Inside The Numbers

Here's a look at where Pitt ranks in some key statistical categories. A look at these numbers, in hindsight, fall in line with Pitt's 0-2 start.

Pitt eighth in scoring offense with 13.5 points a game. The next closest team is UConn, with 22 points a game.

Scoring defense, Pitt is next to last, allowing 32.5 points a game. Syracuse is last allowing 42 points in each of its first two games. You can also make a case that Syracuse has had the tougher schedule, allowing those points to Northwestern and USC; Pitt being unable to keep Youngstown State and Cincinnati below 30 points.

Pitt ranks last in Big East, allowing 422.5 yards per game in two games. Cincinnati is next to last, allowing 415 yards to Pitt on Thursday. Syracuse, of all the Big East teams that have played two games is next with 391 yards a game—over 30 fewer yards per game than Pitt.

Pitt is also last in rushing defense, giving up 231.5 yards per game, highlighted by Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux's 117 yards.

Pitt is second to last in pass defense efficiency; a rating of 147.3. Syracuse is last with an efficiency of 171.5; 9 TD passes allowed with 1 interception in 62 pass attempts. Pitt has yielded 5 passing touchdowns with no interceptions in 52 pass attempts.

Pitt is tied with South Florida as being the only Big East teams to produce an interception on defense. All other Big East teams have one each.

Pitt is last in sacks, with just one this season. Louisville is next with three sacks in two games. Pitt and Louisville are the only Big East teams averaging fewer than 3.5 sacks per game, with two games played. Cincinnati, of course, sacked Tino Sunseri six times in their only game, giving them an average of six sacks per game.

Speaking of sacks allowed, Pitt has also allowed the most sacks per game in the Big East, with 3 per game. This after allowing none in the opener. Paul Chryst said Monday in his weekly news conference that it's the responsibility of all 11 guys on offense to cut that number down, not just the offensive line. Louisville is second to last, yielding 2.5 sacks a game.

Pitt is allowing a Big East-high 21.5 first downs per game. UConn is tops, allowing just 7.5 first downs a game—a big difference from first to last in this category. Along those same lines, Pitt is allowing opponents to convert 58.6 percent of third downs (17-of-29). South Florida's defense is tops, allowing opponents just 23.3 percent (7-of-30) conversion on third down. You can lump red zone defense in that same category. Opponents have converted all 8 red zone opportunities through two games, including 5 red zone touchdowns. Big East teams have collectively gone 47-54in the red zone on offense. Pitt has three of those seven failed attempts. Syracuse, Louisville, Cincinnati and South Florida are a combined 29-29 on red zone attempts.

From an individual standpoint, Pitt does have a few players in the top ten. Ray Graham's 87 yards per game on the ground is good for sixth in the conference. Total yardage, his 174 yards is third among all Big East offensive players. Graham is in Pitt's top ten for career rushing yardage. Graham needs 36 yards to move past Kevan Barlow for ninth place.

Mike Shanahan is third in the Big East with 5.5 receptions per game. For his career, he ranks 13th on Pitt's all-time list with 108 career receptions.

Lafayette Pitts is making a mark on special teams. The redshirt freshman is averaging 29.5 yards per kickoff return through two games, good enough to lead the conference. Nicholas Grigsby is tied for 11th in the Big East—and with teammate Jarred Holley—with an average of 8 tackles a game. Shane Gordon is Pitt's leading tackler through two games with 8.5 tackles a game, good enough for ninth among all Big East defensive players.


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