by Diane Larche
The Pitt Panthers have had a week off and time to mend any injuries received over the past five weeks before facing a road trip to Virginia Tech on Oct. 16 at 3:30 p.m.
The Panthers are fresh off of a big win over the Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta where the final score was 52-21. It could have been higher as the the Panthers opted to run out the clock on the one yard line and forego upping the huge lead. Pitt has defeated Georgia Tech in the last four meetings of the teams.
Georgia Tech was still basking in the glow of victory after defeating #21 North Carolina at a game held at the Mercedes Benz Stadium and nearly defeating #6 Clemson just a few weeks before. But then they ran into the golden arm of The University of Pittsburgh’s QB Kenny Pickett.
Pitt QB Pickett and company came to Atlanta and Bobby Dodd Stadium and trounced the Yellow Jackets winning the game by a landslide 52-21. Pitt could have scored more on Tech’s one yard line at the end of the game but chose to let the clock run down. It was Pitt’s first Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC) game. They have defeated Tech in the last four meetings.
Pickett’s name has surfaced as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate this year. On Saturday he completed 23 of 36 passes for 389 yards and four touchdowns. “He’s made a lot of money for himself coming back, I can tell you that,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. “He should be a Heisman candidate. They guy is so smooth, so calm… a smart football player, he put the work in and he deserves what he is getting right now, said Pitt Coach Pat Narduzzi.”
Pitt started out fast with a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on plays including a pick 6 interception of Tech’s quarterback Jeff Sims by Pitt linebacker John Petrishen. Pitt stopped the Jackets multiple times in the red zone on the one-yard line and on fourth down and one. Pitt WR Jordan Addison had a touchdown in the first quarter. Attendance was 38,383 at Bobby Dodd. Pitt’s total yards were 580. They had 42 points before the half.
Pitt wide receiver Jordan Addison had six receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown and Taysir Mack had 5 and 121 yards and one touch down.
All remaining games are ACC teams with Clemson coming to Pittsburgh on October 23, the University of Miami in town October 30, and Pitt visiting Duke Nov 6. The final two games are home games for Pitt with UNC coming to town on November 11 and Virginia on November 20.
If things continue to go in their favor the Panthers should see a Bowl game this year and possibly more.