Winning at the Carrier Dome has never been easy. Pitt’s last two visits there were decided by a single point. Yesterday was practically no different as the game came down to Chris Blewitt’s winning Field Goal just as time expired which lifted the Panthers over The Orange 23-20 in dramatic fashion.
Despite Blewitt’s winning kick for the second consecutive week, the game’s true hero was Pitt’s Punter Ryan Winslow.
Things didn’t start off very well for the Panthers. After Pitt starting QB Nate Peterman found junior superstar WR Tyler Boyd for 4 yards, true freshman tailback Qadree Ollison ran the ball for 5 and 2 yards. Peterman then ran a QB keeper for 8 yards before Boyd himself threw a halfback pass to junior WR Dontez Ford for 38 yards to the Syracuse 21 yard line.
Peterman was then sacked by Syracuse sophmore LB Zaire Franklin for an 8 yard loss before finding Boyd on a 9 yard passing play. Ollison tacked on an additional yard to set up a 33 yard Chris Blewitt field goal. Pitt led Syracuse, 3-0.
The Orange wasted no time answering back. Syracuse tailback Jordan Fredericks burst for 55 yards before true freshman QB Eric Dungey found halfback Ervin Philips for a 20 yard TD strike. In two plays, Syracuse 7 Pitt 3.
Both teams then traded punts before Pitt’s junior placekicker Chris Blewitt missed a 50 yard Field Goal.
Syracuse’s placekicker Cole Murphy, though, would boot the rock through the uprights from 23 yards out to cap a 17 play, 62 yard drive to open the 2nd quarter. Syracuse 10 Pitt 3.
On the next series, Pitt capped a long drive of their own with a score.
After Boyd ran for 11 yards on a sweep play, Peterman found Boyd again on a 10 yard slant passing play before getting sacked again by Franklin.
Sophmore Chris James made his presence known by scampering 17 yards before Ollison tacked on a 3 yard run of his own. This led to Peterman finding Pitt senior Tight End JP Holtz while rolling to his left and throwing across his body for 14 yards to the Orange 23 yard line.
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