Boston College - Pittsburgh Matchup

The Boston College Eagles will look to improve their Big East record to 2-0 when they take on Pittsburgh this week at Heinz Field. The game will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at Noon. The Eagles will be coming off a bye week. The Panthers scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Temple 27-22 on Saturday. Pittsburgh has beaten BC two consecutive years and three of the last four times in Pittsburgh.

The Quarterbacks
Paul Peterson -- 59.3% comp, 1,035 yards, 8 TD, 6 INT
Tyler Palko -- 55.0% comp, 1,115 yards, 7 TD, 5 INT

Top Rushers
Andre Callender -- 291 yards, 4.2 ypc, 1 TD
  A.J. Brooks -- 280 yards, 6.4 ypc, 3 TD
  L.V. Whitworth -- 201 yards, 5.6 ypc, 1 TD
Raymond Kirkley -- 344 yards, 3.7 ypc, 3 TD
  Tyler Palko (QB) -- 97 yards, 1.7 ypc, 1 TD

Top Receivers
Grant Adams (WR) -- 15 catches, 242 yards, 2 TD
  Mark Palmer (RB) -- 15 catches, 112 yards, 1 TD
  Joel Hazard (WR) -- 12 catches, 124 yards, 2 TD
Greg Lee (WR) -- 22 catches, 480 yards, 4 TD
  Joe DelSardo (WR) -- 17 catches, 213 yards, 1 TD
  Raymond Kirkley (RB) -- 15 catches, 117 yards, 0 TD

Top Defenders
Mathias Kiwanuka (DE) -- 25 tackles (9 for losses), 4 sacks
  Will Blackmon (CB) -- 26 tackles, 2 INT
  T.J. Stancil (FS) -- 25 tackles, 1 INT
H.B. Blades (LB) -- 44 tackles (7.5 for loss)
  Clint Session (LB) -- 38 tackles, 1 INT
  Derrelle Revis (LB) -- 20 tackles, 8 passes broken up

The Kickers
Ryan Ohliger -- 5/8 FG, 11/12 PAT
Josh Cummings -- 7/9 FG, 15/15 PAT

The Punters
Johnny Ayers -- 41.8 yards per kick
Adam Graessle -- 42.7 yards per kick

The Kick Returners
Will Blackmon -- 35.8 yds per KO return (1 TD),
10.9 yds per punt return
Marcus Furman -- 28.5 yards per KO ret
  Allen Richardson -- 3.4 yards per punt return

Final Analysis

The Eagles have suffered crushing defeats against Pittsburgh the past two years. In 2002, the Eagles were practically running out the clock before a furious Pitt comeback in the final two minutes of the game ruined what would have been a big road win. Last season, the Big East referees played a large role late in the game. This year, there is no reason why this game should be close in the fourth quarter. The Panthers are not nearly as good as their 3-2 record indicates. Pitt needed to score 21 fourth quarter points to beat both Furman and Temple. That's the same Temple that gave up 70 points to Bowling Green the week before.

Offensively, the Panthers best chance is with the passing game. Wide receiver Greg Lee is no Larry Fitzgerald, but he is on pace for a 48 reception, 1,000 yard season. The BC defensive line should be able to dominate the line of scrimmage as Pitt ranks 100th in the nation in rushing offense despite their weak schedule. Mathias Kiwanuka should be a factor against a Pitt offensive line that has given up 16 sacks in five games.

The BC offense should also have success against a Pitt defense that has been mediocre against both the run and the pass. Still, the Eagles cannot take Pittsburgh for granted. This is a road game and Pitt has shown the ability to score quickly late in the game. If the Eagles play smart, they should come away with an easy win.

Final Score: Boston College 30 Pittsburgh 17

Pitt Links
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Pittsburgh by the Numbers

Pittsburgh has outscored their opponents 56-19 in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers have been outscored 49-16 in the second quarter.
Pitt quarterbacks have been sacked 16 times through five games.

Statistic BC PITT
Offense - Run 32 100
Offense - Pass 58 39
Defense - Run 8 50
Defense - Pass 18 49