Fifth-year senior Cedric McGee, who currently wears the No. 1 worn by former Pittsburgh star wideout Larry Fitzgerald, had two catches in the Panthers' Big East victory. But only one for 14 yards made the final stats. The other was for a two-point conversion to account for his first points this season and push Pitt into a 21-21 tie with Connecticut with 7:35 remaining.
Pitt fifth-year senior quarterback Bill Stull rolled to his right, looked off covered tight end Dorin Dickerson in the flat and fired into the back of the end zone for a leaping McGee. He beat the UConn defender to the spot and the ball for the two points.
"We had Dorin coming in motion from the tight end side going to the right side,'' Stull explained. "He was running a quick little out route. Usually, my read, I take three steps. If he isn't open take five. If he isn't open, (then I) go to the next read, which was Ced. He did a great job.
"The hole wasn't open, but he went back toward the pylon. And that was when he got open. Finally, we connected on one. For Ced to be a part of that was awesome. It was emotional.''
McGee's other catch was even more important. On a third-and-five play during Pitt's game-winning drive, McGee caught a pass near the far sideline and slipped past two defenders for a 14-yard gain with about two minutes remaining.
"We had some guys make plays today who haven't had many opportunities
to make difference-making plays,'' Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said. "We have a
great senior leadership group. ... Guys like Nate Byham, Ced, Jarred Holley, they stepped up today when we needed them.''
McGee certainly belongs in that group.
"I knew we were gonna fight to the end,'' Stull said. "That's our team. That's the way we've been programmed.''
And for No. 1 at Pitt, it was par for the course.
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