Lewis, Graham struggle against West Virginia
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• Pitt's tailback tandem — Dion Lewis and Ray Graham — struggled to find a rhythm or room to run against rival West Virginia on Friday afternoon. The Mountaineers dominated the trenches, allowing linebackers J.T. Thomas and Anthony Leonard to keep both in check. The Lewis-Graham tandem carried the ball 15 times in the first half for 38 yards; quarterback Tino Sunseri rushed for 38 against the Big East's best run defense. Lewis finished with 34 yards on 11 carries, and Graham had 21 on 10 attempts, but their fumbles were more damaging. "The turnovers prevented us from taking the lead," coach Dave Wannstedt said. "We came out after halftime and gave up one play to begin the second half. Then, the air kind of came out of the balloon."
• The Mountaineers' first three scoring drives covered 119 yards in only seven plays. The Panthers fell behind, 21-7, early in the third quarter after the defense allowed touchdown drives of one, three and three plays.
• Pitt committed a season-high four turnovers: three lost fumbles and an interception. The Panthers had prepared for the Mountaineers' stripping tactics, yet Lewis and Graham still relinquished the ball. "You have to give it to West Virginia," Sunseri said. "They understood that turnovers were the key." Sunseri put the Panthers in an early hole with an interception that gave West Virginia a 7-0 lead. "We really got off to a bad start," he said. "I thought I could make a throw, and it didn't happen. When you play a good team like West Virginia, those mistakes will come back to bite you."
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