A couple of quick notes before putting the 12th Pitt game of the season to bed:
– Coach Paul Chryst acknowledged what he called “bad football” against South Florida. And it was played by the winning team. The Pitt offense committed 10 of the 13 penalties called against the Panthers, including six false starts in a stadium that was not noisy.
– Tight end J.P. Holtz has scored a touchdown every four times he has made a catch (3/12).
– The defense has allowed one touchdown in the past 10 quarters.
– Outside linebacker Todd Thomas returned an interception 33 yards — from the Pitt 5-yard line to the 38 — when he had little else but open field in front of him. Thomas said prior to his knee injury, he might have scored on the play. “I’m not 100 percent yet, but probably around next year in the spring, I’ll be ready to roll. I think I’ll get my giddy-up back.”
– Chryst didn’t rule out allowing senior wide receiver Cam Saddler to return to the team for the bowl game. “We’ll see,” Chryst said. Saddler was suspended for the South Florida game for disciplinary reasons.
– Pitt possessed the football for 41 minutes, 30 seconds vs. USF, more than 2/3 of game. That’s the first time the Panthers have held the ball for more than 40 minutes since beating Rutgers in 1988.
– Who knew that when Tino Sunseri threw an interception in the first half of the Cincinnati game way back on Sept. 6, he would throw only one more the rest of the season?
– With two in 361 attempts, Sunseri has been picked off about one-half of 1 percent of the time (.00554).
– Math teachers, feel free to check my arithmetic.