Pitt started off slow out of the gate, but eventually pulled away from Buffalo in a 35-16 win.
Ray Graham paced the Pitt offense with 201 yards on 29 carries, with 3 touchdowns. Mike Shanahan set a career-high with five receptions for 85 yards and a 17-yard touchdown that came in the fourth quarter. Hubie Graham also made a few key receptions in the game, finishing with three catches for 50 yards in his first game as a Panther.
Pitt's offense had some troubles executing in the first half, and were able to convert just 1-of-4 passing attempts of 20 yards or greater. Ray Graham had little running room early on. Even though the offensive line allowed just one sack in the first half, they were getting pressure on Sunseri.
Also contributing to the Panthers' woes were two missed field goal attempts by Kevin Harper--from 32 and 47 yards out. Both attempts at the closed end of Heinz Field.
Buffalo appeared to have momentum going its way, starting the second half on offense. After taking the opening drive and marching 49 yards in nine plays to the Pitt 31. Defensive end Chas Alecxih picked off a Chazz Anderson pass and returned it 47 yards to set Pitt up in great shape at the Buffalo 20. Ray Graham scored on a 2-yard touchdown run two plays later. There's no question Alecxih's interception was the spark Pitt needed.
Buffalo was successful on its second drive of the half, taking the ball 76 yards in 13 plays as quarterback Chazz Anderson took it in from 2 yards out.
Pitt appeared to have the game in control, stopping the Buffalo offense on downs, and getting the ball back with 5:38 left. Sunseri fumbled the ball away, which was recovered by the Bulls--Pitt's first turnover of the night. Pitt held on the ensuing Buffalo possession, taking over at its own 12 yard-line with just over three minutes left in the game.
Pitt ran out the clock, as Graham burst through the middle for a gain of 75, all the way to the Buffalo 1 yard-line. He scored on the next play, giving him his third score of the night.
We'll have more post-game player and coach reaction.