OK then. It’s two weeks in a row that we held on to win games against pretty decent opponents. There are a few things that jumped out at me and we’ll talk about those – but overall every Pitt fan I know, except for one pretty smart curmudgeon, has to be happy with the results at Heinz today.
Here are the stats I used for the podcast:
Here were the comparison stats going into the game:
Team Stats – Through games 10/07/2016 (before GT)
|Team Passing Efficiency||44||145.78|
|Passing Yards Allowed||126||336.8|
|Team Passing Efficiency Defense||109||151.55|
|3rd Down Conversion Pct||54||0.419|
|4th Down Conversion Pct||T-25||0.667|
|3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense||39||0.338|
|4th Down Conversion Pct Defense||T-95||0.667|
|Red Zone Offense||T-29||0.913|
|Red Zone Defense||T-115||0.941|
|First Downs Offense||T-60||107|
|First Downs Defense||T-59||99|
Team Stats – Through games 10/08/2016 (after GT)
|Total Offense||53||430 (Better than last week)
|Team Passing Efficiency||36||148.83|
|Scoring Offense||34||37.3 (worse than last week)
|Passing Yards Allowed||123||302.3|
|Team Passing Efficiency Defense||120||154.57|
|3rd Down Conversion Pct||43||0.435|
|4th Down Conversion Pct||T-16||0.714|
|3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense||44||0.354|
|4th Down Conversion Pct Defense||T-90||0.615|
|Red Zone Offense||T-22||0.926|
|Red Zone Defense||T-118||0.947|
Here is an excellent photo of tough guys Soto and Jarrett on the LOS getting ready for the next play..
Here is Narduzzi talking about getting ready for GT:
Then here is Narduzzi’s post-game conference… a happy man!
Onward to Virginia in their place next Saturday, Oct. 15th at 12:30 sharp. I think we take that one.
Monday Morning QB tomorrow.
Note: Here is a link to the book I mentioned in the Podcast. It is Playing Through the whistle by S.L. Price of Sports Illustrated renown. here is the lead-in:
In the early twentieth century, down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, the Jones & Laughlin Steel Company built one of the largest mills in the world and a town to go with it. Aliquippa was a beacon and a melting pot, pulling in thousands of families from Europe and the Jim Crow south. The J&L mill, though dirty and dangerous, offered a chance at a better life. It produced the steel that built American cities and won World War II and even became something of a workers’ paradise. But then, in the 1980’s, the steel industry cratered. The mill closed. Crime rose and crack hit big.
Here is a bit more:
But another industry grew in Aliquippa. The town didn’t just make steel; it made elite football players, from Mike Ditka to Ty Law to Darrelle Revis. Pro football was born in Western Pennsylvania, and few places churned out talent like Aliquippa. Despite its troubles—maybe even because of them—Aliquippa became legendary for producing football greatness. A masterpiece of narrative journalism, Playing Through the Whistle tells the remarkable story of Aliquippa and through it, the larger history of American industry, sports, and life. Like football, it will make you marvel, wince, cry, and cheer.
And here is an article about the book in Sports Illustrated from a few weeks ago – great read also. But I think I’m going to do a separate podcast just about this book – it is that good and not just on about Quip football either.