Pitt Topples Virginia, Looks Forward To Bye Week

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The 2016 Pitt Football season is half over. What we’ve learned so far, rather fairly conclusively, is that the Panthers have some really big holes on defense. Conversely, the Panthers appear to be very explosive on offense en route to setting a school record of 6 consecutive games of scoring 35+ points.

The result this past weekend against Virginia was no different. The Panthers defeated the Cavaliers 45-31 to raise their record to 5-2 overall (2-1 in the ACC).

The Virginia homecoming crowd was treated to a good start though as the Hoos scored on their opening drive, which was aided by a few Pitt penalties including one on 4th down while the Panthers were trying to switch into their punt coverage unit.

Virginia tailback Albert Reid scampered 5 yards to paydirt to cap a 12 play, 69 yard drive. Virginia 7 Pitt 0.

After the teams traded punts, Pitt went to work on offense.

It began when sophomore tailback Qadree Ollison was stopped for no gain. Then senior QB Nate Peterman handed off to superstar redshirt junior tailback James Conner for 16 yards.

Peterman then tried to find true freshman WR Aaron Matthews but the Hoo defense was flagged 15 yards for Pass Interference.

After Conner tacked on 2 more yards, Peterman missed on a wide open flea-flicker play to sophomore WR Qadree Henderson. Instead, he found junior WR Jester Weah for 38 yards for the game-tying score. Pitt 7 Virginia 7.

Virginia would answer back with a 8 play, 75 yard drive that ended when Hoo tailback Taquan Mizzell ran untouched for 44 yards to put the Cavs back up 14-7 over Pitt.

Perhaps there’s no more exciting and explosive player on the Pitt Panthers right now than Qadree Henderson. And accordingly, Henderson responded. He returned the