Opposing Offenses Unwilling to Test Pitt's Revis

By Gorman, Kevin | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 22, 2006 | Go to article overview

Opposing Offenses Unwilling to Test Pitt's Revis


Gorman, Kevin, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Darrelle Revis can count on both hands the number of times quarterbacks have passed the ball in his direction, and their success rate on just two fingers.

This has been a quiet season for the Pitt junior cornerback - a first-team All-Big East selection, All-American candidate and Thorpe Award semifinalist - since he returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns in the first two games.

"I'm the type of guy, if you come on my side, run or pass, I'm going to shut it down," Revis said. "I don't want anything coming on my side. I want to stop everything."

So Revis is eagerly anticipating a showdown against Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm and receivers Harry Douglas and Mario Urrutia, who form the Big East's best passing offense at 275.20 yards per game, when No. 8 Louisville (9-1, 4-1) visits Pitt (6-5, 2- 4) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Heinz Field. The game will be televised on ESPN.

"I know Brohm is going to come at me," Revis said. "I've been looking forward to it all year, and I'm going to have to strap it up and play."

Revis is hoping to duplicate his performance against West Virginia, when he made one of the greatest plays in Pitt history and of this college football season with a dazzling 79-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the first half.

The 6-foot, 200-pounder fielded a punt near the left hash and sprinted to his right. After a devastating block by Derek Kinder, who leveled two Mountaineers in one blow, Revis turned the corner and eluded two more defenders. He sprinted along the home sideline, then slowed to elude the kicker before spinning off another player at the 5.

"It went real slow, like it was something like 'The Matrix,' " Revis said. "It was one of those plays that, when I looked at it on film, I didn't know I did all of that and that guys blocked for me that much. It was a great play."

One that gave the Panthers a brief lead but was ultimately overshadowed by breathtaking scoring plays by West Virginia's Steve Slaton and Pat White. Instead of becoming a play remembered as legendary as Larry Fitzgerald's catch against Texas A&M, it was a highlight among highlights. …

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