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USF vs. Pitt, 7, ESPN2, 98.7-FM, 1010-AM
The Panthers (5-6, 2-4 Big East) have been hard to figure, opening with a loss to Division I-AA Youngstown State but taking now-No. 1 Notre Dame to triple overtime, then dominating Rutgers last week. QB Tino Sunseri has had a stellar season: 2,892 yards and 18 touchdowns against two interceptions. He has two big targets with 800-plus yards in Devin Street and Mike Shanahan, and RB Ray Graham needs just 52 yards to reach 1,000. The Bulls (3-8, 1-5) get a second start from redshirt freshman QB Matt Floyd, who has started slow in his previous two games but moved the ball well late in losses to Miami and Cincinnati.
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Which USF senior can go out with the biggest bang? Defensive leaders such as CB Kayvon Webster, LB Sam Barrington and DT Cory Grissom need to make the splash plays the Bulls have lacked all season, still with just two interceptions in 11 games. On offense, it's the final game for RB Demetris Murray, and senior linemen Danous Estenor and Mark Popek hope to return from injury for their final game. Could senior K Maikon Bonani finish his career with a winning kick, the same way he opened it with a winner against Kansas in 2008.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer