November 3, 2007

Pitt gets past Syracuse 20-17

In the end, someone had to win when the Pitt football team hosted Syracuse at Heinz Field on Saturday. Fortunately for the announced crowd of 31,374, it was the home team that pulled out the victory, as the Panthers beat the Orange 20-17.

"A variety of emotions, but getting the win is the most important one," Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt said. "Coming into this game, it's easy for people, players, coaches, fans, to kind of fall into a trap and kind of think that any game is going to be easy."

Of all the adjectives that could be applied to Pitt's win, 'easy' is probably not one of them. In fact, the Panthers (3-5 overall, 2-2 Big East) had to work quite hard all the way down to the last second to ensure the three-point victory.

From the start, it was clear that nothing was going to come easy on Saturday afternoon. Both teams traded three-and-outs to open the game before Pitt put together the longest drive either team would manufacture in the game, a 15-play, 80-yard march that began at the Panthers' own 19 but came to a grinding halt when Pitt couldn't put the ball in the end zone on three tries from the 1.

"That was rough," said junior fullback Conredge Collins, who got the call on Pitt's first attempt from the one. "Good teams make plays; either you're going to make a play or they're going to make a play."

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