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Pitt in the NFL: LeSean McCoy helps Eagles to victory

Dave Uhrmacher | October 2, 2012    

Several former Pitt football players enjoyed successful weekends in the NFL, highlighted by a…Several former Pitt football players enjoyed successful weekends in the NFL, highlighted by a 100-yard performance from Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

McCoy (Pitt running back, 2007-2008) seems to dominate the New York Giants in the fourth quarter every time the two meet. And Sunday night was no different, as the Eagles held on to a 19-17 victory against their division rival.

This season, he brought his average yards per carry in the fourth quarter up to a whopping 6.4 yards, more than a full yard greater than his next-best quarter average. In doing so, the Eagles also improved their record to 10-1 in games that McCoy gets more than 20 carries, as compared to a bleak 20-21 record when he does not reach that threshold.

“I think we just stuck with it,” McCoy said after the game. “I just had that feeling — that feeling that I wanted the ball.”

The quietest 4-0 team in football — the Arizona Cardinals — received solid contributions from former Panther Larry Fitzgerald (Pitt wide receiver, 2002-2003) in a 24-21 overtime win against the Miami Dolphins.

Coming off last week, when he was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Fitzgerald had a key reception in a fourth-quarter scoring drive that ultimately sent the game into overtime.

He finished the day with eight receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown.

Meanwhile, LaRod Stephens-Howling (Pitt running back, 2005-2008) was sidelined with a groin injury for the Cardinals on Sunday.

Last week, one of the most influential Panthers in the NFL, Darrelle Revis (Pitt defensive back, 2004-2006), suffered a season-ending ACL tear against Miami. The loss of Revis was evident on Sunday as the Jets were beaten by the San Francisco 49ers, 34-0.

Aaron Berry (Pitt defensive back, 2006-2009) was signed by the Jets to a two-year contract shortly after Revis was injured in an attempt to fill the void at cornerback.

Punting the ball for the 49ers was Andy Lee (Pitt punter, 2000-2003).

In his ninth NFL season, he continues to show his Pro-Bowl caliber form. Last weekend, he was able to pin the Jets’ offense inside the 20-yard line twice, while also recording a booming 61-yard punt, tying his season record.

Jabaal Sheard (Pitt defensive end, 2007-2010) recorded his first sack of the year on Thursday night, in a 23-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He recorded six tackles and played a key role in containing Baltimore’s star rusher, Ray Rice, to only 49 yards on the ground.

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jon Baldwin (Pitt wide receiver, 2008-2010) logged four catches for a total of 50 yards in a 37-20 loss to division-foe San Diego Chargers.

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