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Wannstedt: We jumped into a hornets nest out there

Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt doesn’t regret scheduling a season-opener on the road in a hostile environment such as Utah.

During the Big East teleconference today, Wannstedt said, “We jumped into a hornets nest out there. I’ll be the first to admit it. Would it have helped us to get a game under our belt? It’s all hindsight. We didn’t play well though. If we don’t give the cheap touchdown and if we punch one in, we have a chance to win the football game and I probably feel completely different.”

“We’ll learn from it. I promise you we won’t be in a more hostile environment all year long.” 

(on his quarterback Tino Sunseri) “I thought that it got better as the game went on. As that thing started, he walked out staring his first game…I thought that he got better from huddle control, he got better from a communication standpoint on the sidelines, I thought he became more confident. At the end of the game, there was no question he has a good feel for what they were doing and what we had to do in terms of getting the ball to certain people. Every week he is going to improve just as he did throughout the game. As I said at the beginning of the year there’s no easy way to do that. You can read all the Dan Marino magazines on how to play quarterback and it’s not going to help you personally. You have to go out and do it. I was pleased how he progressed during the game. He never went backwards. He really kept his composure. The last play, he knew exactly what happened. He held the ball too long and should have thrown it out of bounds…he was the first to say it.”

Pitt hosts New Hampshire this week.