Pitt’s Defense Shuts Down Georgia Tech in 24-19 Win

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2018- Pitt 24 Georgia Tech 19 ACC Football

Yes, Georgia Tech ran and ran their triple option. Most of it however was outside of the red zone. In fact, several of their drives were saved by dubious Pitt penalties.

In sum, the Yellow Jackets gained 320 yards on the ground against Pitt this past Saturday. It seemed like a great day at the office. It wasn’t. Georgia Tech only produced 66 yards on 6 for 15 passing.

That’s because Pitt defended the triple option nearly to perfection en route to a 24-19 win at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh in front of an announced crowd of 34,284.

After exchanging punts to open the game, Pitt got right to work on offense.

Panthers sophomore QB Kenny Pickett hit senior WR Rafael Araujo-Lopes for 8 yards to the Ga Tech 45, but that play was aided by a 15 yard personal foul on Georgia Tech’s free safety Malik Rivera.

While Pitt senior tailback Qadree Ollison lost 2 yards on the subsequent snap, Pickett went right back to Araujo-Lopes for 11 yards to the Ga Tech 31.

Ollison then salted the drive with a tremendous burst up the middle for a 31 TD score. Pitt led Ga Tech 7-0.

Then, Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson decided to gamble on its second offensive series. It didn’t pay off. Facing a 4th down and 7 at his own 28 yard line he called for a fake punt. Instead, backup Defensive End Antwan Owens was stuffed for a 2 yard loss by fifth-year back-up senior Tight-End Jim Medure, who recently just earned a Pitt scholarship.

Placing the Panthers offense just outside the redzone is never a great idea. Especially considering the Pitt running game this year.

After Pickett ran for 5 yards, Ga Tech’s backup inside LB Bruce Jordan-Swilling was called for a personal foul, roughing