That was one of the most frustrating games I have watched Pitt play in a long time.
It is easy to be disappointed in the team when they get blown out, but to score 38 points on the day and still lose is hard to watch. Actually the last quarter was impossible to watch because ESPN wanted money more than continuity and dropped us like a hot potato after a 2 hour lightning delay.
But any time you opponent opens up the game with a 91 yards TD pass on their first play – when there was no defended within 10 yards of the receiver – you should pretty much steel yourself that bad things are going to happen. And they did – all day long.
Mason Rudolph had a 20.7 ypc average yesterday – the OSU receivers catching and running with the pass the ball averaged out to 20.7 yards gained. That right there is the defensive game plan for each of our remaining opponents.
But with that said the OSU fans must have felt much the same way as their team could push their lead past 14 points and Pitt just kept hanging around. Until the very end of the game when our QB pulled a McSorley and threw an INT with 0:15 seconds left to close out our chances.
We can, and should, point a lot of fingers at a lot of our units and players but the pointer finger needs to be squarely in the DBs direction. As I stated last week – they were horrendous individually and as a group – Jordan Whitehead included. The OSU QB, Mason Rudolph, had his way with them to a tune of 550 yards given up in the passing game.
Here is the final box score – see for yourself what the damage was: