Saturday, October 3, 2015

Pitt 17 Virginia Tech 13

Well, well, well, Pitt has a team perhaps, mainly because they seem to have an excellent defense. Some thoughts:

1.  Defense, defense, defense.  Wow.  Virginia Tech isn't an offensive juggernaut, but Pitt held them to 100 total yards and had seven sacks. Just unreal.

2.  Juan Price was the player of the game and was an absolute demon on the pass rush. I keep forgetting that he could get a sixth year of eligibility next year. He's finally healthy, and if he stays healthy, and returns next year, Pitt's defensive ends will be ridiculous.

3.  The offense was not great, and there's a lot of criticism for Jim Chaney, but the truth is, outside of Tyler Boyd, the Panthers really don't have an exceptional skill player. And Boyd didn't have his best game. Virginia Tech goes all out on the pass rush, and the result was that Nathan Peterman spent most of the time running for his life. But when he had time he connected. Peterman ended up going 9-15 for 110 yards, a TD, and no interceptions. Truthfully, he did as well as he could, and at least didn't make any mistakes. When he had time he was also pretty accurate. Voytik came in and pretty much just ran every time he was in there. He ended up with 37 yards on 5 carries.

4.  Boyd ended up with 5 catches for 48 yards, and he also fumbled a punt that the Panthers recovered.

5.  Quadree Ollison ran hard and impressed with 122 yards on 19 carries, plus a TD. Pitt ran for 166 yards.

6.  Because of the sacks, Virginia Tech had 33 rushes for 9 yards. That's not a typo.

7.  The defense also had 7 sacks and help Virginia Tech to 100 total yards. No other way to say it other than dominating.

8.  Virginia Tech quarterback Brendon Motley was 9-20 for 91 yards, and a TD. He was also intercepted by Terrish Webb, Avonte Maddox, and Mike Caprara.

9.  With Virginia coming in next week, barring a letdown, Pitt should be 4-1, and has a real chance to be 6-2 when Notre Dame comes to town.

37 comments:

  1. If the defense keeps this up they have a shot to be 7-1 when ND comes to town.

    Georgia Tech's offense did not look so good against Duke being disciplined and running downhill at them which is exactly what Pitt did to VT today. Just show some consistency now defense and find some kind of identity besides find Tyler Boyd and sometimes Ollison breaks it on offense.

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  2. Why 6-2? They could well be 7-1 if they avoid any Pittfalls.

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  3. Hard to believe these are the same defensive players(mostly) as last year. Besides House running a bad defensive scheme, he most have had little confidence. I see a supremely confident defensive coach and players that believe in him.
    After so many painful 4 quarter defensive let downs, this defense was beyond impressive.

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  4. Great defensive performance. What a difference scheme makes. Any elite prospect would be nuts not to put Pitt on their very short list. Offense will get better once the qb gets some more experience. Remember Voytick's progress thru last season. Peterman has better upside I think and if Pitt can play their remaining games on dry fields I think we will see improvement each game. Never would have guessed that Pitt's D would show so much improvement so early in the season. Remains to be seen if Pitt can beat a very good team but they are now a tough out. Pitt could not have held that lead today with previous coach(s).

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  5. Great win by the Panthers today. Karma seems to be changing. This is one game Pitt may have blown in the fourth quarter in the past. With Iowa's win over Wisconsin today, Pitt maybe a lot better than even Pitt fans thought they would be.

    Biggest problem for the team going forward is the offense. Ollison needs to continue to develop to take some heat off of Peterman. Chaney is making good use of Voytik along with keeping him in the mix. Chaney, in better weather, does need to start opening up the offense. He is making good use of our excellent tight ends, the only other receivers with talent beside Boyd.

    As for predicting the future, I prefer the one game at a time approach. Let us not get ahead of ourselves here!!! Next stop Virginia and to 4-1!

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  6. Positive Thoughts:

    - Great win and D really turned it on. D started off missing too many tackles but definitely found their grove as the game wore on. Loved watching them tee off play after play towards the end there.

    - Ollison did some nice things and Peterman continues to show they picked the right QB.

    - Those 2* D recruits everyone was complaining about sure seem to be developing into real good players.

    - Loved the pressure on the QB and especially loved that when a completion was made there always seemed to be someone close by. Last year people were running around with no one within 10 yards of them all game.

    - The turnovers are starting to come.

    Negative Thoughts:

    - Play calling was more Pop Warner league vs. college. Chaney needs to stop asking like they have no offense weapons. A pretty good OL, QB, TE, and a elite WR is better than most college teams have. Don't know if that's PN influence or not but they need to fix it ASAP.

    - Officials were terrible and almost seemed pained when having to call anything on VT.

    - OL and WR coaches need to step it up or this could/should be their one and only year at Pitt. Yea, I know they may be pretty good recruiters but you still have to get the job done on game day.

    - Will the D performed, I think a good bit of that was due to the VT QB stinking.

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    1. That QB led them to 51 points against Purdue and 28 against ECU.

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    2. Very difficult to complete passes when you're laying on the ground looking out of your ear-hole and snot coming out of your nose.

      At least 10 wins this year.

      Gallagher, Barnes and Narduzzi - we finally have this right.

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    3. "Gallagher, Barnes and Narduzzi - we finally have this right."

      Couldn't agree more...

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  7. Nice to see for a change... and a long time coming, a defense that doesn't fold in the 4th quarter. Offense needs to step it up. I can't see this defense playing this good for an entire season - and bailing out a stagnant offense.

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  8. In the coulda woulda shoulda column, two Nate Peterma passes were dropped. One by Boyd for about 10 yards and another by Weah. The Weah toss was exceptional. He just missed it.

    Ollison and James ran tentatively after Ollison fumbled. That needs to stop. Run hard. Play hard. Hit hard. Defend hard.

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  9. @talent evau8r--if you are correct about the running tentatively, maybe it is Chaney's short leash that has them worried about being pulled if they make any mistake.

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    1. I also think that Ollison got dinged, specifically a lower body injury. James one week out of a concussion is also problematic.

      Do we have any WR's that could be running backs? It's becoming obvious that the WR's after Boyd struggle getting separation from defenders. If they can't get separation with pass routes, could one or two be turned into a rb?

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  10. Don't know whether we will be, but should be favored by between 10-17 vs UVA in Pittsburgh

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    1. Opened at 8. Then went to Pitt by 10. That is probably a good prediction. If we had an offense, then Sagarin's Pitt by 16 would make sense.

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  11. Good to see Hamlin tweeting about Pitt during the game. Would surprise me if some of the local recruits don't take notice what's happening in Oakland. Great defensive performance, I absolutely hated the offensive scheme. Power I formation every play. Chaney acted as if we have no weapons on offense.

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    1. If Boyd goes down there is 0 threats, I'm a bit concerned regarding how the offense is developing. Ollison should get at least 25 touches per game. Hall was pretty ineffective during the game running the ball.

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    2. I actually thought Ollison looked slow and indecisive. I was under the impression that this group (James, Ollison and Hall) would nearly fill the void left with Conner's injury. He's done fairly well, but still don't think he's the future back here. Hopefully Sanders is taking note that he could come in and start immediately.

      Chris, pretty quiet on the recruiting front, which I suspect is due to kids being in the midst of their seasons. Chris, have you heard any rumblings about the local kids?

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    3. To be honest, I had a lot of big time prospects texting me or messaging me on Twitter after the game. They were sky high.

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  12. Wow, after the drop by Boyd and the blocked field goal, this had "typical Pitt game" written all over it. How refreshing and awesome to see the defense actually step up and take responsibility for NOT letting the game slip away. Haven't seen that in awhile, almost forgot it was Pitt I was watching, haha. So disappointing that Connor got hurt or they'd probably be 4-0 and have really high hopes for this year. That said, the team looked good against a not great but at least legitimate opponent on the road, definitely changed my expectations for this year for the better.

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  13. Somehow have to produce more on offense, especially on 3rd down. I think Boyd left at least one touchdown on the field in the second half. Holtz and Orndoff are fine tight ends. WOuld like to see them get the ball more. Would have been nice if at least once, Voytik had thrown a pass rather than run. MAy have really caught VT off guard.

    Most impressive is the defensive production with, other then Whitehead, basically the same team as last year. Players no longer seem confused about assignments, receivers are covered much more closely and the D-line has been getting great production.

    Looking forward to the game on Saturday.

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  14. My biggest beef. Our punting situation. Horrible job and needs addressed. Defense fantastic. Offense is a bit bland but hopefully we get more wrinkles with play calling.

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  15. Chris - amazing the monday am qb's on OC's back? SOP, not! Haven't they played half their ball in driving rain so far? new qb, dinged up stable of RB's & OL - yet we are starring 4-1 in the face? This D is inspiring to all & the likelihood of solid peer pressure in the locker room will mean the offense doesn't want to let its D down. Healthy. HCPN is demonstrating how dominate his defensive philosophy can be, can't we expect his offensive mindset to evolve from here (IMO Iowa is the last time you see a HCPN team not walk up to the line, snap the ball & take the inches it needs to move the chains)? Is 8 wins not a fair expectation? "Gallagher, Barnes and Narduzzi - we finally have this right." who am I to disagree! H2P - pointbreezeb

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  16. Too bad Henderson and Tipton aren't playing after the coaches decided against redshirts for both youngsters. It'd be nice if one could make a play here and there. Maybe this week?

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  17. Pitt stands at 4-1. Hcpn has put out the challenge to the fan base that he has delivered what was promised
    Time for the fans to fill the seats and stay past sweet Caroline
    I personally have not felt this good about a pitt team since the last 10 win season under want
    I will be there
    H2P

    Gary from cleveland

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    1. G from C,

      Pitt is 3 - 1. Are you putting down a win for Saturday?

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    2. Lol. No and yes did the message on my I phone and fat fingered it

      Pitt will win on Saturday.
      I guarentee it


      Gary from cleveland

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  18. The best punter is in the basketball team. Ryan Luther in his own words is a better punter than basketball player. Watched him at Hampton was better than Winslow is now

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  19. From the Trib... for those who like to slam Pitt's starting middle linebacker.

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    At middle linebacker, Matt Galambos is asked to get everyone aligned properly and be able to quickly shift the pieces when the offensive look suddenly changed.

    “He's been able to do that,” Conklin said.

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    Evidently, there's more to playing Middle Backer than just being able to go sideline to sideline.

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  20. Come on Chris, help your non-Twitter readers after a nice win! I await your comments...
    Jodus

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    1. I was actually planning on writing down a lot of thoughts on football and basketball but I have a migraine today. I'm going to write it and put it out tomorrow.

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  21. Job open usc gamecocks. Watch them snag dantonio. And then. Well you can connect the dots. I hope that doesn't play out.

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  22. I can more easily see a scenario that mercifully brings Chip Kelly's experiment in the NFL to an early demise, and ends up with him heading back to the college game and USC.

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    1. The Eagles could easily win the NFC East and make the playoffs. Why would Kelly want to jump back to college? He's in complete control of an NFL franchise. Not many coaches have that power in the professional ranks and I can't see Kelly jumping ship so soon. The other Kelly, Brian, should get out of the ND pressure cooker and go to USC.

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  23. Lots of folks head south when older to get out of the bad winters While I don't think it is likely he did go to school there right. I wouldn't say 0 chance. Who knows. He may have a wife sick of the snow. I say less than 5 percent chance but wouldn't shock me.

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