Pitt Rushes To Bowl Berth, Sets Eyes on Wake Forest

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2018 - Pitt 52 Virginia Tech 22 - ACC Football

Pitt ran. They ran again. And again. So much so that when the dust settled, Pitt had amassed 492 rushing yards in their 52-22 rout Saturday over Virginia Tech at Heinz Field. It was the most rushing yards for Pitt in a game since the Tony Dorsett-led Panthers ran for 530 yards against Army in 1975.

It was fitting on senior day that the Pitt seniors went out as winners. And there were many of them responsible for the win.

After holding the Hokies to punts on their first two possessions, Pitt sophomore kicker Alex Kessman nailed a 48 yard field goal on Pitt’s first possession.

That set up the Pitt ground game.

Two 5th year seniors did so in dramatic fashion. First, Pitt senior tailback Qadree Ollison ran for 27 yards to the Pitt 47. Ollison would eclipse 1000 yards rushing on the season and become just the 6th Pitt Panther to do so at least twice in his college career.

After Pitt sophomore QB Kenny Pickett was sacked by Virginia Tech’s Dax Hollifield for a loss of 8 yards, the Panthers other senior tailback legend Darrin Hall burst for 53 yards to the Hokies 8 yard line.

Moments later, Ollison bullied his way 8 yards for the easy TD. Pitt 10 Va Tech 0.

The Pitt defense then forced Va Tech to punt again before turning to the air on its next series.

On just one play, Pickett then dropped a dime into the hands of Pitt junior WR Maurice Ffrench who sprinted 78 yards untouched for the score. Pitt 17 Virginia Tech 0.

After the Hokies placekicker Brian Johnson missed a 40 yard field goal, Pitt nearly grabbed a 24-0 lead.

Instead, in an attempt to score Pickett was popped at the 3 yard line by Va Tech’s Jermaine Waller and the ball was jarred loose. The fumble was recovered in the end zone by