Fourth and One from their own 34. A little over two minutes to go. Georgia Tech was barely contained on the ground all day long, but most of the big gains were pitches to the outside. The Yellow Jackets opted to just go for the yard and run inside. Tyrique Jarrett said NOPE. I myself thought Georgia Tech was going to score after the long touchdown to Orndoff. The defense has blown it or come close to doing so five games in a row. Leave it to the senior nose tackle, all 335 pounds of him, to put the offense in position to win.
Nate Peterman is really blossoming the past two games. The coaches have given him a lot more freedom to throw and the rewards are obvious. Peterman was 14/20 and at least two of those incompletions were drops. If Pitt is going to make a push for the Coastal division (go Hokies today!) he’ll need to continue to make defenses respect the pass. The coaches are also letting WRs make mistakes and still trusting them. Opportunities are there even if they aren’t always capitalized on. Just keep giving the young corps chances and it’ll work out more often than not.
One thing no one saw headed into this season was the emergence of Chawntez Moss. It was well-known that the coaches liked him a lot and planned on using him even as a true freshman. But he’s arguably the 1B to Conner at 1A right now and bare minimum he’s ahead of Ollison and Hall. Conner hasn’t looked 100% lately and Moss has taken advantage of the additional responsibility. Moss has 20 carries for 142 yards the last two games and looks to have the speed, agility, and power to be the next great Pitt back.
The defense…eh. Overall it was their best game against a P5 foe but it’s still nowhere near good enough. I wonder if a redshirt or two will be burnt soon, especially if Avonte Maddox misses any time with his wrist/arm injury. Georgia Tech also doesn’t pass a lot, which takes away Pitt’s best asset on defense, the pass rush. There were plenty of tackles for a loss, mainly by Shakir Soto, but too many big plays followed to let the Yellow Jackets move the chains.
With a trip to Charlottesville next week, Pitt is still looking for its first road win. 4-0 at home, 0-2 on the road. A win will enable Pitt to keep hopes alive of a trip to the ACC Championship game. UVA is still figuring things out under Bronco Mendenhall, but a win over Duke last week shows they can’t be taken lightly.
What say you? Happy for another ugly win or wondering if another road game will spell disaster for the season?