Notebook: DelSardo made ESPN play of the day
Joe DelSardo has gone from walk-on to national star. The sophomore wide receiver at Pitt made the play of the day Saturday in college football, according to ESPN. His one-handed, behind-the-head 18-yard touchdown catch in a 41-17 win over Rutgers was shown repeatedly on the highlights. The Seton-LaSalle High School product had eight catches for 102 yards with two TDs against the Scarlet Knights and is forming a solid one-two punch with the Big East’s leading receiver, sophomore Greg Lee.
= Panthers center Justin Belarski briefly left the game Saturday for treatment on his shoulder, and it was costly. With the ball at the Rutgers 1, back-up center Chris Vangas and Palko had a bad exchange and Rutgers recovered, foiling a second-quarter scoring opportunity. Palko accepted full blame for the miscue. Belarski later returned and there were no more exchange problems.
= Pitt (5-2, 3-1 Big East) has won 28 of its past 29 games and 17 of 22 in the Big East. … Rutgers DE Ryan Neill, the Big East leader in sacks, had one against the Panthers. Rutgers, which entered with 24 sacks, had three. … Pitt QB Tyler Palko threw three TDs for the second time this season and surpassed 300 yards (318 vs. Rutgers) for the second time. … Pitt’s four interceptions Saturday were the most in a game since it had five against Ohio two years ago. … Tight end Erik Gill scored his first career touchdown on a 5-yard reception. … Pitt held Rutgers to 56 rushing yards after holding Boston College to the same total the previous week. The Scarlet Knights had one rushing yard in the second half.