Pitt's Wannstedt singles out offensive line
Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt labeled the offensive line play "inconsistent" and called it one of the Panthers' two problem areas, along with quarterback.
"We should be better, we expect to be better, we have to be better," he said, "if we're going to improve as an offense."
Wannstedt said sophomore right tackle Jason Pinkston (shoulder) is "not 100 percent healthy," meaning fifth-year senior Mike McGlynn is likely to start at right tackle for the second consecutive game. Wannstedt said sophomore Joe Thomas "has struggled" at right guard, so redshirt sophomore tackle John Bachman could see time there.
Pitt had a delay of game on a kickoff after a television timeout in the fourth quarter that necessitated a call the Big East Conference offices for an explanation.
"I guess, after a TV timeout, they did tell the kicker (Cody Sawhill), 'You've got 25 seconds to kick the ball' once they handed it to him," Wannstedt said. "There was no whistle blown, so he was standing there holding the ball, waiting for the whistle and time expired."
Receiver Oderick Turner was flagged on successive plays, first for an illegal shift, then a false start, early in the first quarter.
"The one there was no excuse for, and he'll be the first to tell you," Wannstedt said. "The other one, it was late in the huddle being called. He didn't hear it. He was asking (quarterback) Kevan (Smith), 'Give it to me again' and he ran to the line of scrimmage and as he was lining up they snapped the ball. It really wasn't his fault. It was a communication thing between those two."
8 - Penalties committed by Pitt against Connecticut, totaling 57 yards.