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New Mexico (1-1) at Pittsburgh (0-1)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 14, 12:30 p.m. (et).

FACTS & STATS: Site: Heinz Field (65,500) -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Television: ACC Network, ESPN3.com. Home Record: UNM 0-1, Pittsburgh 0-1. Away Record: UNM 1-0, Pittsburgh 0-0. Neutral Record: UNM 0-0, Pittsburgh 0-0. Conference Record: UNM 0-0, Pittsburgh 0-1. Series Record: First-ever meeting.

GAME NOTES: Back in action after an early break in the schedule, the Pittsburgh Panthers again shoot for their first win of 2013 as they host the New Mexico Lobos in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst is coming off a 6-7 campaign in 2012 and not only watched the Panthers lose their 2013 opener to Florida State on Labor Day, 41-13, it also counted as one strike against a Pittsburgh squad which is now a member of the ACC as well.

While the Panthers are trying to bounce back from their season-opening loss to the Seminoles, New Mexico has already accomplished that feat and now sports a record of 1-1. Following a 21-13 setback at home in Albuquerque versus Texas- San Antonio, the Lobos hit the round and responded with a 42-35 overtime win against UTEP last Saturday.

While this may be the first-ever game between the schools on the football field, there is one significant connection between the two programs with New Mexico head coach Bob Davie having once been an assistant coach for the Panthers under both Jackie Sherrill and Foge Fazio.

A dramatic defensive stand in overtime, limiting Texas-El Paso from gaining a first down by barely an inch, preserved the seven-point win for New Mexico last Saturday.

The Lobos had lost 15 straight games played in the Lone Star State, but Kasey Carrier made sure that wouldn't happen again as he ran for 291 yards and four touchdowns on a career-high 41 attempts. The yardage total for Carrier, the most by an FBS player thus far in 2013, was second only to the 338 yards he logged versus Air Force last season when he averaged 122.4 ypg to rank 12th nationally.

New Mexico finished with 395 yards and a total of six scores on the ground, the other two coming from quarterback Clayton Mitchem who hit on 4-of-7 passes for 88 yards through the air.

Defensively, UNM didn't have any noteworthy performances other than David Guthrie who registered two of his four tackles for loss, one of those being the only sack of the game for the Lobos.

With Carrier, the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week, leading the nation in rushing with 172.5 ypg, it should not come as a surprise that New Mexico as a team is 18th in the country with 294.0 ypg. However, if the passing attack doesn't get on track, a meager 86.0 ypg through the air (121st nationally), it isn't going to be nearly enough to keep the Lobos in contention most of the time.

However, there are a couple of other positives UNM can take with it into the meeting with Pittsburgh, including an average of only two penalties per outing and a net punting average of 44.1 yards, both of which are some of the best marks in the nation right now.

Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage threw a four-yard TD pass to Manasseh Garner early in the first quarter against Florida State to give the hosts the lead in the opener, but from there the Panthers could muster only a pair of field goals, on their way to a four-touchdown loss in front of the hometown crowd. Savage finished the outing 15-of-28 for 201 yards and was picked off twice.

Devin Street, a Biletnikoff Award candidate, caught six passes for a career- high 141 yards, but even that efforts was not nearly enough to keep the Panthers competitive. Street is now only 22 receptions shy of becoming the all-time leading pass catcher in program history, but he'll more than likely draw that much more attention to himself as well.

Last season, Pitt ranked 20th in the country in pass defense with only 194.2 ypg allowed, but against Florida State the Panthers proved to be far too lenient in that area, permitting a hefty 377 yards, leading to four touchdowns, which means the squad needs to tighten the reins in that department.

If nothing else, the Panthers will be able to improve on their pass defense simply for the fact that UNM doesn't really bother to put the ball in the air all too often. However, Pittsburgh will have its hands full trying to regroup on defense after every run play and each time Carrier comes breaking through the line of scrimmage.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: New Mexico 28, Pittsburgh 21

09/11 10:32:18 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ROC 1
DUR 2
 
1:05pm Wednesday
ROC
DUR
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
9th
HOU 4
BAL 1
 
Final
KAN 1
NYY 5
Final
MIA 1
PIT 5
 
9th
WAS 2
CHC 3
 
8th
CWS 9
TOR 7
 
Final
COL 1
CIN 2
 
9th
PHI 4
NYM 4
 
8th
SEA 2
TAM 3
 
6th
TEX 3
CLE 3
 
2nd
BOS 0
MIN 2
 
6th
SFG 5
MIL 1
 
5th
ARI 4
STL 6
 
10:05pm Tonight
DET
OAK
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
10:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
12:10pm Wednesday
TEX
CLE
 
12:35pm Wednesday
COL
CIN
 
12:35pm Wednesday
MIA
PIT
 
12:37pm Wednesday
CWS
TOR
 
1:05pm Wednesday
KAN
NYY
 
1:10pm Wednesday
BOS
MIN
 
1:10pm Wednesday
PHI
NYM
 
1:10pm Wednesday
SEA
TAM
 
1:40pm Wednesday
SFG
MIL
 
3:35pm Wednesday
DET
OAK
 
4:35pm Wednesday
HOU
BAL
 
8:05pm Wednesday
WAS
CHC
 
8:15pm Wednesday
ARI
STL
 
10:05pm Wednesday
SDP
ANA
 
10:10pm Wednesday
ATL
LOS
 
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
3rd
ATL 48
CLE 67
 
9:00pm Wednesday
HOU
GSW
 
8:30pm Thursday
CLE
ATL
 
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
8:30pm Saturday
ATL
CLE
 
2nd Intermission
NYR 2
TAM 1
 
8:00pm Wednesday
ANA
CHI
 
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 1
DUR 2
 
1:05pm Wednesday
ROC
DUR
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR