PITTSBURGH (AP) — Qadree Ollison ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns and Pittsburgh’s protection saved Georgia Tech’s triple-option in take a look at all through a 24-19 victory within the ACC opener for each groups on Saturday.
Ollison scored on runs of 31 and eight yards for the Panthers (2-1, 1-Zero), who bounced again from an unsightly blowout loss to rival Penn State through leaping at the Yellow Jackets (1-2, Zero-1) early after which retaining on overdue.
Darrin Corridor added a landing run for Pitt. Quarterback Kenny Pickett left in short due with a left leg harm on the finish of the primary part however performed all of the 2nd part, finishing 16 of 23 passes for a season-high 191 yards and an interception.
And identical to that, the unhealthy style of having blown out at house through the Nittany Lions was once long past.
“You have to flush it out,” Ollison mentioned. “You have to omit about it and notice that every one our objectives are nonetheless intact. No person mentioned you needed to be undefeated to visit the ACC championship or nationwide championship. If we win the remainder of our video games, no person will bear in mind what came about final week.”
TaQuon Marshall scored on a couple of quick landing runs in the second one part for the Yellow Jackets and completed with a team-high 103 yards speeding. He struggled in the course of the air, finishing only one cross till Georgia Tech’s ultimate pressure. Marshall ended up 6 of 15 for 66 yards and an interception on a heave to the tip zone with slightly below 10 mins last that was once simply picked off through Pitt’s Phillipie Motley to finish any actual danger the Yellow Jackets had of mounting a comeback.
Every week after rolling up 602 yards in a loss to South Florida, the Yellow Jackets controlled simply 386 towards the Panthers, 99 of it approaching a last-gasp pressure within the ultimate mins. Jordan Mason added 94 yards speeding and B-back Qua Searcy — beginning instead of injured KirVonte Benson — added 38 in his first profession get started however the Yellow Jackets did little within the first part whilst falling in the back of 21-Zero.
“We got here out to start out the sport offensively and it gave the look of we had by no means performed the sport ahead of,” Georgia Tech head trainer Paul Johnson mentioned. “We had a possibility to get again within the recreation. However we by no means had a possibility to get the lead.
Some curious decision-making did not lend a hand. Johnson known as for a faux punt from the Georgia Tech 28 within the first quarter, and Antwan Owens was once filled for a two-yard loss. 3 performs later Corridor burst around the function line from 5 yards out to place Pitt up 14-Zero with Five:20 left within the first quarter.
Georgia Tech confronted some other fourth down on the Pitt 23 in the second one quarter. Quite than try a box function, the Yellow Jackets went for it. Desiring 5 yards, Marshall dropped again to cross, which sailed excessive and out of the succeed in of Jalen Camp.
“If we will’t throw a cross this is 8 yards and catch it, then that is a foul name,” Johnson mentioned. “That was once a foul name. It was once on me.”
Pitt took benefit straight away. Pickett grew to become a flea flicker right into a 60-yard of entirety to Taysir Mack to turn the sphere and when Ollison darted in for his 2nd landing, the Panthers had been on their approach to hanging their humbling 51-6 setback by the hands of the Nittany Lions firmly within the rearview replicate.
Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets have to prevent beating themselves. The playcalling was once ordinary from time to time. So had been a few private foul consequences on overdue hits that passed Pitt yardage on drives that was touchdowns.
Pitt: Making an allowance for the daunting stretch forward — two of Pitt’s subsequent 4 video games are at the highway towards ranked combatants — the Panthers discovered their season at an early tipping level and replied emphatically. The protection stayed disciplined towards Georgia Tech’s idiosyncratic assault and the offense was once environment friendly if no longer impressive. It is a formulation that might paintings if Pitt needs to be an element within the ACC’s wide-open Coastal Department.
Georgia Tech: Hosts No. 2 Clemson subsequent Saturday. The Tigers have received 5 of the final six conferences, together with a 24-10 victory final October.
Pitt: The Panthers shuttle to North Carolina on Saturday. The Panthers are Zero-Five towards the Tar Heels since becoming a member of the ACC in 2013.
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