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October 16, 2012

The Defense That Wasn’t

Filed under: Chryst,Coaches,Football — Chas @ 8:29 am

So much for my belief that the entire Pitt performance would hinge on the O-line. Instead, a defense that has played very well the last three games — at least after spotting a team the easy opening march down the field before figuring out what they were doing — never got it together.

Part of it was simply a hobbled K’Wuan Williams being abused because the Pitt defense never tried to give him any help. Why? Because dammit the scheme is fine. All is well. If he was well enough to play, he could cover in the man-to-man secondary.

Williams left the Syracuse game early with a knee injury and was questionable to play this past week as recently as Thursday. Chryst, though, said he wouldn’t have put Williams out there if he wasn’t ready to play.

“You can do a lot of things call-wise, but in the end there are going to be some times when they’re one-on-one and I’d take [K’Waun] again,” Chryst said. “They made some plays and I give them credit for that.”

Teddy Bridgewater was 7-10, 172 yards in the second half.

But it was more than a well-executed passing attack. The run offense of Louisville kept Pitt’s defense honest. It wasn’t amazing — nearly 45% of their rushing yardage game on just two runs — but it was effective and they got into the endzone on the ground.

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