(This is a weekly series of articles entitled “Monday Morning Quarterback”. I will try to post them two days after the football games are played so as to have our wilder emotions under control by then. It will be my take on the positives and the negatives we saw happen and a chance for commenters to agree or disagree and to add their own thoughts.)
We met the Virginia Tech Hokies on the turf at Heinz Field on a rare nationally televised Thursday night game and came away with a very satisfying 21-16 win. It was a close game and one that even to most optimistic of PITT fans had to doubts about as the 4th quarter unfolded. The win puts us at 4-3 on the season with a 2-1 ACC conference record that is just about what we figured we’d have at this point of the season. It is safe to say that we needed to start the second half of the season with a conference win if we want to have any chance at a Coastal Division championship.
1. Our defense, again. When you hold a team, any team, to 26 yards rushing on 21 carries (1.2 ypc) and 2 of 14 on 3rd and 4th down conversion tries you are playing excellent defense. That is the kind of stout play that results in low scores for the other team (16 points with three FGs) and a win.