November 16, 2006
Panthers get run over again by WVU
For 30 minutes of gametime on Thursday night at Heinz Field, it looked like the Pitt football team had the talent, play-making ability, and guts to play with and, just maybe, beat number eight West Virginia. But there was still another 30 minutes to play, and it was during that period of time that the Mountaineers showed just how far the Panthers have to go, out-scoring Pitt 21-0 in the half en route to a 45-27 victory.
In the first half, it looked like Pitt (6-5, 2-4 in the Big East) had figured out the way to play with WVU (9-1, 4-1). In fact, it looked like the Panthers' defense had figured out the way to stop the Mountaineers' vaunted rushing attack, holding the visitors to just 67 yards on the ground for the first thirty minutes. That included limiting WVU's stud running back, sophomore Steve Slaton, to only seven yards on the ground.
Of course, the Panthers weren't able to completely shut down the West Virginia offense: in lieu of an effective running game, sophomore quarterback Pat White completed 10 of 13 first half passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. And they weren't able to completely shut down Slaton, either, as he caught both of the touchdown passes.
"We came out and we wanted to be aggressive on defense," Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt said. "We wanted to take away the run and we were doing that, but they hit us on three or four passes."
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