Pitt Shocks #2 Clemson In A Wild One, 43-42

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2016 Pitt vs Clemson Football - Chris Blewitt kicks winning 48 yard field goal

There are two ways to look at Pitt’s monumental win at #2 Clemson on Saturday. First, Pitt’s offense is one of the best in the country and has an NFL level offensive line that can compete with anyone. Much to the chagrin to ABC announcer Brian Griese who said Pitt didn’t have the hogs up front to handle Clemson. That much is abundantly clear. Second, Pitt’s pass defense is perhaps the worst in the country. Clemson’s QB Deshaun Watson threw for an ACC all-time (and school) record 580 yards on 52 for 70 passing. However, that did include 3 TDs and more importantly 3 INTs in the process.

So yes, Pitt got gashed once again through the air but still managed to pull out the victory.

Yet, if one were to borrow a quote from Pitt’s new head basketball coach Kevin Stallings after pulling out a 2 OT Pitt win at home over Eastern Michigan on Friday, the end result is all that matters. Stallings said “It’s not an art contest, its a math contest, and we added up more points tonight.” Well, the same can be said for Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi in Saturday’s dramatic win over the #2 Tigers in Death Valley.

The Panthers got right to work on its first possession. After missing on a pass to true freshman WR Aaron Matthews on first down, senior QB Nate Peterman connected with senior TE Jaymar Parrish for 44 yards down to the Clemson 31 yard line.

After hitting with one of the game’s heros TE Scott Orndoff on an 8 yard completion, redshirt junior superstar tailback James Conner rushed for his first 8 yards to the Clemson 15 yard line. That set up one of Pitt’s offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s favorite plays – a shovel pass from Peterman