Saturday, January 01, 2005
Pitt seeks to guess right vs. unpredictable Utah: "As No. 19 Pittsburgh prepared to face fifth-ranked Utah in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl tonight, Panthers linebacker H.B. Blades was asked to give a scouting report on Utah's offense. 'Utah's offense? Wow,' Blades said. 'It's hard to explain.' The Panthers don't have to explain Utah's attack. All they have to do is stop it, which might be even harder. No one was able to put the brakes on the Utes as they rolled to an 11-0 record and became the first team from an unaffiliated conference to claim a Bowl Championship Series berth. But one team was able to slow Utah, if not stop it. That team? Arizona. The Wildcats lost to the Utes 23-6 Sept. 11 in Tucson. But Arizona limited Utah to season lows in points (23, half of Utah's average, which ranks third in Division I-A) and total yards (326, or 177 below its average, also third in the nation)."