Pitt defense exposed in loss

Originally Published: September 23, 2003
By Jorge Milian | Special to ESPN.com
Toledo brought Pittsburgh's hopes for a dream season to a sudden halt Saturday thanks to a 35-31 upset.

The defeat not only knocked the Panthers out of the Top 10, but may have exposed a defense that is not as strong as it's been in the recent past.

Toledo quarterback Bruce Gradkowski played like a combination of Joe Namath and Brett Favre against Pittsburgh, completing 49-of-62 passes for 461 yards and three touchdowns while engineering a fourth-quarter rally that overcame a 31-21 deficit.