What We Learned In Pitt’s 35-17 Loss At Georgia Tech

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2017 ACC Football - Georgia Tech 25 Pitt 17

Well, it’s not just the Pitt defense that can’t compete with the ACC. It’s the Pitt offense too. A week after the Pitt defense got shredded for 572 passing yards by Big12 power Oklahoma State at Heinz Field, Pitt traveled to Atlanta this past Saturday to open the ACC season and proceeded to get Ramblin Wrecked by Georgia Tech. The Pitt defense surrendered 436 yards on the ground, most of which came from Yellow Jackets tailback KirVonte Benson who rolled over Pitt 29 times for 196 yards. Even Yellow Jacket QB TaQuon Marshall ran it 18 times for 112 yards despite only passing for 48 yards on 4 of 8 passing.

The Pitt offense, nonetheless, fared hardly any better by mustering only a measly 198 passing yards along with 37 rushing yards in the 35-17 blow-out loss. Pitt fell to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the ACC in the process.

In sum, Pitt’s offense looked confused, disorganized and completely inept. This was the third week that new Panther Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson failed to deliver any semblance of an offensive game plan.

You wouldn’t know it, though, by the way the game started off. After Pitt junior All American kick-returner / Wide Receiver Quadree Henderson returned the opening kick for 22 yards, fellow Pitt junior tailback Qadree Ollison ran the ball 9 yards to the Pitt 31.

Redshirt sophomore Panther QB Ben Dinucci then completed an 8 yard pass to senior Tight End graduate transfer (Rutgers) Matt Flanagan to the Pitt 39 yard line. That set up Pitt junior two-way superstar Safety / split-end Jordan Whitehead’s run for 30 yards to the Yellow Jackets 31. Whitehead hadn’t played since last November’s huge upset Pitt win at eventual