The 2019 Football season opened up with a thud for the Pitt Panthers as the Virginia Cavaliers cruised to a 30-14 season opening win at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Saturday night.
Pitt spotted Virginia a 10 point early first quarter lead after the Cavs kicker Brian Delaney booted a 39 yard field goal and later senior QB Bryce Perkins connected with Chris Sharp for a 2 yard TD pass. Virginia 10-0.
After trading punts, the Pitt offense finally came to life.
Panthers junior QB Kenny Pickett hit redshirt sophomore tailback A.J. Davis on a 59 yard wheel route to the Cavs 20 yard line.
Pickett then complete a short dig route to Pitt senior TE Will Gragg for 6 yards to the Cavs 14.
Pickett then found Pitt senior WR Maurice Ffrench for a spectacular 12 yard reception before he tried to run it in from the 2 yard line on the very next play.
Davis, though, salted the drive with a 2 yard TD run to pull Pitt within 3 points. Virginia 10 Pitt 7.
Both teams would trade punts before Pitt pulled ahead just before the half.
Pitt redshirt sophmore tailback Todd Sibley Jr. ran for 8 yards to the Pitt 28 and then added a 3 yard scamper to gain a first down at the Panthers 31 yard line.
Pickett then found his big weapon WR Taysir Mack for 8 yards to the Pitt 39 before tossing a perfect pass to Ffrench for 16 yards to the Virginia...
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