PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The return of starting quarterback Matt
Bonislawski was not enough to help Connecticut get on the board
against Pittsburgh, let alone pick up a win.
Tyler Palko accounted for two touchdowns and Bonislawski had a
hard time shaking off the rust as the Panthers posted a 24-0
victory over the Huskies in a Big East Conference matchup.
Palko threw a two-yard TD pass to Steve Buches midway through
the first quarter to open the scoring. The quarterback scored
on a one-yard run with 2:02 left in the third quarter top extend
the lead to 21-0.
Bonislawski missed three games with a separated right shoulder
and was not sharp. He completed 18-of-35 passes for 156 yards
but was intercepted three times and sacked four times.
Palko was 12-of-21 for 116 yards for Pitt (5-5, 4-2 Big East),
which was outgained, 299-192, but managed to win its fifth in a
row at home.
The game turned late in the second quarter when Pitt blocked a
26-yard field goal attempt by Matt Nuzie and returned it 71
yards for a TD. Darrelle Revis came untouched off the right
edge and blocked the kick, and Josh Lay scooped up the loose
ball and scored to give the Panthers a 14-0 lead 5:07 before the
The Huskies (4-5, 1-4) have lost four in a row, all in the
conference, and will need victories over South Florida and
Louisville in their final two games to become bowl eligible.
Pitt needs a Thanksgiving night victory over West Virginia to
become bowl eligible.