Winning in the Carrier Dome is never easy. For Pitt, it has only been close except for just a handful of games.
Friday night was no exception as the Panthers got out to yet another big lead and held on to a 27-20 win over the Orange.
After trading punts on the first two drives, Pitt got on the scoreboard on its 3rd series when Panthers junior PK Alex Kessman nailed a 47 yard field goal. Pitt 3 Syracuse 0.
Syracuse would eventually tie the score on a Andre Szmyt 28 yard field goal.
Pitt got right back to work on its ensuing drive.
First, Pitt sophomore tailback V’Lique Carter ran for 21 yards to the Pitt 46 and then lost 2 yards on the subsequent snap.
Then, junior Pitt QB Kenny Pickett connected with senior grad-transfer TE Nakia Griffin-Stewart for 13 yards to the Orange 43.
This set up an incredible trick play when Pickett pitched the ball to junior tailback AJ Davis who then threw it back to Pickett, who then threw a 43 yard TD strike downfield to Pitt senior WR Aaron Mathews. The play was initially ruled an illegal forward pass but after review, the ball was clearly shown to be throw behind the line of scrimmage and overturned. Pitt 10 Syracuse 3
The Orange would tack on another Andre Szmyt 20 yard field goal after a 12 play drive that took 4:20 off the clock. Pitt 10 Orange 6
The teams would trade punts before the Pitt offense struck one more time before half.
First, Pickett found Panthers sophomore WR Shocky Jacques-Louis for 2 yards to the Syracuse 37 yard line.
Pickett then threw a short pass to junior WR Taysir Mack for 2 yards to the Orange 35.
On 3rd and 6 at Syracuse 35, Pickett threw a strike to Pitt senior WR Maurice Ffrench for 22 yards to the Orange 13.
This set up an 8 yard run by Carter run to the Orange 5.
On the next snap, Davis...
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