November 17, 2007
Pitt falls to Rutgers
Put Pitt's 20-16 loss to Rutgers on Saturday in the "one that got away" column.
With four forced turnovers and consistent favorable field position, the Panthers had the Scarlet Knights in the cross-hairs virtually the entire game, but as has been the case numerous times this season, Dave Wannstedt's team fell short of maximizing its opportunities.
The missed opportunities came to a head on Pitt's final stand in the game when, trailing by four points at the Rutgers 6 yard line, Pat Bostick threw for Oderick Turner in the end zone. Turner made what looked to be a legitimate touchdown catch, but offensive pass interference was called and the Panthers were backed up 15 yards to the Rutgers 21. On the next play, Bostick looked for tight end Darrell Strong in the end zone, but Strong couldn't get a sight on the ball and Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty picked it off, ending the Panthers' chances.
By and large, Saturday's game was almost a comedy of errors for Pitt's offense. Starting quarterback Bostick completed 3-of-10 passes for 35 yards in the first half and took 3 sacks, leading the coaching staff to insert redshirt freshman Kevan Smith into the lineup for the second half. Smith had been replaced by Bostick earlier in the season, but on Saturday he completed 7-of-11 passes for 82 yards and rushed five times for 18 yards (most of which were negated by sacks).
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