Pitt came and tried to play. And for one half, the Panthers did play tough.
But as the weather worsened and the adversity hit, the Panthers folded like a house of cards in the second half. The end result was a 51-6 Penn State thrashing of Pitt in front of a sold out crowd of 68,400 fans at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA.
After Pitt punted on its first possession, it didn’t take long for Penn State to score. In fact, it only took 3 plays.
Penn St senior QB star Trace McSorley first found Jonathan Holland for 22 yards to the Pitt 42. This was coupled by a 15 yard defensive holding penalty by Pitt’s junior safety Damar Hamlin.
Penn State WR KJ Hamler then busted a jet sweep run for a 32 yard TD. Penn State 7 Pitt 0.
Pitt did however punch right back. On its second series, Pitt showed some resolve.
First, Pitt freshman WR Shocky Jacques-Louis ran a jet sweep for 38 yards to the Penn State 37 yard line. After Pitt sophomore QB Kenny Pickett missed a pass to junior WR Maurice Ffrench, he followed it up with runs of 9 and 1 yard.
Then, the Panthers put the ball into the one bright star of the game for Pitt in senior tailback Qadree Ollison who was stopped right away for no gain on his first carry. But after Pickett ran for 8 yards to the Nittany Lions 19 yard line, Ollison ran for 6 and 2 yards to the Penn State 11 yard line. He would finish the day with 21 carries for 119 yards and 1 TD.
After Pitt senior fullback George Ashton was dropped in the backfield for a 2 yard loss, Ollison came back with a brilliant 13 yard TD run.
The Panthers though fumbled the extra point and Penn State led 7-6.
From that point on, the bottom fell out. Pitt gave up 44 straight points and lost 51-6.