Injured bodies kept staggering to the Pitt sideline so often Wednesday night during the 35-20 victory against Connecticut that coach Todd Graham stopped counting them.
Of course, the most important injury occurred to running back Ray Graham’s knee. Todd Graham clearly didn’t want to talk about it after game.
He did say that Ray Graham, who watched most of the game while leaning on crutches on the sideline, was in good spirits. Pitt medical personnel will resume examining the knee Thursday, and more information may be available in a day or two. But Pitt is going nowhere if the news about Graham is bad.
Pitt played its fourth game in a row (minus two plays against South Florida) without senior offensive lineman Lucas Nix, who has a lingering knee injury. Guard Matt Rotheram suffered a serious ankle injury during the game. Wide receiver Cam Saddler hurt his shoulder, but he tweeted that he was OK.
Of course, safety Jason Hendricks (shoulder) and senior guard Chris Jacobson (knee) are lost for the rest of the season.
Also, center Ryan Turnley played through a painful foot injury, prompting Todd Graham to gush with pride more than he did about almost anything else that happened Wednesday.
“Ryan Turnley was unbelievable while playing through what he was playing through,” Graham said. “The courage he showed tonight was phenomenal. I can’t say enough about him. He’s a tremendous warrior. I am really proud of him.”
The victory was nice and it kept alive Pitt’s Big East title hopes.
But there are four games left, and winning all four probably is necessary to win the conference championship.
It’s not happening if Ray Graham’s injury is serious.