Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

No Fat Cats, No Problems Panthers' Near-Total Dominance Routs Gardner-Webb, Evens Record at 2-2 Pitt 55, Gardner-Webb 10

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

No Fat Cats, No Problems Panthers' Near-Total Dominance Routs Gardner-Webb, Evens Record at 2-2 Pitt 55, Gardner-Webb 10

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There was no letdown, no slow start, no hangover from the upset victory against Virginia Tech the week before as Pitt took care of business against Gardner-Webb Saturday, pounding the overmatched Runnin' Bulldogs, 55-10.

Pitt (2-2) dominated in all facets, outgaining Gardner-Webb, 626- 127. It was Pitt's biggest output since it put up 645 yards in a double-overtime game against Rutgers in 1997 and most in regulation since a win against Eastern Michigan in '95.

"We didn't get too high, we didn't get too low," receiver Devin Street said. "We knew what we had to do and we just came out here and played."

Quarterback Tino Sunseri had his second consecutive strong game. After passing for 278 yards against Virginia Tech last week, Sunseri completed 18 of 24 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns against the Runnin' Bulldogs (0-4).

"He's just a great quarterback," Street said. "If he has time back there, he'll definitely make the plays."

Street and fellow seniors Cam Saddler and Mike Shanahan each had five catches. Shanahan had two touchdowns, and Street added one. The Panthers added 229 yards on the ground as running backs Ray Graham, Isaac Bennett and Rushel Shell all scored touchdowns.

"Our offense, we can be deadly because we have a lot of weapons," Graham said.

Gardner-Webb showed some signs of offensive life early, reaching the Pitt 21 on its second drive before Trever Austin missed a 40- yard field goal.

On the next play, Graham took a handoff up the middle for a 78- yard touchdown run and a 7-0 Pitt lead with 3:23 to play in the first quarter.

"It was a big, wide hole," Graham said. "It was a big hole for me to go through. Nobody could've missed that."

The Panthers' next four drives started inside the Gardner-Webb 35, thanks largely to poor punting by Gardner-Webb's Bo Lindsey, and two of those drives ended in Kevin Harper field-goal attempts -- one made, one missed. The other two found the end zone.

Early in the second quarter, freshman running back Rushel Shell took a handoff from the 1 and plunged for his first career touchdown. …

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