Well. That happened. I don’t know what it is about playing Virginia Tech with a one-dimensional offense at Heinz Field on senior night that brings out the best in Pitt Football, but damn. If I were Pat, I’d lobby the ACC to keep Virginia Tech as the final home game of the season in perpetuity.
And think about Virginia Tech. Oh those fans just have to be livid. I mean they didn’t just get blown out, but they got blown out by Pitt. Pitt! A team that couldn’t score inside the redzone if we replaced the opposing defense with a wet paper bag. Pitt! The team that mustered exactly zero points against them in Blacksburg last season. Pitt! The team left for dead by many (including me) after dropping four games in a row just after they broke into the top 25. And yet, here we are. Jaylen Barden Emerged. DJ Turner had an All-ACC Day. A young offensive line blocked better than the veterans they replaced, and Kenny Pickett went out and had his best game as a Panther. 47 points later, Justin Fuente’s seat is feeling pretty damn hot. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.
Speaking of Pitt’s offense, is it fair to say they’ve turned a corner? Possibly. Yes, Pitt has played two of the worst FBS defenses they’ve faced all season, but look at the point differential. Not only has Pitt dropped 40+ in its last two games, but they’ve outscored the opposing defense’s Points Against Average in those two games as well. That only happened once this season against an FBS team, and that was in overtime. Case in point:
I don’t know if this turnaround is enough to save Whipple’s job, but if Pitt’s offense can muster a respectable showing against Clemson (which means 24-28 points) and drop 40 against Georgia Tech, Whip just might be able to make himself a case for continuity (much to Pitt fans’ collective chagrin). It’s just too bad Whip couldn’t have figured out this forty point thing like three games into the season. NC State’s defense, at least statistically, is no better than VT’s, and Boston College’s isn’t much better either.
But hey lets not delve into controversy tonight. There is plenty of time for that. Tonight belongs to the seniors and to their families. Tonight belongs to all the guys who showed up and let it all hang out at Heinz. Tonight belongs to the guys who worked their a$$es off for four or five years for Pitt football. While their early season aspirations have fallen by the wayside, it’s always nice to send the senior class out with a win. Especially against the hated Hokies. #LightItUp and Hail to Pitt.
PS – some of my favorite tweets of they day below are included for your viewing pleasure.
Yes. Yes they do. Gotta love ’em. (when you aren’t raving mad at ’em)
H2P. And thank you Seniors.