Pitt vs OSU Gameday Thread

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We are about to play the third game of the 2016 season and things look like they are on the upswing for the team as we sit at 2-0.  After a rather shaky opener, a 28-7 win against Villanova at Heinz Field, we hosted our long-time rival Penn State in the first meeting between the two teams in 16 years.

We won that game in a match that had two distinct halves.  In each of the first two quarters of play we out scored PSU 14-7 for a 28-14 halftime lead.  At that point, and the way we were controlling the game with our running strength (with a TOP of 18:41), you would have thought the 2nd half would be a cakewalk for us.

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But that’s not how Pitt rolls as they say. During the 3rd quarter the scoring evened out at 7 points apiece with Pitt still dominating the TOP with a 10:29 to 4:31 margin.  That is when Pitt fans started to get nervous though because controlling the clock for that much time and not extending our lead was unsettling. So even though we still held a 35-21 lead things were getting shaky.

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That set the stage for the 4th quarter in which PSU flipped the script.  During the last 15 minutes Penn State controlled the ball as they started a serious run to overtake us. You can see below that they out scored us 18-7 that quarter and held a 2:24 TOP margin.   What was almost our downfall was McSorley’s passing toward the end of the game when he racked up 119 yards in the last 15 minutes of play.

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Given the way the game ended – McSorley not seeing a wide open PSU WR in the end zone and instead threw the INT – you can see why Pitt fans are wary of today’s game as visitors in Stillwater.  We didn’t pull away for the win last Saturday after holding a nice halftime lead.  Instead we held on for dear life…but we won against Penn State and it has felt sweet all week.

Here are the post-game notes for the Penn State game issued by the Pitt Media dept.

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After a 16-year hiatus in the Keystone Classic rivalry, Pitt defeated Penn State, 42-39, in a thrilling back-and-forth contest at a sold-out Heinz Field on Saturday afternoon.

 The attendance of 69,983 set a Pittsburgh sports all-time record. The previous record crowd for a sporting event held in the city of Pittsburgh was 68,918 for the Pitt football game against Fordham in 1938 (at Pitt Stadium).

 Pitt’s 42 points marked the most the Panthers have ever scored against Penn State. The previous Pitt high for points against the Nittany Lions was 41 points in the 1931 contest.

 Saturday’s contest was also the highest scoring Pitt-Penn State game ever. The previous record for points in a game in the prior 96 meetings between the Panthers and Nittany Lions was 74 points in the 1968 game.

 The Pitt rushing attack finished with 341 yards on 56 carries for an average of 6.1 yards per rush. The Panthers held Penn State star running back Saquon Barkley to just 72 yards rushing on 31 attempts, an average of 2.4.

 The Pitt offense opened with a 99-yard drive on its first possession of the game, highlighted by 48 rushing yards from James Conner and 47 rushing yards from Quadree Henderson. The 10-play march in 4:43 was Pitt’s first 99-yard touchdown drive since an eight-play drive in 3:37 against Delaware on Aug. 30, 2014.

 The Pitt defense forced four turnovers in the game, including an interception by Ryan Lewis in the end zone with 1:15 to play that sealed the victory for the Panthers.

 James Conner

 Junior running back James Conner tallied his 12th career 100-yard rushing game and 13th multi-TD effort.

 Conner finished with 117 yards on 22 rushes for an average of 5.3 yards per carry, and had a one-yard scoring run

 He also caught a 12-yard touchdown on 3rd and 11 with 10:24 left in the game, putting Pitt up 42-31 and ultimately providing the winning points. It was Conner’s second consecutive week with a receiving touchdown and a rushing touchdown in the same contest.

 Ryan Lewis

 Senior defensive back Ryan Lewis, whose first career interception clinched the Pitt win, also finished with a career-high nine tackles in the game, breaking his previous best of six set against Delaware on Aug. 30, 2014.

 George Aston

 Sophomore fullback George Aston scored the first two rushing touchdowns of his career, both in the first half.

 It was Aston’s second career multi-TD game after he caught two receiving scores against Louisville on Nov. 21, 2015.

 Quadree Henderson

 Sophomore wide receiver Quadree Henderson continued his impressive start to the season with another big game. After tallying 211 all-purpose yards last week against Villanova, Henderson accumulated 201 all-purpose yards against the Nittany Lions. He finished with 96 yards on kickoff returns (with a long of 84), 58 rushing and 47 receiving.

 Henderson also caught his first career touchdown in the second quarter, reeling in a seven-yard score from senior quarterback Nathan Peterman.

 Ejuan Price

 Senior defensive end Ejuan Price forced two fumbles in a game for the first time in his collegiate career. Price stripped Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley twice—initially on a seven-yard sack in the first quarter and then on a six-yard rushing loss in the second quarter. Pitt scored touchdowns on the subsequent drives off both turnovers.

Price was a force in the game, also finishing with three quarterback hurries, two tackles for loss and one sack.

Yesterday we all made our predictions and I noticed that more than a few of us picked OSU to win.  That certainly isn’t far-fetched give what we saw late Last Saturday afternoon.  But at the same time a bunch of national sportswriters have chosen Pitt to come out on top.

I think we pull it off because Canada opens the passing game up and that complements the run game.

So – leave your impressions as the game unfolds.  It should be a good hard-fought one and let’s hope the Panthers are the last team standing…

(I’ll not be doing in-game comments as I’ll be watching at Dan 72’s house with some other Pitt fans)

429 thoughts on “Pitt vs OSU Gameday Thread

  1. Conner most likely goes to fifth place all time rushing yards today, passing McCoy and Lewis.

    Who will get off the snide today? Tipton, Lopes or Matthews. Hopefully all three.

    Will Blewitt get off the Field Goal snide?

    Hopefully, Conklin uses more depth at D-Tackle today. Herndon, Watts and Camp need a few plays each to keep Jarrett and Soto fresh.

    Same with D-backs and linebackers, going to be doing a lot of running today, time to see some of the depth at these positions.

    Some turnovers and three and outs are essential for a win.

    Most important are many long sustained touchdown drives keeping the OKST offense on the bench.

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  2. Been thinking Lopes but not all that comfortable saying that. NP likes to throw the shorter type routes. I expect PITT will run until they can’t anymore. ??

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  3. Dr Tom – nice find on Pittsburgh.rivals. I’ve been saying this week that our D success depends on our being able to pound on the QB – sacks and/or hits at release. Mark him hurt!. That will make the DBs’ jobs a lot easier, and should lead to a couple INTs = Game Time; Rodeo’s over, and this time, the Bull (in White) WINS!

    Sorry Okies – no “Ride ’em Cowboy” this week!!!

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  4. I’m really excited. This game has the potential to be an unbelievably great game!!! The gun slingers throwing all over the field vs. the road graders running it done their throats. WOW!!!! The contrast alone makes it crazy interesting. Lets hope when the last gun sounds we’re the ones still standing.
    #H2P!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Marshall is playing Akron on the CBS sports network if you want to check out an upcoming opponent.

    Iowa is currently playing (and losing 7-0) to a really,really good FCS North Dakota State.

    Really good noon game tv schedule.

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  6. Tyler Palko screams at the coin toss….”I am so _ ucking proud of my guys for battling through the choices and picking heads”. Always pick heads on the road. Pitt is 1-0 today. I try never to be a realist when picking games on here. I am a realist with my friends in Vegas however!

    Good luck gentlemen. Getting the pre-game jitters already.

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  7. Thank God we aren’t playing Louisville this year (at least until the ACC Championship Game), they are smoking Florida State 35-10 at the half.

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  8. Lamar Jackson wins Heisman and L’Ville wins ACC and Petrino Coach of the Year.

    Guy is a winner even if he isn’t character of the year.

    Come on Pitt. Make me a believer like Doc noted. Couldn’t make it to Oklahoma. Called to West Palm and on the beach.

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  9. Reed – Hope I’m wrong but Vegas in my opinion wants people to take Pitt. They are tricky if you watch lines. Pure gambler perspective means Ok St by 15 ish pertracking this line.

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  10. What the hell are you using to source the weather Reed?

    Stillwater hourly below:

    1:00 PM SAT, SEP 17
    Cloudy 79° 82° 0% 62% NE 3 mph
    2:00 PM SAT, SEP 17
    Mostly Cloudy 81° 83° 0% 59% ENE 3 mph
    3:00 PM SAT, SEP 17
    Partly Cloudy 82° 84° 0% 56% ENE 3 mph
    4:00 PM SAT, SEP 17
    Partly Cloudy 83° 85° 0% 53% E 3 mph
    5:00 PM SAT, SEP 17
    Sunny 84° 86° 0% 53% E 4 mph
    6:00 PM SAT, SEP 17
    Sunny 83° 85° 0% 55% E 5 mph
    7:00 PM SAT, SEP 17
    Sunny 80° 83° 0% 61% E 5 mph

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  11. Uh, Columbia is very nice here 20 min away. Out cutting grass and cleaning up yard to make the time pass.

    Should not say this but feeling good about this one.

    Pitt 32 Ok St 21

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  12. Constantino from Vandergrift Pennsylvania now playing quarter back for Florida State… Florida State has no quarterback and either first team or second string

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  13. Big B – This is not Lousiville’s 2015 team. They hang 60 on FSU it would be 120 on our D.

    Love Texas State Today ECU and Syracuse. Oh and Ohio St.

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