Pitt-Iowa Highs And Lows

There were more big plays in Pitt's 21-20 win against Iowa Saturday at Heinz Field than there were nearly all of last season, so here are one person's list of highs and lows from the game:

The Biggest Play: Pittsburgh defensive tackle Mick Williams sacks Iowa quarterback Jake Christensen on third-and-10 in the waning minutes. Williams is blocked, but uses his amazing strength and athleticism to reach out and knock him down. It forced a punt, and the Panthers run more time off the clock.

The Biggest Play II: Pitt FINALLY forced a turnover to seal the win. Redshirt frosh DE Tony Tucker caused a fumble by Christensen, and redshirt sophomore DE Greg Romeus recovered it.

Playing Not To Lose: Pitt goes three-and-out three straight possessions after an wonderful 80-yard scoring drive that gave the Panthers the lead.

It's About Time: Pitt came out throwing and quickly moved the ball into scoring range with downfield passing. Redshirt junior quarterback Bill Stull hits fifth-year senior wideout Derek Kinder for 20 yards on second down to get past midfield and junior wideout T.J. Porter for 13 on a first-down play a short time later.

It's About Time II: On fourth-and-two from the 40, Pitt actually went for it, and Stull hit senior fullback Conredge Collins for six yards and a first down.

It's About Time III: Junior QB Greg Cross comes in and runs for a 17-yard touchdown on his first play from scrimmage this season. Four Iowa players missed tackles, as Cross cruised into the end zone.

Enough Is Enough: Junior cornerback Aaron Berry muffed he first punt he fielded and lost four yards. The next time he lost one yard. Berry needs to concentrate on being a cornerback, and someone else needs to be in there.

Enough Is Enough II: Sophomore tailback LeSean McCoy fumbles on Pitt's first play from scrimmage. It was well-deserved with the way he carried the ball.

Stepping Up: Junior Jovani Chappel probably played his best game with xx tackles and xx pass breakups. He was all over the field and led Pitt in tackles, coming up to support the run, covering the wideouts and making all ball carriers pay with big hits.

The Good: Stull's six-yard scoring run on a quarterback draw.

The Bad: Pitt's defense giving up a 32-yard run to Shonn Greene on second-and-19 play. Greene finished with 23 carries for 147 yards rushing.

The Bad II: The Panthers allowing a 48-yard pass from Ricky Stanzi to tight end Tony Moeaki and 40-yarder from Jake Christensen to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos.

The Ugly: Stull's interception toss to Amari Spievey and a 19-yard return in the first half.

Surprise, Surprise: Representatives from the Citrus Bowl were in attendance.

Pleasant Surprise: Pitt punter Dave Brytus averaged 47.8 yards per kick, including a booming 60-yarder that just missed going out at the goal line. Brytus also crushed a 57-yarder to put Iowa inside the 1 with 2:19 remaining.

The Sweet Carolina Effect: Stull ran for three yards on fourth-and-one, and then McCoy blew past the Iowa defense on his way to a 27-yard touchdown run. All this came after the third-quarter intermission and Pitt's rendition of the Neil Diamond hit.

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