September 24, 2007

Offensive offense

There is ineffective offense, and then there's Pitt's performance against Connecticut on Saturday night at Heinz Field.

72 yards rushing. 4-of-17 on third down. Six turnovers.

All of which lends itself nicely to the 34-14 blowout the Panthers suffered at the hands of the Huskies.

Perhaps even more frustrating than Pitt's 72 net rushing yards against Connecticut was the way those yards broke down, with freshman standout back LeSean McCoy totaling 70 yards on just 11 carries, a stat that grows in its befuddlement when one considers that McCoy put up 172 yards on 25 carries last week at Michigan State.

In lieu of that production, McCoy rushed just 11 times against Connecticut and junior LaRod Stephens-Howling rushed 6 times for 16 yards.

"LaRod started the game and both of those guys were getting their carries," head coach Dave Wannstedt said. "[McCoy] will get plenty of work, but LaRod's a good football player, too. I just felt like, for what we were trying to do, he gave us as good a chance to win, if we execute.

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