Rutgers Brings the Pitt Panthers Back to Reality

Dominic ErricoCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Todd Graham looks on against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game on September 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Irish defeated the Panthers 15-12.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Welcome back to reality Pitt fans.

As usual, it's very hard to gauge this 3-3 Pitt football team.  One week you win 44-17, then you get blown out against Rutgers.  It's not like Rutgers did much offensively in this game either, that's the sad part.

Rutgers and Pitt were a combined 5-29 on third down.  The game seemed to stretch on forever.  I thought the Notre Dame game was awful, but this one seemed worse.

Tino Sunseri had another awful day, finishing 14 of 28 (50 percent) for 127 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions.  

Ray Graham came to play as always, the only bright spot for Pitt on the day.  His final stat line was 165 rushing yards and a touchdown, plus he had two catches for 19 yards. 

The defining drive for me was the one where Pitt converted third and long three straight times only to see each conversion wiped out by penalty.  Two straight offensive pass interference calls against Drew Carswell followed by an illegal forward pass against Tino Sunseri. 

Pitt got flagged for having two players with the same number on the field at one point.  That one made me laugh.  I'll never understand why there isn't a rule forcing teams to only have one player per number.  Of course this is the same league that wiped out a touchdown by LSU because of taunting (What a joke...).

Kevin Harper missed another field goal and had a kickoff go out of bounds following the numbers penalty. Field position was a major issue for Pitt in this one.

I guess it's back to the drawing board for Pitt.  Still way too inconsistent on both sides of the ball.  It's possible that last week was about as good as it gets for Tino Sunseri. 

Pitt is back at home next week to try and avenge last year's loss to Utah.  Game time is at noon EST.

SIDENOTE:  ESPNU really needs to teach their announcers to learn how to pronounce names.  Pam Ward was awful on play by play, and it was compounded by the fact she didn't even bother to learn how to pronounce Sunseri.  That's the cardinal rule of announcing.  LEARN THE ROSTER!