Neither team wanted to tackle. It was rainy and a bit cold. Neither team cared to play defense. The outcome was yet another footrace between Pitt and Duke in which the Panthers prevailed in miraculous fashion, 54-45 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Both teams came out swinging as the offenses looked nearly unstoppable.
On Pitt’s first possession, senior tailback superstar Qadree Ollison took the opening carry 5 yards to the Pitt 37 yard line.
Pitt sophomore QB Kenny Pickett then tossed a nice screen pass for 9 more yards to Ollison to the Pitt 46.
Ollison and Pickett then traded runs of 3 and 7 yards respectively to then give way to a new, never seen before, emerging superstar in Pitt freshman V’Lique Carter who ran the jet sweep for 11 yards to the Duke 33. On the play, Carter fumbled, which was forced by Duke’s Leonard Johnson, but it went out of bounds.
Carter, a back up defensive back, looked like a natural on offense and finally got the opportunity to shine.
Unsung hero Pitt senior tailback Darrin Hall then ran for 3 yards before Pickett, who missed a wide open pass on 2nd and 7 to Tre Tipton, ran the Option Read to pay dirt for 30 yards. Pitt 7 Duke 0.
After Duke tied the game, Pitt punted.
The Blue Devils then drove 9 plays to the Pitt 24 yard line and decided to go for it on 4th and 7. Duke’s redshirt junior QB Daniel Jones’ pass fell incomplete. Pitt would punt though after another 3 and out series.
Duke then seized the lead with a 12 play, 72 yard drive in which Jones found T.J. Rahming for a nifty 3 yard TD pass on a curl route. Duke 14 Pitt 7.
Pitt would tack on 3 more points when unsung hero PK Alex Kessman connected on a 27 yard field goal. The drive was aided by Carter’s amazing jet sweep run for 62 yards to the Duke 7. The Panthers, though, had to settle for the field goal. Duke 14 Pitt 10
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