Pitt football now bowl eligible

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The Pitt football team is bowl eligible after Saturday’s 27-3 victory over South Florida at Raymond James Stadium.


Quarterback Tino Sunseri completed 19 of 25 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown, nine of them to Mike Shanahan, who had 116 yards receiving.


Running back Ray Graham carried 26 times for 93 yards and two touchdowns, and backup Rushel Shell ran 11 times for 54 yards.


Pitt, which was playing without wide receiver Cam Saddler (disciplinary reasons), held South Florida (3-9, 1-6) to just 115 total yards.


Kicker Kevin Harper made 25- and 27-yard field goals in the second quarter for the Panthers (3-4, 6-6), who could be headed to another appearance in the BBVA Compass Bowl.


Pitt held the ball for 41 minutes, 17 seconds compared to just 18:01 for South Florida, which helped offset the Panthers’ 13 penalties for 100 yards. Freshman tight end J.P. Holtz caught three passes for 18 yards and a 2-yard touchdown from Sunseri in the third quarter.


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