October 23, 2007

Pitt keeps moving forward after win

It goes without saying that the Pitt football team (3-4) has every right to enjoy its 24-17 win over Cincinnati last Saturday. The Panthers entered the game riding a four-game losing streak, sitting at 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the Big East, and desperately in need of a win as they sat on the cusp of the meat of their 2007 schedule.

The Bearcats, meanwhile, came to Heinz Field with the nation's No. 23 ranking, which became a bit of icing on the cake when Pitt scored a fourth-quarter touchdown to go ahead for good. And to beat Cincinnati, the Panthers used a combination of dual 100-yard rushers and three forced turnovers, two welcome additions to the Pitt arsenal.

So it's safe to say that the Panthers can enjoy their victory, and Dave Wannstedt said on Monday that there should be some residual value to the win.

"We were kind of at the crossroads," Wannstedt said. "The work ethic has not changed. They won't approach this week any different than they did last week or the week before that, but hopefully deep inside they do get that believing feeling back that they can go out and make some plays and win a game."

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