PITT POSTGAME NOTES

Here is a Blue & Gold colored look at the game. I’ll go more in-depth with the MMQB article posted tomorrow…

No. 24 Tennessee 34, No. 17 Pitt 27 (OT)
Sept. 10, 2022

TEAM

  • With today’s 34-27 overtime loss, No. 17 Pitt fell to 3-1 all-time against Tennessee.
  • The 24th-ranked Volunteers (2-0) were the first SEC team to play at Pittsburgh.
  • The Panthers (1-1) are now 13-4-2 against current members of the SEC.
  • Pitt is now 10-11 all-time in overtime games, including 5-2 under Coach Pat Narduzzi.

OFFENSE

  • Israel Abanikanda gave Pitt a 10-0 first-quarter lead with a 76-yard touchdown run.
  • It marked the Panthers’ longest rush since Nov. 10, 2018, when Qadree Ollison had a school-record 97-yard run (TD) against Virginia Tech.
  • Abanikanda finished with a career-high 154 yards and a TD on 25 carries (6.2 avg.).
  • It is the second 100-yard rushing game of his career (140 at Virginia Tech, Oct. 16, 2021).
  • Gavin Bartholomew had a 57-yard touchdown catch (pass from Kedon Slovis) to give Pitt a 17-7 lead in the second quarter. The catch was a career long and marked the fifth touchdown reception of his career.
  • Bartholomew finished with 84 receiving yards on five catches (16.8 avg.).
  • His receiving yardage is a career high, while his catch total matched his personal best.
  • Slovis finished 14 of 24 for 195 yards with one touchdown and one interception in two quarters of play. He did not play in the second half due to injury.
  • In relief of Slovis, Nick Patti made his first appearance of the season in the second half and threw for 79 yards on 9-of-20 passing. It marked the 18th career game appearance for Patti.
  • Jared Wayne finished with 82 receiving yards and a TD on a career-high seven receptions (11.7 avg.). His touchdown came on fourth down with 2:23 left in regulation, tying the game at 27 and forcing overtime.
  • Wayne’s touchdown catch was his first of the season and ninth of his career.

DEFENSE

  • Pitt held Tennessee to 91 rushing yards on 35 carries (2.6 avg.). It was the 37th time during Pat Narduzzi’s tenure that the Panthers have held an opponent under 100 rushing yards. Pitt is 28-9 in such games.
  • Safety Erick Hallett II recovered a fumble (forced by Tylar Wiltz) in the third quarter.
  • It marked the second consecutive game Hallett recovered a fumble and the third of his career overall.  
  • Linebacker Brandon George’s six-yard sack in the third quarter was the first of his career. 
  • Cornerback M.J. Devonshire made the first start of his collegiate career.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Safety P.J. O’Brien blocked a Tennessee punt in the third quarter, the Panthers’ first since Nov. 28, 2020, when John Petrishen blocked a punt at Clemson.

It was Pitt’s first block overall since Oct. 2, 2021, when SirVocea Dennis blocked a FG at Georgia Tech.

Long snapper Byron Floyd recovered a fumble on punt coverage, the first of his career. Pitt parlayed the turnover into a 39-yard touchdown drive that tied the game at 27 with 2:23 remaining.