The Pitt defense brought their lunch pails yesterday and shut down the Virginia Tech Hokies en route to a 17-13 victory in Blacksburg, VA in the ACC opener for both schools.
Pitt’s defense was so dominant the Hokies only managed 9 rushing yards and 91 passing yards (100 total yards of offense) along with 7 sacks. It was the worst offensive day for the Hokies since 1987, the first year with Head Coach Frank Beamer at the helm.
After shutting down the Hokies on their first series with a three and out, Pitt’s offense went to work. New starting QB Nate Peterman was sacked on 1st down and the Panthers once again played musical chairs at QB. Former starter Chad Voytik spelled Peterman on 2nd down and rushed 26 yards on the next play.
Then Pitt went to their workhorse for the day, redshirt freshman RB Qadree Ollison who ran it for 3 and 13 yards on the next two snaps. Ollison would finish the day with 19 carries, 122 yards and 1 TD.
After Voytik got stuffed for no gain on first down, Peterman escaped the Va Tech pass rush with small gains of 4 and 3 yards. Pitt would settle for a 45 yard Chris Blewitt Field Goal and led the Hokies, 3-0.
The Panthers shut the Hokies down on the next series and once again went back to work on offense.
It started with Va Tech flagged for a 5 yard off-sides penalty, when Ollison ran for 2 yards and Voytik for 6 yards on the next couple of plays.
Then Hokie senior LB Deon Clarke was flagged for a 15 yard roughing the passer penalty which moved the ball to the Hokie 41 yard line on an incomplete pass play. The Pitt QBs went back to ground. Peterman gained 2 yards, Voytik gained 4 yards and then Peterman again scampered 12 yards to the Va Tech 23 yard line.
That set up the game’s prettiest pass play when Peterman found Pitt senior TE JP Hotlz for a 23 yard TD strike. Pitt led 10-0 over Va Tech.
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