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Sunseri, Graham lead Pitt by New Hampshire 38-16

Sep 11, 2010 - 9:26 PM By ALAN ROBINSON AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH(AP) -- Tino Sunseri threw for two touchdowns in a span of 5 minutes and backup running back Ray Graham ran for 115 yards and two scores to help Pittsburgh pull away for a 38-16 victory over New Hampshire on Saturday.

Pitt (1-1) bounced back from an opening game overtime loss at No. 20 Utah and denied the Wildcats (1-1) - ranked No. 6 in the Football Championship Subdivision - their sixth consecutive victory over an FBS opponent.

Sunseri, whose interception in overtime led to Pitt's opening game loss, came back to throw a 2-yard scoring pass to Cam Saddler with 18 seconds left in the first half, making it 17-3. Sunseri followed that with a 56-yard TD pass to Jon Baldwin with 4:42 gone in the second half.

Sunseri went 24 of 34 for 275 yards and an interception, while Baldwin made six catches for 100 yards.

Graham, picking up the yards that starter Dion Lewis couldn't gain, ran for touchdowns of 64 and 8 yards in the second half during his first career 100-yard game.

Lewis, a second team All-American while rushing for 1,799 yards as a freshman, was held to 27 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and has 102 yards in two games - or 217 yards fewer than he had last season.

With Lewis struggling to gain yards early, Pitt turned quickly to Sunseri's throwing. Sunseri, a sophomore and the son of Alabama assistant coach Sal Sunseri, repeatedly took advantage of mismatches in size and speed between Pitt's receivers and New Hampshire's defenders to keep drives going.

Sunseri found Saddler for 13 yards and Mike Shanahan for 10 yards ahead of Lewis' 2-yard scoring run that gave Pitt a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter. Sunseri scrambled for 26 yards and a first down at the Wildcats' 11 in the closing minute of the second quarter, and a pass interference penalty on Kyle Flemings led to Saddler's touchdown.

New Hampshire, coming off a 33-7 victory over Central Connecticut State, drove 89 yards in 11 plays for Dontra Peters' 2-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter to get to within 24-10, but Graham's two touchdowns gave Pitt a comfortable 28-point lead.

Peters was held to 15 yards on 11 carries after rushing for 197 in the Wildcats' opener. R.J. Toman was 15 of 29 for 183 yards and an interception as New Hampshire was outgained 445-298.

Pitt is 9-0 against FCS opponents, with its closest call coming in a 48-41 victory over Villanova in 1998.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW HAMPSHIRE 0 3 7 6 16
    PITTSBURGH 10 7 14 7 38 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: PITTSBURGH - FG, DAN HUTCHINS 32 YD, 1:15.
    PITTSBURGH 3-0
    PITTSBURGH - TD, DION LEWIS 2 YD RUN (DAN
    HUTCHINS KICK), 11:08.
    PITTSBURGH 10-0
    2ND QUARTER: NEW HAMPSH - FG, A.J. DELAGO 22 YD, 3

    Sep 11 4:07 PM


  • NCAAF
    NEW HAMPSHIRE 16
    PITTSBURGH 38 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Sep 11 4:07 PM


  • NCAAF
    NEW HAMPSHIRE 16
    PITTSBURGH 38 1:13 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    New Hampshire 16, Pittsburgh 38  4th - 1:13Sep 11 4:03 PM


  • NCAAF
    NEW HAMPSHIRE 10
    PITTSBURGH 38 10:43 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    New Hampshire 10, Pittsburgh 38  4th - 10:43Sep 11 3:43 PM


  • NCAAF
    NEW HAMPSHIRE 10
    PITTSBURGH 31 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Sep 11 3:28 PM


  • NCAAF
    NEW HAMPSHIRE 10
    PITTSBURGH 31 2:20 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    New Hampshire 10, Pittsburgh 31  3rd - 2:20Sep 11 3:21 PM


  • NCAAF
    NEW HAMPSHIRE 10
    PITTSBURGH 24 7:10 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    New Hampshire 10, Pittsburgh 24  3rd - 7:10Sep 11 3:12 PM


  • NCAAF
    NEW HAMPSHIRE 3
    PITTSBURGH 24 10:18 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    New Hampshire 3, Pittsburgh 24  3rd - 10:18Sep 11 3:02 PM


  • NCAAF
    NEW HAMPSHIRE 3
    PITTSBURGH 17 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Sep 11 2:28 PM


  • NCAAF
    NEW HAMPSHIRE 3
    PITTSBURGH 17 0:18 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    New Hampshire 3, Pittsburgh 17  2nd - 0:18Sep 11 2:25 PM


  • NCAAF
    NEW HAMPSHIRE 3
    PITTSBURGH 10 11:54 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    New Hampshire 3, Pittsburgh 10  2nd - 11:54Sep 11 1:49 PM


  • NCAAF
    NEW HAMPSHIRE 0
    PITTSBURGH 10 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Sep 11 1:40 PM


  • NCAAF
    NEW HAMPSHIRE 0
    PITTSBURGH 10 3:52 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    New Hampshire 0, Pittsburgh 10  1st - 3:52Sep 11 1:29 PM


  • NCAAF
    NEW HAMPSHIRE 0
    PITTSBURGH 3 13:45 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    New Hampshire 0, Pittsburgh 3  1st - 13:45Sep 11 1:12 PM