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Notebook: DelSardo made ESPN play of the day

| Monday, Oct. 25, 2004

Joe DelSardo has gone from walk-on to national star. The sophomore wide receiver at Pitt made the play of the day Saturday in college football, according to ESPN. His one-handed, behind-the-head 18-yard touchdown catch in a 41-17 win over Rutgers was shown repeatedly on the highlights. The Seton-LaSalle High School product had eight catches for 102 yards with two TDs against the Scarlet Knights and is forming a solid one-two punch with the Big East's leading receiver, sophomore Greg Lee.

= Panthers center Justin Belarski briefly left the game Saturday for treatment on his shoulder, and it was costly. With the ball at the Rutgers 1, back-up center Chris Vangas and Palko had a bad exchange and Rutgers recovered, foiling a second-quarter scoring opportunity. Palko accepted full blame for the miscue. Belarski later returned and there were no more exchange problems.

= Pitt (5-2, 3-1 Big East) has won 28 of its past 29 games and 17 of 22 in the Big East. ... Rutgers DE Ryan Neill, the Big East leader in sacks, had one against the Panthers. Rutgers, which entered with 24 sacks, had three. ... Pitt QB Tyler Palko threw three TDs for the second time this season and surpassed 300 yards (318 vs. Rutgers) for the second time. ... Pitt's four interceptions Saturday were the most in a game since it had five against Ohio two years ago. ... Tight end Erik Gill scored his first career touchdown on a 5-yard reception. ... Pitt held Rutgers to 56 rushing yards after holding Boston College to the same total the previous week. The Scarlet Knights had one rushing yard in the second half.

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