Pitt broke its two-game losing streak, beating Buffalo 20-6. It was not a spectacular performance, but at this point, the Panthers cannot afford to be picky about how their wins look.
Buffalo had more first downs (22 to 13); more total yards (334 to 254) and held the ball for two and a half minutes longer. But the Panthers were able to do enough in less than ideal weather conditions to pull themselves to 3-4.
The defense came up with some crucial plays when needed to avoid the upset bid. Late in the third quarter, Buffalo drove down to the Pitt 25 and decided to go for it. The Bulls threw incomplete and Pitt remained ahead 20-6. Then in the fourth quarter, Buffalo and a fourth-and-9 from the Pitt 33. Ray Vinopal came up with the huge sack. And on its final drive, Buffalo got down to the Pitt 7. Facing fourth-and-goal, Buffalo picked up 2 yards.
Who was credited with the tackle?
That is right, Mason completed his incredible comeback story after sustaining nerve damage in his knee against Miami in early 2010, returning to the starting lineup. If that is the headline moment in an otherwise droll game, that should be it. Mason tied his career high with 11 tackles. What a story.