Pitt Outlasts Marshall But Questions Remain On Defense

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2016 Pitt Panthers vs Marshall Thundering Herd Football

Pitt completed its non-conference schedule on Saturday with a 43-27 win over visiting Marshall. While the win lifted the Panthers to a 3-2 record (0-1 in the ACC), the result itself was much closer than it should have been.

The first half was all Pitt.

Pitt Senior QB Nate Peterman started the first drive by going deep to no avail. Redshirt junior superstar tailback James Conner then took a hand off forward 6 yards which set up Peterman to find the game’s hero, Pitt junior WR Jester Weah, for a 36 yard bomb.

After Conner added another yard, sophomore Panther WR Quadree Henderson ran a jet sweep for 7 yards. Conner then tacked on 4 more yards and this set up Peterman finding Henderson on a curl route for 17 yards down to the Marshall 5 yard line.

Pitt sophomore H-Back George Aston finished the drive with a jet sweep handoff for a 5 yard TD run. Pitt senior PK Chris Blewitt missed the extra point. Pitt 6 Marshall 0.

The Pitt defense looked sharp in the first half and stopped the Thundering Herd on all 6 of its drives.

On the Panthers second drive, Conner rumbled for 12 yards to the Pitt 29 yard line. Peterman then connected with Weah for 23 yards before finding senior H-Back Jaymar Parrish for 8 yards.

Then it was time for Henderson to steal the spotlight. First he nearly broke a big one but was stopped for a short 2 yard gain. He didn’t waste his second jet sweep handoff. He outran the Marshall secondary for 34 yards. Conner salted the drive with runs of 3 yards and a 1 yard TD. Pitt led Marshall 13-0.

Marshall punted again and then it was time for Pitt to showcase its newest true freshman tailback phenom, Chawntez Moss.

Moss scampered up the middle, breaking tackles in dramatic fashion, for 41 yards like a blast out of a canon. Peterman then missed Weah on a