Pitt beat NC State 34-19 Thursday night to complete an impressive turnaround, by winning 6 straight games, after starting 1-5!!! It was the first bowl win for the Panthers since 1989's Bowl win over Texas A&M. Pitt improved its record to 9-12 all-time in Bowl games. Antonio Bryant was selected as the game MVP after putting on a dominating performance with 7 catches for 101 yards! The Pitt defense set the tone from the very start with punishing hits by Gerald Hayes, Ramon Walker and Torie Cox. The defense was excellent against the run and put so much pressure on the Wolfpack QB that he wasn't able to set himself in the pocket to look for open WR's. Pitt showed off what looks to be a bright future with excellent performances by many young players, including Freshmen Players such as, Rob Petitti, Tyree Young, Marcus Furman, and Raymond Kirkley, plus Sophomores Claude Harriot and Lewis Moore showed they are ready to take over starting positions from departed Seniors for next season. The Seniors also went out playing great football as Mark Ponko, Bryan Knight, David Priestley, RJ English, Joe Conlin, Amir Purifoy, and Brandon Williams all were impressive in making big plays! This win should be huge for recruiting as the Panthers have taken another step in returning the program to national prominence!
Pittsburgh Panthers beat NC State!!!
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