(Reed is always a week behind!!)
(Please excuse the beginning of the Podcast – I had to edit the first few seconds out…)
The die was cast and Pitt won the football game yesterday over Virginia by is score 45 to 31. It was a strange game especially in the second half after the teams were sitting at 35 to 28 at the end of the first two quarters. Everyone in the stadium thought we’d see another high scoring two quarters to end the game.
But that didn’t happen. Instead we watched both teams play looser and more error-filled football. The junior quarterback for the Cavaliers, Kurt Benkert, who passed so well in the first half … he had 147 yards in the first quarter… couldn’t complete a pass to save his life in the second half.
Our running game averaged only 4.3 yards on 49 carries. That is a kind of inefficient approach to the game, but again we scored 45 points and I think the offense we saw yesterday will be exactly the same from now on. It will have to be if we want to keep winning while giving up 31.4 ppg (to our 38.4 ppg).
Matt Canada is not going to change this offense because it works as far as putting points on the board and we’re getting wins. If we weren’t, then we’d see more of the passing game. That wouldn’t have helped us much yesterday as our passing was sub-par.
Peterman had a respectable QB rating of 134.6 for the match but missed way too many open receivers. His stats line of 11/21 for 137 and two TDs with a long of 38 yards (TD to Weah) was unimpressive. However his 11 TDs to 2 INTs on the season is.
However, with the help of a beautiful kick return by Henderson and a Pick 6 by Jordan Whitehead we had a bigger margin of points which allowed us to carry that rushing average.
Here are the statistics from the game. Some of them look really good on paper but if you look more closely you’ll see that they led us to having to keep the ball on the ground – especially because of the passing game:
For those who didn’t watch the game – here is a bit that somewhat vindicates all the Pitt fans who want to see James Conner play both ways… Check out the finishing touch The Beast puts on the QB.
I spoke in the podcast about our poor scoring defense of 31.4 per game this season. From the years 2008 through 2015 our scoring defense averaged 22.9. That encompasses four different HCs and two different conferences. An 8.5 ppg difference is huge my friends and bolsters why I think Conklin is not only disposable but should be replaced.
In Narduzzi/Conklin’s two years our defense has given up an average of 28.8 points – that is in comparison to the other years 22.5 ppg. If we keep this up for the rest of the season things have to change.
BTW – Peterman’s career QB rating at Pitt is 142.4. That is a career stat line of 293/472 for 3539 yards with 31 TDs and 10 INTs… not too shabby especially when we add a 12-7 record over those two seasons (so far)
Here are his historical peers’ ratings:
Note: Big B – our stalwart commenter – sent me an email where he mentioned that Pitt has sent a video to the NCAA for review of the last TD pass North Carolina scored on us to win the game . Apparently we think they had five players on the backfield on that play. See if you agree.
It may be true – a QB, two RBs in the normal backfield – then two WRs back off the LOS. I’m no rules junkie but the score will stand. Here is a snapshot look:
Here are my friend ex-Pitt FB Lance Markle’s stats while at Pitt. He was a blocking FB of old from ’88-’91 and kicked the crap out of the enemy defenders. He played for HC’s Gottfied and Hackett. He’s the guy scoring the TD in the title photo.