16In16: #16 – All Offense, Little Defense

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As we are 2 weeks away from the Pinstripe Bowl in New York City, I am going to pick the Top 16 games or moments from the 2016 football season.

The #16 game was the “All Offense, Little Defense” day against Syracuse to close out the regular season.  And honestly, after Dane Jackson returned an interception for a touchdown early in the 2nd half, I thought the defense was going to shut them down the rest of the way.  Well, that didn’t happen and PITT and Syracuse combined for the most points in a game in College Football history as PITT defeat Syracuse 76-61.

This isn’t a record that defensive coaches want and it’s a record that offensive coaches love. So, whether you are celebrating that record or still pulling your hair out over the record, this game is in the history books probably for awhile.

Some stats from this game include PITT RB James Conner rushing for 160 yards and 3 touchdowns.  The PITT offense had 5 TD scoring plays of 35+ yards in the game.  PITT QB Nate Peterman added 330 total yards and 5 touchdowns through the air and on the ground.  And Syracuse WR Etta-Tawo has 5 receiving touchdowns which tied an ACC record.

I wanted to put this game higher in the top moments of 2016, but as someone who wants to see a little defense in games, the fact that this game provided no defense disappointed me a little.  But, this game was exciting enough to start the list this year.

Stay tuned up until the bowl game and if you have a suggestion for a top moment or a comment on any of the moments you can tweet me at @MattyIcePGH or @IntoPITT on Twitter.

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