It’s been a while since Pitt has really been licked. I mean like really licked in the regular season, as in take-you-behind-the-woodshed, and whack you with a hickory stick until you are black and blue.
364 days to be exact. Pitt at Miami. November 24th, 2018. Pitt scored three points and bumbled their way to 200 yards of total offense against a team that wanted it more. Pitt committed ten penalties in that game, by the way.
November 23rd, 2019. Pitt scored zero points and somehow managed to collect 177 yards against a team that wanted it way more. Pitt committed ten penalties in this game as well.
Oh sure, the offense did see some success in the second quarter when Pickett beat the blitz and connected with Wayne and Mack over the middle to move the ball into the red zone. But of course Pitt couldn’t convert on 4th and two. Tech scored their third touchdown of the day shortly thereafter with just 50 seconds left in the half and well, unless you are brand new to Pitt football, you pretty much knew it was over.
Our defense played as well as you’d have expected them to. Better than you’d expect even, given that they were on the field for 35 minutes. Look, you can’t fault them for the scoop-and-score, and so they only gave up 21. That’s just a point more than Notre Dame gave up to Virginia Tech, except the Irish were at home. Pitt held VT to 263 yards, 2.3 yards per rush. Just 153 yards passing (although Hooker’s QB Rating was higher than his season average…) On any given Saturday that would have felt like a pretty good day at the office.
And when I say Pitt, I mean our offense.
Kenny Pickett’s tone postgame says it all. I transcribed it below, but you’ll lose 90% of the meaning if just read the words.
Reporter: “Was [the pass rush? Ed note: I can’t quite make out the words] your problem today?”
Pickett: “No. No I don’t think so”
Reporter: “Were they doing anything in particular to kind of throw you guys out of your rhythm?”
Pickett: “No, we had everything we wanted we just weren’t make the plays that where there. We’ll see it on film, but it was pretty clear to tell when we were out there playing.”
Reporter: “Was the weather a factor?”
Pickett: “It could have been”
Reporter: “How hard was it to grip the ball”
Pickett: “Not hard, I was throwing it fine”
Reporter: “Kenny can you describe the post game locker room?”
Pickett: “How would you expect the post-game locker room to be? I ‘mean that’s a pretty easy question to answer”.
Reporter: “What ticks you off about the way you played tonight”
Pickett: “We just didn’t show up. The defense played well. We just didn’t show up offensively”
Reporter: “Any explanation for that?”
And that’s where I am. Silence. Moving on.
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