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.