"I see every game as an opportunity to get to the quarterback," Neill said. "But, yes, they have given up a lot of sacks. I've watched the films, though. It's not what you'd think. Most of the sacks they've given up have been on blitzes. They haven't allowed a lot on one-on-one rushes."
Rutgers football: Pitt a good fit to record Neill's first sack
Walt Harris is in his sixth year of rebuilding Pittsburgh's once-proud football program, which was 15-41 in the five seasons before he arrived. Off to a 2-1 start, Pitt is on course for a third consecutive winning season, with the Panthers close to regaining some of their old swagger. As Pitt prepared to meet Rutgers on Saturday, Harris spoke with the media yesterday.
Rutgers football: Pitt's Harris can identify with Schiano
PISCATAWAY -- The moment was three seasons plus three games in the making. In Saturday's 44-0 victory over Army, Rutgers senior wide receiver Sean Carty flashed across the rear of the end zone to haul in his first collegiate touchdown pass. The 6-0, 185-pound senior from Somerville lined up in the slot on the left side, and when quarterback Ted Trump got flushed out of the pocket to the right, he just kept running his route. Trump made eye contact with him and rifled the ball through a crowd. "It was a great throw, a great throw," said Carty. "The feeling was unbelievable. Time was running out for me to get in that end zone. I was so excited after that, I didn't think I was going to be able to get the (point after) hold down."
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Saturday's 44-0 rout of Army played as a salve to the mood of the Rutgers football team.
Gone were the tight, drawn faces and terse answers that followed losses to Villanova and Buffalo. They were replaced by laughter, jokes and Cheshire grins that stretched across the faces of the 105 Scarlet Knights. "It felt great," said quarterback Ted Trump, who threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. "It was probably the greatest feeling I've had after a game in my life. It was like a big huge weight had been lifted off our shoulders."
So now, the all-star pitcher whose father wouldn't let him throw curveballs has tossed a curve into Schiano's obsessively orchestrated plans. Ryan Cubit, the quarterback Schiano started all last year as a freshman and refused to replace in the name of experience accrual, is on the bench, while Trump, a former walk-on with but a year of eligibility, likely won't be heading for the sideline anytime soon. Especially if Schiano's patrolling.
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Looking ahead to Pittsburgh
If you plan to watch the Pitt-Rutgers game Saturday afternoon, keep an eye on Torrie Cox. He's the pulse of the Panthers. He's also a treat. Expect to see him running stride for stride with the Scarlet Knights wide receivers, making big hits at the line of scrimmage, acting like a Kamikaze on special teams and ripping through would-be tacklers as a kick returner.
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Pitt, which hasn't allowed a passing touchdown this season, faces a Rutgers team Saturday that has six passing touchdowns. …. Pitt has scored at least 29 points the past three meetings vs. Rutgers, all wins. …. Junior Brandon Miree is slated to start at tailback for the second consecutive game after running for 97 yards on 32 carries vs. UAB. Backups Raymond Kirkley and Marcus Furman carried two times each.
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The Panthers are now 2-1 on the season and open their Big East regular season schedule Saturday at noon when they face Rutgers at Heinz Field. "Rutgers has been a challenge for us over the years," Harris said. "[Rutgers head coach] Greg Schiano has done a nice job. They present a lot of problems both defensively and offensively with what they do. We'll have to get ourselves ready to play."
The Pitt News - Harris impressed with Rutherford, Miree
Ligashesky declined to go into the specifics of the special teams problems Pitt (2-1) has had heading into its game this week against Rutgers (1-2). There were back-to-back illegal-shift penalties on an extra point against Texas A&M. Pitt didn't make that point-after and lost, 14-12. There was a blocked punt that UAB returned for the game's first touchdown last week, although Pitt came back to win, 26-20. There was one other botched extra point, and two field goals have missed.
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