Pitts Roster Report

<b>Scouting The Offense: </b> Junior QB Tyler Palko has completed 43 of 63 passes for 538 yards and four touchdowns over the past six quarters. Palko operates the Big East's third-best scoring offense (27.3 ppg.) and sixth-best total offense (384.0 ypg.).

Scouting The Defense: Sophomore LB H.B. Blades leads the team with 22 tackles. Junior LB J.J. Horne has managed 2.5 sacks. The Panthers have allowed 27.3 points and 326.0 yards game -- middle-of-the-pack numbers.

Coaches Quote: "For sure it's a no-win situation. It's all about, 'Well, you didn't beat them by enough.' If you lose, like a couple of I-A teams have this year, you're shamed to death." -- Pittsburgh coach Walt Harris on the benefit of scheduling I-AA opponents. The Panthers defeated I-AA Furman, 41-38, in overtime on Saturday.

Tonight's Game: Pittsburgh at Connecticut, Sept. 30 -- The Huskies have a great passing game thanks to the strong arm of Dan Orlovsky, but Pittsburgh will try to get the advantage by jumping out early and hoping the Huskies press and make mistakes in an effort to get their first Big East victory ever.

Players To Watch: RB Raymond Kirkley -- The 5-10, 225-pound senior is averaging 77.0 rushing yards and has scored one touchdown. Kirkley rushed for 108 yards in the win over Furman. It marked the second time he crossed the 100-yard barrier this season.

WR Joe DelSardo -- The former walk-on reeled in seven receptions for 89 yards on Saturday and had the first touchdown catch of his career. DelSardo is a far cry from 2003 Heisman candidate Larry Fitzgerald, but he is Pittsburgh's best wideout option this season.

Injury Report: LB Azzie Beagnyam (ankle), OL John Simonitis (knee), DB Sam Bryant (leg), FB Tim Murphy (ankle) and C Rob Frederick (foot) are questionable for Connecticut.

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