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Finally, football

Posted on: September 3, 2010 1:06 am
Edited on: September 3, 2010 9:27 am
 

At least we're playing football. Not well, at times, but it beats the hell out of suspensions and conference realignment.

Two coaches with national championships on their resumes were at either end of the heartbreak spectrum on opening night. Steve Spurrier and South Carolina posted a decisive victory over Southern Miss while Pittsburgh's Dave Wannstedt lost his third consecutive regular-season game over two seasons, this time to Utah.

 "Put it on me."

That's what Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri told the sideline as the Panthers drove for the tying field goal against Utah late in the fourth quarter.

Panther fans wanted to put something else on him after Pittsburgh's redshirt sophomore quarterback threw a crippling interception in overtime.  Utah's 27-24 victory over No. 15 Pittsburgh was the biggest "upset" of opening night. (Utah was favored by three but was ranked only in the coaches', tied for 24th.) Wannstedt, who won his title as an assistant with Miami in 1987, is trying to break through with his first Big East title.

The Panthers had rallied from a 24-13 deficit in the fourth quarter to tie on Frank Hutchins' 30-yard field goal. On the first play of overtime, Sunseri spotted receiver Mike Shanahan near the sideline but threw behind him. Utah freshman Brian Blechen intercepted setting up an easy win on Utah's first possession. Coach Kyle Whittingham merely centered the ball for kicker Joe Phillips to kick the game winner.

Utah has now won 18 consecutive home games.

Meanwhile, Spurrier won his 18th straight college opener, 41-13 over Southern Miss. The only disappointment for the Spur Dog was that all there was only one passing touchdown.

Spurrier basically said so. That was the South Carolina's coach of masking his glee. Otherwise it might have been the most significant season opener of Spurrier's six seasons with the Gamecocks. The win showed South Carolina had skill, style and brawn -- characteristics they've often lacked under Spur Dog.

Beating a quality Conference USA opponent doesn't exactly announce that Spurrier is back. But it does mean that he hasn't chucked it in, something a lot of us thought we was near at the SEC media days.  It was one of the most complete games of the Spurrier era. The Ol' Ball Coach found  a quarterback and a tailback.

Much-criticized Stephen Garcia threw for 193 yards. True freshman tailback Marcus Lattimore had 54 yards rushing and two touchdowns in his debut.

No Weslye Saunders, no problem. South Carolina's tight end, suspended for the opener, was not needed. Alshon Jeffrey caught seven passes for 106 yards.

 

Comments

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2010 3:09 pm
 

Finally, football

And Dodd's writing has gotten sloppier, to the point where it's kind of pathetic. "That was the South Carolina's coach of masking his glee." That makes no sense at all. "...something a lot of us thought we WAS near at SEC media days." How about we WERE near, there, Dennis? I'm not an English snob that's going to berate somebody for splitting an infinitive or ending a sentence with a preposition. But I do think it's fair to expect basic fifth grade level writing from these "journalists". Either incredibly incompetent writing or (more likely) incredibly careless editing.

And how could anyone have thought Pitt was any kind of favorite? Under Wanny, they are CHOKE ARTISTS. It's what they do, in pretty much every significant game they've played before and after they upset BCSNCG-bound West Virginia in, what, '07? Other than that, Pitt doesn't go on the road and beat anybody of substance.



Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2010 3:08 pm
 

Finally, football

Utah Fan!

Please Utah Fans, as a Pitt alum & fan, Pitt will never play to their talent as long as Stache is the coach. Wait till next year, when your in a BCS conference before going off. Do you really believe you could win any BCS conference? Remember Pitt was traveling cross country w/a new QB, the game wasn't as important as their Big East games. There not a national championship contender, but a BCS bowl contender. Utah plays 1-2 games a year. Pitt plays Utah @ home, they win. They'll play next year, they'll win, and they won't need OT to do it! Utah is a nice team, but your, with no disrespect, a 3-4 loss team in any major conference. Pitt still has to play Miami then travel to ND, before starting the BE schedule. In which they play WVU, Rutgers home, and travel to UConn & S Fla @ night on the road. People underestimate the BE, its a better conference than the ACC 2 out of 3 yrs. Now if Miami and Fla St come on w/VTech, that won't be the case. UNC is in major trouble for cheating again under Lewis, no shock there. There not a player, despite their ranking. Which Pitt beat last year in the bowl.

I for 1, will be rooting for Utah next year, the Pac 10 isn't exactly loaded! But w/USC on probation, I believe it could be more competitive across the board. I hope you guys do well! But any WAC or MT West team that plays the schedule they do (Boise St), shut up. Its the week in week out punishment of the BCS conferences that get you. Any athlete/coach will tell you that. Pitt may win 10 games this year, that's a great season w/their schedule, with all the holes that they needed to fill from last year. I always say, could Boise, TCU or Utah win 10 games in any major conference? NO! They just don't have the athletes to compete week in week out, the pounding that BCS schools must go thru. Utah has sent some very good players to the NFL, several have played for the Steelers, but its a small group compared to BCS schools. Just look @ Pitt, their 9th or 10th overall in NFL players, w/some great ones every year. Most BCS schools can say the same. I say congrats to Utah and their fans, but be realistic. The game was far more important to Utah than Pitt in the overall goals for the season. Best of Luck in the MT West. You have 1 more game left for the season, TCU. Pitt has 5-6 tough ones left. That's the difference BCS schools argue, and their correct. You will soon find out next year. Big wins come weekly, not twice a year. But best of Luck, I hope you guys beat TCU and get a BCS spot, deserved or not. Must say, your fans are great! They surely caused several penalties, keep it up.

Pitt fan being Realistic!



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2010 11:30 am
 

Finally, football

I am so glad to be getting rid of you pathetic Ute fans.  You possess the rare combination of having a group Paranoid-Narcissistic personality disorder coupled together with a Napoleon-syndrome-like inferiority complex.  I am literally stunned at how you can interpret an article written about how Utah beat Pitt to mean anything except that Utah upset Pittsburgh because Pitt was ranked higher and it lost to Utah.  What does BYU have to do with anything...except that Ute fan is still so worried about BYU they can't victories for BLUE!



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2010 9:46 am
 

Finally, football

Um, Pitt's RB is hardly new.  Highest freshman rushing total in country last year and fourth best all time.



Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2010 9:37 am
 

Finally, football

I agree with you that Pitt is overrated again because they usually are.  And I dont know much about Pitt football but they dont have a new running back this year, they do have one of the best backs in the nation in true sophomore Dion Lewis.  



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2010 9:34 am
 

Finally, football

Let me see if I got this straight.  The Utes were "favored" by 3 points, but because you get 3 points for being at home, that means you're not REALLY "favored" because a bunch of biased writers and coaches voted PITT higher before the season even began.  So - on a neutral field, VEGAS would predict a "tie" and no one would be favored.  Even though that scenario "sounds" like an evenly matched "pick-em" game, we default to the stupid polls I guess.  So if PITT wins the game it's expected and if the UTES win the game, it's an upset because they were REALLY supposed to tie the game.  Yep - that makes a lot of sense.  I guess it must be an upset.  Too bad the gamblers who put money on the Utes weren't paid out 3-1 for the big upset.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2010 9:23 am
 

Finally, football

Pittsburgh ranked No. 15. Utah not. You get three points at home for taking the field.




Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2010 9:05 am
 

Finally, football

I'm SO tired of hearing about this "upset"!!! It is NOT AN UPSET.  Utah came in favored by 3....they were basically expected to win by 3 and they won by 3.  How the hell is this an upset



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2010 8:33 am
 

Finally, football

It's also time to recognize that sPITT can't play east of the mississippi to save their life...The Utes played a good game and probably should have blown sPITT out of the water. Utah should be ranked next week not sure why they aren't already...




Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2010 3:30 am
 

Finally, football

Attention Dodd.......it's time to pull your head out and finally recognize the Utes. All summer you have completely ignored them, it's disgusting how much you prefer to cover BYU and favor them. Utes move to the Pac-12 and you barely say anything. Yet you can't write enough articles about the Yners selling their soul and ahtletic program for a measly for games on ESPN.. How many times, let me repeat, how many times does Utah have to beat good teams before you will finally give respect. I am sick of it........pull your head out and give credit.


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