September 23, 2022 By Vaseline

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Pittsburgh (2-1, 0-0 ACC) meets Rhode Island (2-1, 1-1 CAA) in their last non-conference football game of the season at their home Acrisure Stadium this Saturday. The Panthers will then play eight straight ACC games to complete the regular season. Pittsburgh is 19-1 lifetime against FCS opponents. This is the first time Pittsburgh has played Rhode Island on the football field. Pittsburgh’s head coach Pat Narduzzi graduated from Rhode Island (1990) and was a three-year starter at Linebacker (1987-1989). The Panthers have struggled with injuries on both sides of football since the start of the season. Pittsburgh defeated Western Michigan on the road 34-13 last week. Rhode Island lost its first game of the season to Delaware last week, 42-21.

Game time is set at 12 p.m. ET.

AS YOU SEE AND HEAR

TV: ACC network

ONLINE VIDEO STREAMING: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)

ONLINE RADIO STREAMING: 937thefan.raadio.com

FOLLOW: CBS Sports App

ODDS: There is no Vegas line for this game.


PITTSBURGH ON OFFENSE: BY THE NUMBERS

Israel Abanikanda leads the ACC in rushing (64 carries for 304 yards and two touchdowns). Abanikanda has also rushed for 100 yards in each of the last two games. According to PittsburghPanthers.com, he is the first Pittsburgh player to have consecutive 100-yard games since Darrin Hall in 2018. Abanikanda’s emergence in the last two games has helped the Panthers’ offense in both a narrow loss to Tennessee and a late blowout win over Western Michigan. Pittsburgh totaled 417 yards (passing-179 and rushing-238) against Western Michigan last week. Pittsburgh averages 33 points per game and 405 yards per game on total offense (151.7 rushing yards per game and 253.7 yards per passing game). The Panthers converted 14 of 40 third-down attempts (35%). Jared Wayne (13 catches for 265 yards and a touchdown) and Konata Mumpfield (12 catches for 140 yards and a touchdown) lead the Panthers in receiving.

PITTSBURGH ON DEFENSE: BY THE NUMBERS

After giving up a lot of yards to West Virginia in the season opener, Pittsburgh kept their last two opponents (Tennessee and Western Michigan) to under 100 yards. The Panthers currently lead the ACC in defensive touchdowns by two. Pittsburgh currently averages 2.67 sacks per game (4th in the ACC and 27th nationally). They are currently ranked 18th nationally and 4th in the ACC with seven turnovers (four interceptions and three fumbles). Western Michigan was held for 180 total yards and won just 10 first downs against Pittsburgh last week. Pittsburgh has allowed opponents 26.0 points per game so far this season. SirVocea Dennis leads the Pittsburgh in total tackles (20). Brandon Hill (19 total tackles) and Bangally Kamara (18 total tackles) are right behind him. Dennis also leads Pittsburgh in total sacks with 2.5.

RHODE ISLAND ON OFFENSE: BY THE NUMBERS

Rhode Island averages 30.33 points per game. Offensively, they average 396.0 yards per game in total offense (161 yards per game rushing and 235.0 yards per game passing). They converted 14 of 32 third-down attempts and scored seven red-zone touchdowns (13 tries). Kaseem Hill has completed 47 of 89 passes for 705 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions in his first three games. Jaylen Smith (29 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns) and Marques DeShields (32 carries for 185 yards and two touchdowns) lead Rhode Island’s fast attack. Ed Lee (15 catches for 265 yards and two touchdowns) and Kahtero Summers (11 catches for 191 yards and three touchdowns) are Rhode Island’s leading wide receivers.

RHODE ISLAND ON DEFENSE: BY THE NUMBERS

Rhode Island is yielding 25.67 points per game this season. Opponents are averaging 374.7 yards per game on offense (130.3 yards per game rushing and 244.33 yards per game passing). Rhode Island held opponents to 14 total points in the second half of their first three games. Jake First leads the Rams with 17 tackles. AJ Pena leads the team in sacks with 3.5. Rhode Island gave up a total of 610 yards (379 passing yards) to Delaware last week.

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