Saturday, October 17, 2015

Pitt 31 Georgia Tech 28

Wow. What can I say other than that? Just by the simple law of averages I thought Pitt would lose this game, and after the first quarter I was 100% convinced of it.  But what an amazing job by the coaches and the players. Some thoughts:

1.  The Pitt defense got absolutely shredded in the first half, and I thought Georgia Tech was going to score 60. But amazingly the Pitt defense held the Georgia Tech offense to just 7 points in the second half. That was the least amount of points that Georgia Tech has scored in a half all season. In the first half, Georgia Tech had 337 yards.  In the second half they had 145 yards. Just an amazing turnaround.

2.  On offense, Pitt has definitely found a quarterback. There's no going back now, and for good reason. Nathan Peterman completed 14-21 passes for 173 yards, but even more impressively he had 3 TDs and no interceptions. Since he took over permanently in the second half against Iowa, he has thrown for 7 TDs and no interceptions.

3.  The Pitt running game, with help from an excellent performance by the offensive line, ran for 200 yards. Qadree Ollison led the way with 22 carries for 83 yards, and a TD.  Darrin Hall added 38 yards on 8 carries, and Chris James added 22 yards on 3 carries. That's 143 yards on 33 carries, a 4.3 average. Peterman and Tyler Boyd also carried five times each, and they gained 31 yards and 26 yards respectively.

4.  Boyd became the top pass catcher in Pitt history after getting 8 catches for 68 yards. He also had 2 touchdowns, one of which was spectacular.  He also had a fantastic pass completed deep in Georgia Tech territory.  What a talent. But he dropped two punts, and to be honest, he has not had a good year as a return man.

5.  The kicking game finally came up, and did they ever. Ryan Winslow did a good job of pinning Georgia Tech deep and obviously Chris Blewitt's 56-yard game winning, and Pitt record FG, was everything.

6.  All in all, this was a great win. And Pitt has themselves some kind of coaching staff. Pat Narduzzi, defensive coordinate Josh Conklin, and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney all did a fantastic job.  Now the Panthers are 5-1 and 3-0 in the ACC.

7.  This is becoming quite a season.

22 comments:

  1. great synopsis .... I am looking forward to each game ... as you said, the coaches are for real. I always believe that the team that wins is the one where the coaches make the right adjustments at halftime (or even in-game). I think PN and staff did that ... as did the other side. very fun game to watch. H2P !

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  2. This is like a boulder rolling downhill and picking up momentum. They surely lose this game with potato Paul and the out house doesn't even no what a adjustment is. Great job by DCJC and his coaches. Also like that they played guys today that would make a difference I saw J Pitts and Q wriggins in there because he is faster Hail To Pitt

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  3. Seeing Pitt be well organized, make adjustments and not lose tight games has been refreshing. While still maintaining reserved optimism I haven't felt this positively about Pitt football in some time. It's a good feeling, HTP.

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  4. After this game and the way Narduzzi showed confidence in his players, I see him burying Franklinstein in recruiting from now on. Talk about a players coach....

    I'm so excited to see what the next fews years bring in recruiting.

    Congratulations to Boyd for the Pitt record toady! And BTW....SOP is dead....

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    1. I recall last year you telling a tweeter how dead wrong he was questioning TD as a future NFLer. Guess you were right.

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  5. Great win by the Panthers. As many have said above, it is good to see Pitt winning the close ones. More importantly is the way in which the coaching staff made fantastic half time adjustments on defense. Cannot say enough about Coach Narduzzi and his staff! Hail To Pitt!

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  6. don't let anyone tell you otherwise .. a big part of Pitt limiting GT to 7 second half points was the ball-control offense

    bill

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    1. True enough, but the defense most certainly played better in the 2nd half.

      GA Tech had 5 drives in the 1st half which resulted in 3 touchdowns, one fumble and one missed field goal. In the second half, GA Tech also had 5 drives which resulted in one touchdown, three punts and an interception.

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    2. Pitt had controlled the ball in the first half as well. If you watch the game back, most of Gtech's big plays were results of initial missteps. Galambos was guilty of that on a few of the long runs. Those missteps were limited in the 2nd half.

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    3. Soto's block of Gtech's field goal attempt at the end of the first half seems to be the biggest play of the game that no-one is talking about.

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  7. Doke, good synopsis. The momentum must continue next week at the dome. Any update on the injuries, particularly Whitehead and Grigsby?

    Went to OSU game tonight and am confident that their RB will not be going anywhere for the next three years. As I reported in pre-season, Saquon Barkley is the impact freshman of the year. Franklin will run him into the ground for three more years. Also, Franklin is being tortured for keeping Hackenburg in the game so he could take a beating. Franklins guy is a Vanderbilt flip who Franklin wants to go with, but is using Hackenburg as a pin doll for opposing defenses this year. It is a shame that he is doing this and I am sure he will take a social media beating over this.

    Great win for Pitt. People are starting to notice outside the 412. Had I seen Jeter and Wade, they would have gotten the H2P talk!! Any idea what Jeter's secret was about? Was hoping it was him and Ford making the pledge. So who is next? Strike while the iron is hot!!

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  8. What a great and surprising win. With the way the GT option was rolling through Pitt's defense in the first half I expected a loss for sure. Then I thought maybe Pitt had a chance to win something like a 49 - 42 shoot out. Actually surprised Pitt only scored 10 points in the second half and the score ended up only 31 - 28.

    Great for Blewitt to hit the 56 yard FG. After missing the kick against Duke he was overdue for something good to happen. A little bit of karma to after Pitt lost to Iowa on a 57 yard FG. I do think if Blewitt missed Pitt would have lost on a last second FG. I'll credit Narduzzi for going for it on 4th down (twice). Didn't like the false start and too many men penalties at crunch time which turned a much more makable distance into the new Pitt all time FG record.

    Credit to the defense for getting it done in the second half although I thought GT started to rely too much on a conventional passing game which fed right into Pitt's pass rush capabilities. Even Pitts made a good play at the end when he was pulled down on what was likely going to be an int.

    Peterman looks really good. Very accurate and made good decisions throughout the game. AFter two games of Voytik running every time he was in, Pitt had the perfect play set up and he threw a bad pass to the wide open tight end. Hope they have a chance to use that again this season.

    Tough to be surprised by anything Boyd does at this point. His second TD catch was a thing of beauty as was the option pass he threw. Not sure that wasn't a touchdown. He does need to better on catching punts though.

    Hope there is no let down against the 'cuse.

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  9. The offensive line still is a bit inconsistent on pass protection but Peterman has progressed, I'm not sure what latitude he has to change the play at the line of scrimmage.

    The offense definitely played more possession oriented in the second half.

    This is game I thought they would lose because the triple option is hard to simulate in practice with your scout team.

    A very good win and next up Syracuse who I believe Pitt will beat because Narduzzi will keep them focused. This defense has made a definite turn for the positive and it's because of coaching.

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  10. Doke, you might want to check out how MacVittie did vs St Ignatius last night .. think you'll be pleased. Hint: Moeller won 55-52

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    1. I tweet how he's doing during his game every week. His dad was very happy when I talked to him. Maybe he'll get the 4th star he deserves.

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    2. Yes, I missed your tweets late Saturday

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  11. Chris, what's up with Rori Blair? Suspended the first game, played fantastic vs Akron, now he seems to have disappeared the last 3 games. Is he hurt?

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    1. Soto is breathing down Blair's neck for PT. Both are listed as co-starters this week on the two deep. All about production with this staff. Don't produce, there's the bench.

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  12. 1) The Panthers are #25 in this weeks AP Poll. That didn't take long. Basically the same players as last year and arrow has been flipped 180 degrees.

    2) Glad you mentioned Winslow, Doke. He has been criticized on occasion here and he had a terrific game pinning GT back when called on time and time again.

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  13. Now it's getting exciting. First Top 25 since 2010.

    Certainly a TOTAL effort all the way around.

    But, it does help when you have a QB who doesn't throw Interceptions, take easy Sacks, knows that Tight Ends are ELIGIBLE Receivers... and averages MORE than EIGHT YARDS per ATTEMPT!

    PittofDreams

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    1. And doesn't stare all afternoon at only one receiver named Boyd...

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  14. Pugh is a Panther! The Aliquippa pipeline has been fixed! All Hail Coach Narduzzi!!

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