Ray Graham has two touchdown runs, and Kevin Harper has added a pair of field goals as Pitt leads Maine 20-7. Maine got on the board with a 26-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Warren Smith to Derrick Buttles.
It hasn't been all smooth sailing for the Panthers, as the offensive line struggles continue. The line didn't play great last week, but that was mostly attributed to having a new starter and the fact that Jordan Gibbs had to be held out at the last minute due to a breathing problem.
The Pitt offensive line outweighs the Maine defensive line by an average of 50 pounds, yet is the Black Bears that have worked their way in for four sacks in the first half.
Sunseri found Hubie Graham for a 25-yard completion on 4th-and-5, which not only helped save the drive, but gave Pitt a much-needed boost of momentum. The offense punched it in a few plays later, when Ray Graham rushed it in from three yards out. Pitt would have scored earlier on the drive had it not been for an offensive pass interference call on Mike Shanahan inside the Maine 5. That play set Pitt back with a 1st-and-30 situation.
Hubie Graham later added another big catch on third down--as he's quickly become a favorite target of Sunseri when Pitt needs a first down.
Ray Graham is already over 100 yards in the first half, and has two rushing scores. It's the fourth game in his career with at least two rushing scores.
After getting a sack, Brandon Lindsey left the game with an undisclosed injury. We'll update you as soon as we find anything out. Lindsey made the start at defensive end, instead of Panther today. Greg Williams started at the Spur for a second week in a row, while freshman Ejuan Price made his first career start at Panther. LaQuentin Smith also got his first action in the second quarter.
Stay tuned for more second half action. We'll have comments and other player reaction following the game.