Sun Bowl – Dec 31

Pittsburgh Panthers (7-6) vs Stanford Cardinals (8-4)

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PITTSBURGH | ATLANTIC COASTAL CONFERENCE

Coach: Pat Narduzzi

Pittsburgh Players to watch:

Senior RB Darrin Hall (5-11/220)

Hall needs 65 yards in the Sun Bowl to reach 1,000 for the season.
Photo: KFGO.com

Darrin Hall and Quadree Ollison were arguably the top tailback tandem in the ACC this past season. The Panthers have never had a 1,000-yard rushing duo but are on the cusp of that historic first. Ollison is already over the 1,000 yard mark, while Hall has rushed for 935 yards and nine touchdowns on 123 carries (7.60 avg.).

Senior LT Stefano Millin (6-5/305)

The Panthers’ offensive front has paved the way for a ground game that ranks 18th nationally (232.7 avg.). Millin was a key addition for the unit this past offseason, joining the Panthers as a graduate transfer from Kent State. He has started all 12 games at left tackle.

**Sophomore K Alex Kessman (6-3/190)

Kessman leads the Panthers in scoring with 68 points on 10-of-13 field goals and 38-of-40 PATs. He has displayed one of the strongest legs in college football, kicking six field goals of more than 50 yards over the past two years. 

**Sophomore OC Jimmy Morrissey (6-3/295)

Morrissey has maned Pitt’s center position for 23 consecutive starts, he had his all-star season cut short due to an injury sustained late in the Nov. 17 Wake Forest victory. Due to the injury, Morrissey is NOT expected to play.

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STANFORD | PAC-12 CONFERENCE

Coach: David Shaw

Stanford Players to watch:

**Sophomore CB Paulson Adebo (6-1/188)

Stanford cornerback Paulson Adebo (11) intercepts a pass in the fourth quarter of a football game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.
Photo: AP/John Hefti

In his first year of action, the Mansfield, Texas, native leads the country with a school-record 20 pass breakups and 24 passes defended (four interceptions). Quarterbacks have just a 56.9 NFL passer rating when targeting him this season.

**Sophomore LT Walker Little (6-7/317)

Little has started all 12 games for the Cardinal at left tackle. The 2017 Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Co-Player of the Year has protected the blind side of Costello, who has produced the third-most passing yards and second-most touchdowns in a season in school history. 

*Junior WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (6-3/221)

With 31 yards in the Sun Bowl, Arcega-Whiteside will reach the 1,000 yard receiving plateau. He currently has 60 receptions for 969 yards and 14 touchdowns. He started the season with 226 yards vs San Diego State that included a season long 80-yard reception.

**Sophomore TE Kaden Smith (6-5/253)

For the season, Smith has 47 catches for 635 yards and two touchdowns and is averaging 63.5 yards per game. Smith has also grown immensely as a run blocker this entire year. In a recent interview, he credits former Stanford tight ends Dalton Schultz and Zach Ertz, both now in the NFL, for helping him get better.

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Hyundai Sun Bowl
Stanford 14, Pittsburgh 13

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