Pitt Outlasts Syracuse 44-37 in OT

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2018 Pitt 44 Syracuse 37 OT - ACC Football

It wasn’t pretty. It never is when you have a one dimensional offense and a defense that fails to get off the field on 3rd down.

Nonetheless, Pitt survived Syracuse on Saturday 44-37 in Overtime to even its record at 3-3 overall (2-1 in the ACC).

After spotting Syracuse a first-possession TD, Pitt freshman WR Shocky Jacques-Louis fumbled a jet sweep that was forced by The Orange’s Alton Robinson. 5 plays later, Syracuse scored again and led 14-0.

Pitt went right back to what it does best: run the football.

After Pitt junior WR Maurice Ffrench ran for 6 yards to the Pitt 31, the Panthers placed the ball into the hands of superstar Pitt senior tailback Qadree Ollison. Running between the tackles, Ollison burst 69 yards almost untouched to paydirt. Syracuse 14 Pitt 7

On the next Orange possession, senior Syracuse QB Eric Dungey tried to gain extra yards but in the process fumbled the ball at the Orange 37 yard line. The ball was stripped by Pitt senior LB Quintin Wirginis and recovered by Pitt junior corner Dane Jackson who returned for 35 yards for the Panthers TD. The score was suddenly tied at 14.

Syracuse would punt two more times while Pitt would punt once before redshirt sophomore kicker Alex Kessman booted an incredible 54 yard field goal in the rain. Pitt 17 Syracuse 14.

On its next possession, Syracuse QB Eric Dungey pass was intercepted by Pitt junior DT Amir Watts at the Orange 48 yard line. Apparently, Watts for the first time in memory dropped back in coverage and fooled Dungey.

This led to an even more amazing field goal by Alex Kessman. This time he booted a 55 yarder, a Heinz Field all-time record.

The teams traded punts again before Syracuse tacked on a 33 yard field goal by kicker Andre Szmyt.

On its final drive of the first half, Pitt appeared to be in position to score. This was after sophomore