. DeLorenzo 3 1 0.3 0
C. Whitmer 5 -7 -1.4 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Carswell 5 83 16.6 1
M. Shanahan 3 79 26.3 1
D. Street 6 76 12.7 0
C. Saddler 2 43 21.5 0
R. Graham 3 21 7.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
R. Griffin 6 84 14.0 1
S. Phillips 5 52 10.4 0
N. Williams 3 31 10.3 0
M. Smith 1 27 27.0 0
G. Davis 1 9 9.0 0
J. Delahunt 1 7 7.0 0
R. Frank 1 3 3.0 0
L. McCombs 1 0 0.0 0
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