Bearcats back in it

PITTSBURGH -- Tony Pike didn't get benched after all, and it turned out to be a good decision.

Pike connected with Mardy Gilyard for a 68-yard touchdown bomb to make it 31-24. Pitt's defensive backs got turned around and couldn't catch up with Gilyard, who made a terrific adjustment on the ball.

Even more impressive is the adjustment Cincinnati has made defensively, stopping Pittsburgh on each of its first two possessions. Don't write the obituary yet for the defending Big East champs. Pitt is going to need to keep scoring to win this game.