Pitt Rushing Attack Needs to be Better Against North Carolina State

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Last week I wrote about how the Pitt passing game had a chance to break out against Louisville. Kenny Pickett completed 60.5% of his passes and the receivers had their moments as Pitt came away with the 23-20 victory. Jordan Addison had 7 receptions for 77 yards on the day. He continues to live up to the preseason hype and is turning into a legitimate star. Taysir Mack also played in his first action of the season after missing the first two games with an undisclosed injury. He made a splash with 3 receptions for 62 yards. This included a nice touchdown catch on a play where he appeared to be down. However, he managed to keep himself up and scampered in for a score with the incredulous Louisville defense standing around watching. Pickett threw for two touchdowns on the day, but he also threw an interception and averaged a pedestrian 5.8 yards per attempt en route to 220 yards. While there were some positives to take away from the passing game, as a whole the offense didn’t exactly light the world on fire against a relatively weak defense. This includes the running game, which has been a bit of a disappointment since the beginning of last season. However, like last week with the passing game, there’s a great chance that the running game may break out a bit due to a favorable matchup.

It isn’t like the Panthers’ running game was bad last week. They did rack up 156 yards on the ground. Not an outlandish number, but it was