Pitt Football: Inside The Numbers

Pitt entered Saturday's game ranked 90th in the country in total defense, allowing 422.5 yards a game. Check here for an update on where the Panthers rank in some key categories.

Starting with the quarterback position, Tino Sunseri has now completed 62-of-95 passes for 800 yards, 5 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions. His 283-yard, 3-touchdown pass performance earned him Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors. The only two active Big East players with more Player of the Week honors are teammate Ray Graham and South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels. Both Graham and Daniels have earned the honor three times.

It may have been just his second game of the season, but not only was Rushel Shell's 157 yards the best for Pitt on the young season. It's also the top performance in the Big East this season. Pitt is one of two teams (Cincinnati) to have two different players finish with over 100 yards rushing in a game this year.

Mike Shanahan leads Pitt this season with 16 receptions for 224 yards and a touchdown. He finished with a career-game on Saturday; 5 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown. It also marked the first 100-yard game of his career.

Despite the 500+ yard performance on offense, Pitt still ranks fourth in the Big East in both total offense (440.3 yards a game) and rushing offense (173.7 yards a game). The Panthers are still dead last in scoring offense with 22.7 points a game, and next to last (Syracuse) with 27.3 points allowed per game.

Pitt ranks second to Louisville in pass efficiency (149.2) with 5 touchdowns to 2 interceptions in 95 passing attempts. Louisville also has 5 touchdown passes on the season, but with no interceptions in 94 total passing attempts.

The Pitt defense is dead last in the Big East, but took 33 yards off its season average in one week. They're still giving up 389.7 yards a game, but have moved from 90th in the country to 64th this week.

Though Pitt's pass rush increased significantly, that Panthers are still 99th in the country in total sacks--an average of 1 sack per game. They are tied with Louisville in that category.

Pitt is still in the minus column in turnover margin (-.33 per game), but Jason Hendricks quickly ties himself for the conference lead with 2 interceptions on the season. UConn's Dwayne Gratz and Rutgers' Brandon Jones are the only two Big East defenders with two picks on the year.

Shane Gordon is ranked in the top ten in several statistical categories. He is sixth among all Big East defenders with 7.7 tackles per game. He leads Pitt in that category. Gordon is also tied for eighth with 1.5 sacks this season and tied for sixth with 1.33 passes defended per game.

Taking a quick glimpse at career marks. Sunseri remains in sixth-place on Pitt's all-time passing yardage list with 6,102. He needs 368 yards to pass John Congemi (1983-86) to move into fifth place. Ray Graham is sitting at No. 9 on the all-time rushing list with 2,497 career yards. He needs 147 yards to pass Curtis Martin (1991-94) to move into eighth place. Shanahan is in 13th place with 113 career receptions. He is just four catches behind Steve Moyer (1969-71) for 12th place.

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