Getting Things Back on Track by J.T.
Pitt sets yardage record
On a 66 degree afternoon at Heinz Field the (2-1) Pitt Panthers try to get back into the winning column with a home game vs. the (3-0) New Hampshire Wildcats.
Pitt’s defense wasted no time with Deslin Alexandre sacking Bret Edwards for a 13 yard loss on the first play from scrimmage. Edwards would get an intentional grounding in the endzone to give Pitt a 2-0 lead. Pitt would not be done as Kenny Pickett scored from about an inch out and then Demarri Mathis would pick 6 an Edwards pass, the only bad news was Ben Sauls missed both extra points as Pitt would lead 14-0. Pickett’s touchdown run was his 17th of his career, the most ever by a Pitt quarterback. New Hampshire’s offense was stuck in neutral as Pitt would again score, this time Israel Abanikanda from 15 yards out to go up 21-0. Sam Scarton took over for Sauls and made the extra point. The Panthers would score again before the end of the first quarter as Pickett hit Shocky Jacques-Louis from 12 yards out to go up 28-0 with :59 to go in first. New Hampshire would finally show some life at the end of the quarter, as Carlos Washington would go 70 yards down to the Panthers 5 yard line.
The Wildcats would score on the first play of the second quarter as Edwards would connect with Sean Coyne from 4 yards out to cut the Panthers lead to 28-7. Pitt would not be fazed and came right back with a pair of Kenny Pickett to Jordan Addison touchdowns from 24, and 47. The 47 yarder saw Addison break several tackles on this way to paydirt to put Pitt up 42-7 with still 8:07 to go in the half. At this point in the game Pitt has outgained New Hampshire 335-62. Pitt would finally punt for the first time with 5:45 to go in the half. Kenny Pickett would throw his 4th touchdown of the first half hitting Taysir Mack on a 7 yard pass to put the Panthers up 49-7 at the half.
Kenny Pickett was 21-25 for 327 yards and 4 touchdowns in one half. Jordan Addison had 4 receptions for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Panthers outgained the Wildcats 417-75 in total yards.
Kenny Pickett, who many thought would be done for the day came out and started the second half and hooked up with Jordan Addison for the 3rd time on the day, this time a 46 yarder, Pickett’s 5th touchdown pass of the day to extend Pitt’s lead to 56-7. Kenny Pickett now has thrown for over 400 yards for the third time in his career. Pickett’s day would end with him going 24-28 for 403 yards and 5 touchdowns. Nick Patti would enter the game.
The Panthers offense kept cruising with Patti as Rodney Hammond, Jr. would bruise his way in from 4 yards out (his first career TD) to give Pitt a 63-7 lead. Freshman Hammond, Jr. was not done as he scored once again from 2 yards to put Pitt up 70-7. This is the first time Pitt has scored 70 points in a game since November 26th, 2016 against Syracuse, when Pitt won 76-61. The Panthers would give David Beville some snaps in the 4th quarter, and he would lead them down the field as Hammond, Jr. would score his 3rd touchdown of the day to put Pitt up 77-7. With 6:41 to go in the game Joey Yellen would enter the game as the Panthers 4th quarterback to see action. After one drive with Yellen, Pitt would enter it’s 5th quarterback into action with Eli Kosanovich taking over. The game would end with the Panthers winning 77-7.
The Panthers did what they should have, thrashed New Hampshire. Hopefully this game will put Pitt back on track towards a successful season. Next game is Saturday October 2nd at. Georgia Tech.
-The Panthers set a team total yardage record with 707 total yards.
-Kenny Pickett has thrown for over 400 yards more times (3) than any other Panthers QB in history.
-The 77 points were the most points scored by a Pitt team since 1926, when they beat Westminster 88-0.
-Rodney Hammond, Jr. led Pitt in rushing with 99 yards
– Jordan Addison continues to shine with 179 yards and 3 touchdowns