Pitt’s Graham, Saddler out for the year with injuries

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PITTSBURGH (AP)—Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham will miss the rest of the season after injuring his right knee in the first quarter of last Wednesday’s 35-20 win over Connecticut.

The school said Oct. 27 that Graham, the Big East’s leading rusher, will need surgery to repair the knee. Graham was averaging 134 yards a game for the Panthers but crumpled to the ground just as he was tackled at midfield on Pitt’s first possession against UConn.

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BRIGHT SPOT—Pitt’s Drew Carswell (Sto-Rox) had 3 catches for 45 yards in the Panthers 35-20 win over Connecticut. (Courier Photo/William McBride)

Graham clutched his right knee as he laid on the Heinz Field turf then punched an equipment table as trainers tended to him on the sideline. He was quickly taken off the field on a cart.

The Panthers also lost junior wide receiver Cameron Sadler (fractured sternum) and freshman offensive lineman Matt Rotheram (fractured ankle) for the year after they were injured against the Huskies. Saddler started seven games this season for Pittsburgh, with 19 receptions for 207 yards.

Coach Todd Graham called the injuries “heartbreaking.”

Pitt (4-4, 2-1 Big East) hosts Cincinnati Nov. 5.

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