Stanford Tops Pitt 14-13 In Sun Bowl Behind Shawn Watson’s Listless Offense

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2018 Stanford 14 Pitt 13 Sun Bowl Shawn Watson

The Pitt offense is inept. The main reason – the offensive coordinator can’t create mismatches and the passing game is almost non existent. The QB play and offensive play calling all falls on the shoulders of 2nd year Pitt OC Shawn Watson. Today, the offensive play calling cost in the 2018 Sun Bowl as Pitt lost to Stanford 14-13 in El Paso, TX.

Pitt’s sophomore QB Kenny Pickett finished the day with 11 for 29 for 136 yards and 0 TDs and INTs.

After Pitt got out to an early 3-0 lead, Stanford marched down the field two series later and scored on a 1 yard TD run by Cardinal tailback Cameron Scarlett. It capped a 7 play 64 yard drive. Stanford 7 Pitt 3

Pitt answered right back on offense in what would be their only TD of the afternoon.

Pickett found Taysir Mack for 14 yards to the Pitt 39 before running 14 yards to the Cardinal 47 for a 1ST down.

Pitt sophomore tailback A.J. Davis, heir apparent starter for 2019 after the graduation of Pitt senior tailback legends Qadree Ollison and Darren Hall, then ran for 12 yards to the Stanford 35.

Pickett then added a 5 yard run and was stuffed for no gain on 2nd down. This led to Pickett completing a nice pass to Pitt junior WR Maurice Ffrench for 10 yards to the Stanford 20.

Pickett then ran for 11 yards to the Cardinal 9.

Hall then salted the Pitt scoring drive with runs of 3 and 6 yards to paydirt. Pitt led 10-7 at half.

Pitt would tack on a 3rd quarter field goal and led 13-7 through 3 quarters but Shawn Watson’s offense remained listless in the second half.

Instead, Stanford