Its finally over. Finally. Almost 10 years. Yes, the monkey is “off our back” as Pitt Head Coach Pat Narduzzi put it.
Pitt ended a 6 game slide to the North Carolina Tar Heels last night 34-27 in OT at Heinz Field. It was the Panthers first win versus the Tar Heels in ACC play and since Pitt won 19-17 in the Tire Bowl on Dec 26, 2009.
After losing the opening toss, North Carolina drove the ball down to the Pitt 38 yard line. Thats when they decided to go for it on 4th and 1. However, Tar Heels tailback Antonio Williams was stopped cold for a 1 yard loss and Pitt took over on downs.
Pitt would drive back down the field in the other direction and settle for a 41 yard field goal from Panthers junior placekicker Alex Kessman. Pitt 3 UNC 0.
North Carolina would answer immediately back. Marching 6 plays for 78 yards, true freshman Tar Heels QB Sam Howell threw a pretty corner route TD to WR Beau Corrales for 21 yards that was also called for defensive pass interference. UNC 7 Pitt 3.
Pitt junior QB Kenny Pickett would drive Pitt back down the field on the ensuing drive. The Panthers would face a 4th and 3 at the Tar Heels 7 yard line. Coach Narduzzi elected to go for it on 4th down and was nearly rewarded. However, Pickett’s pass fell incomplete to Pitt junior WR Taysir Mack in the end zone.
After forcing the Tar Heels to punt on the next series, Pitt went right back to work on offense.
First, Pickett connected with Pitt sophomore WR V’Lique Carter for 9 yards to the Pitt 42 for a 1ST down.
Then after Pickett failed to connect with Mack, he threw a pretty bubble screen to junior...
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