There probably won’t be a bowl game for the Pitt Panthers this year. This will end a 9 year bowl streak, albeit many of those bowls were attended by 6-6 Pitt teams from the past.
Before the season, to think the 2017 Pitt Panthers wouldn’t be able to even muster up 6 wins is hard to believe. In fact, they would have to win 4 of their last 5 games to do so. Lets face it, that’s not happening.
The Panther 5th loss in 2017 came at the hands of NC State in the form of a 35-17 trashing at Heinz Field.
After stopping NC State their first drive, the teams traded punts. That’s when the Panthers got to work on their second series of the game.
Two-way superstar player (RB/WR/Safety) sophomore Jordan Whitehead first ran for 5 yards before sophomore QB Ben Dinucci completed a screen pass to junior WR Quadree Henderson which resulted in a 2 yard loss.
DiNucci then went to his most trusted WR Rafael Araujo-Lopes for 7 yards before Whitehead lost a yard on another jet sweep play. DiNucci though hung tough and threw a strike to Pitt senior WR Jester Weah for a 33 yard TD. Pitt led early 7-0 over the Wolfpack.
It didn’t take NC State long to exact revenge. Two plays in fact. Wolfpack tailback Nyheim Hines busted an easy run for 83 yards untouched for the game-tying TD. Pitt 7 NC St 7.
Pitt faltered back on offense and senior punter Ryan Winslow (who is having an All-ACC type season) booted a high 53 yard kick deep into NC State territory on 4th down. Fielding the punt, Hines promptly returned it 92 yards to pay dirt. Its the first time in 4 seasons that anyone has returned a punt for a TD against Pitt and namely Coach Andre Powell’s special teams.
The teams would go on to trade 2 punts...
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