Pitt doesn’t make it easy. Seems every season that’s the case.
This season is no different as the Panthers came back from a 4 point deficit late in the 4th quarter to rally past Duke, 33-30, in Durham, NC last night.
After spotting the Blue Devils an early 33 yard field goal by AJ Reed and failing to get a first down on its second series, the Pitt defense got to work.
First, Duke’s senior QB Quentin Harris ran for 9 yards to the Duke 49 but in the process fumbled. It was forced by Pitt sophomore LB Cam Bright and recovered by Pitt redshirt freshman DE Habakkuk Baldonado.
Then, after the Pitt offense stalled once again on 3 plays, Harris dropped back on Duke’s own 18 yard line and was picked off by redshirt sophomore free safety Paris Ford who returned it 26 yards for the pick 6. Pitt 7 Duke 3.
On the very next series, two plays later Ford struck again.
Passing at his own 25 yard line, Harris was picked off again by Ford who returned it 22 yards to the Duke 47 yard line.
Pitt would get to the Duke 25 yard but march no deeper. The Panthers then settled for a 43 yard field goal by redshirt junior kicker Alex Kessman. Pitt 10 Duke 3.
Pitt’s defense held again and Panthers junior QB Kenny Pickett drove the team down to the Duke 9 yard line.
On 1st and goal from the 9, Pickett would throw his first of two interceptions on the day. The first time he floated a pass into the hands of Duke safety Marquis Waters who returned for 9 yards to the Duke 9 yard line.
Pitt’s defense would once again, though, dominate the Blue Devils up front and force another 3 and out.
The Panthers offense could not however...
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