MMQB: Pitt Loss to Georgia Tech

To be honest, it’s more fun being the underdog.” (quote from Stephen Karam).

You can bet the house that is how the Georgia Tech football team felt at the end of the game on Saturday night after the oddsmakers had Pitt winning with a 21.5 point margin of victory. The final score, at 26-21 in GT’s favor, was not all that surprising if you had truly looked closely at how Pitt had played it’s previous four games and then entering the GT game at 3-1.

We had homefield advantage, even on a crappy weather night and we came out of the gate looking like Carnegie Mellon could beat us. GT was more fired up and had much more concentration on each play than we were.

A case in point was the difference in both penalties and turnovers. Pitt had 12, count them 12, penalties for 75 yards along with three turnovers which hammered the nails into the coffin lid. GT answered that with only four flags for 43 yards and zero turnovers.

Again, hyped up players, composure on the field and on the sidelines and better coaching from the booth combined to beat us. Forget about what some were saying about disarray due the the HC being fired the week before – it energized the GT guys.

Even in the games with our two lesser FCS opponents there were worrisome signs – against Western Michigan we went into the fourth quarter leading by only seven points at 20-13. Against an even easier team, Rhode Island, we were ahead by 10 points at 24-14 having given up a 63 yard run for the first TD and a completed 45 yard pass to set up their second TD.

Yes, we won both games by a pretty big margin of success in terms of points and that 3-1 record kept us in the Top 25 (falling from pre-season ranking of #13).

But some Pitt fans looked at those big plays, and the fact that we were out passed by RI’s QB, and started to wonder just what sort of team this 2022 squad is. At this point it may be some time before we get back up to that Top 25.

Especially since the GT loss put us below even the “Others receiving votes” listing. Don’t read this next sentence if you are faint of heart… Penn State is ranked #10 with a 5-0 record.

Back to the game: In GT’s opening possession we had them bottled up then on a 2nd & 11 snap they completed a 33 pass to not only get the 1st down but to jump to our 22 yard line then grab a 3-0 lead on a FG. With there was a real sense that this match wasn’t going to be the runaway win Pitt and fans had hoped for. GT held that lead and added another FG then kept that lead until there was only 1:05 left in the half where we scored a TD to go up by one.

In other words GT was tied or held the lead for 28:55 of the first half. The second half mucked onward with GT regaining the lead and holding it the last 23:24 of the game – doing the math we were tied or on the lesser end of the score for 52+ minutes of the game.

Why did that happen? For a beginning reason we sucked at the run game and then, even worse, sucked at stopping their run game. In numbers they had 232 yards (5.3 avg) and one TD while we went into the locker room with 106 rushing yards (3.4 avg) and zero TDs. BTW – as far as big ground plays go they had runs of 63 and 42 while our longest were 12 and 11 yards.

Where was this great defense Pitt fans talk about? Going into this game GT was 106th in the nation in rushing with 123 YPG and they grabbed 232 yards from us.

Sorry die hard Pitt fans but that level of play makes projecting out the rest of the season pretty hard to figure out. Had we won this game, even by one point, we’d all feel better about the rest of our ACC games. Now we look at our first five games and see that of those three FBS teams we have played we lost two of them with one being this huge upset.

We’ll watch closely for a turnaround against Virginia Tech next week as they now sit at 2-3 losing big in their FBS matches and losing the opener against FCS Old Dominion. VT has a horrid offense so far but a bright spot for them is their rushing defense which has held opponents to 100.8 YPG (24th in nation).

If our OL plays as it did this last game, bad pass protection (GT had 12 QB hurries with Slovis) and sluggish pulling on run plays, we could be in for another surprise at Acrisure Stadium.


40 thoughts on “MMQB: Pitt Loss to Georgia Tech

  1. I don’t care where PSU is ranked. I do care that we did nothing to deserve to win on Saturday.

    Good news–we got a bunch of guys back in action. That is all.

    Thanks for the Reed. Seems pretty “sane” to me. 🙂



  2. PITT (3-2, 0-1 ACC) vs. VIRGINIA TECH (2-3, 1-1 ACC): Complete Game Release Link

    October 8, 2022 ∙ 3:30 p.m. (ET)

    Acrisure Stadium (68,400/Natural Grass) ∙ Pittsburgh, Pa.

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    √ The Panthers eye their first ACC win of the season when they host Coastal Division foe Virginia Tech.

    √ Despite last week’s setback to Georgia Tech, Pitt is 10-3 over its last 13 ACC contests.

    √ Pitt has won two consecutive games against Virginia Tech by an aggregate score of 75-21. The Panthers won 28-7 last year in Blacksburg and 47-14 in Pittsburgh during the 2020 season.

    √ Dating back to 2001, when both schools were Big East members, the Panthers have won nine of the past 13 games against Virginia Tech.

    √ Since 2015, Pat Narduzzi has directed Pitt to 36 victories in ACC play, the third-highest win total during that span. The Panthers trail only Clemson (55) and Miami (37). Virginia Tech has 34 wins in that stretch.

    √ Pitt is 17-6 over its last 23 games, marking its winningest stretch since 2008-09, when Dave Wannstedt’s Panthers went 18-5 over a 23-game span.

    √ Pitt is tied for the ACC lead and ranks 13th nationally with 16 sacks this season, an average of 3.20 per contest. Linebacker SirVocea Dennis and tackle Calijah Kancey lead the Panthers with three sacks each.

    √ Virginia Tech has surrendered the second-fewest sacks in the ACC to date with six (1.2 per game).

    √ The Panthers are averaging 34:01 in possession time this season. That average leads the ACC and ranks 10th nationally.

    √ Israel Abanikanda leads the ACC in all-purpose yards (154.60 avg.) and ranks second in rushing yards (102.0) and total touchdowns (seven).


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  3. From the Pitt News:

    By Frankie Richetti, Senior Staff Writer
    OCTOBER 2, 2022

    The gloomy skies and constant drizzle that hung over Acrisure Stadium prior to kickoff on Saturday gave Panther fans a miserable look into the future of their 2022 team.

    Following the No. 24 Panthers’ stunning 26-21 loss against Georgia Tech, players walked off the field with their heads down in disbelief. But under Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi’s watch, losses like Saturday’s aren’t much of a surprise anymore — they’re almost expected.

    Here are my takeaways.

    Time to temper expectations

    Before the Panthers opened ACC play against Georgia Tech on Saturday night, many expected them to cruise to another Coastal Division crown.

    Prior to the season, Miami was supposed to be the main challenger to Pitt’s ACC Coastal Division title defense, but they lost by two possessions to Middle Tennessee State last weekend. Pitt entered the weekend as the only team from the division to be ranked in the top 25.

    North Carolina has an explosive offense but an extremely bad defense. Duke is out to a 4-1 start, but Pitt is still heavily favored despite the Blue Devil’s hot start. Maybe they’d slip up somewhere, but the consensus was still that Pitt would make another run to Charlotte for the ACC Championship.

    Well, it’s time to temper those expectations. Until they prove otherwise, we can’t look at this team in the same light as last year.

    After Georgia Tech fired their head coach just six days prior to Saturday’s game, it seemed like the Panthers would fare well against the reeling, 1-3 Yellow Jackets.

    Instead, Pitt fell back into old habits, losing to a team they had no business losing to. Georgia Tech’s win over Pitt was the largest ACC upset in five years. The Yellow Jackets entered the game with nine straight losses to FBS opponents, losing by a combined score of 210-20.

    This wasn’t just any slip-up — it was an embarrassment.

    Throughout camp, players said that they would use last season’s loss against Western Michigan as motivation heading into this season and that they wouldn’t underestimate any of their opponents.

    Pitt senior safety Brandon Hill said that bad losses are meaningless without the lessons learned from them.

    “[The losses] don’t mean nothing if you don’t learn from them, if you don’t correct them,” Hill said. “We don’t want to take any team lightly.”

    But they weren’t corrected. In fact, letdowns against inferior opponents have been all too common throughout Narduzzi’s tenure.

    History repeats itself

    After last season’s loss to Western Michigan, Narduzzi said the team still had time to achieve their goals for the season. He wasn’t lying — they did. And to their credit, they put the loss behind them and went on to win the conference.

    But at some point the message grows stale.

    After the loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday, Narduzzi stepped to the podium and delivered the same message.

    “All of our goals are still ahead of us,” Narduzzi said. “This will make them a little hungrier.”

    But that’s the thing — it shouldn’t take a pitiful loss at home to make your team hungrier. Many of the guys on Pitt’s roster got to feel what it’s like to win a championship last season. If they weren’t a part of the roster, they’ve been hearing about that winning feeling all summer.

    If getting the chance to experience that again — or for the first time — isn’t enough, then what is?

    Upsets happen — It’s part of the sport. But for them to happen at this rate is a major issue.

    This game also wasn’t anywhere close to what the final score indicated. After all, Tech was up by 12 points late in the fourth quarter and probably should’ve been up more after failing to convert a few plays from the goal line.

    I’m not sure what the fix is. This is just who Pitt is under Narduzzi. And there is eight years of evidence to back that up.

    Next week will prove if this loss was just an anomaly.

    Like the loss to Western Michigan last season, the taste of this loss won’t go away.

    Even if Pitt goes on to finish 10-2 and goes to the ACC title game, this loss will tarnish whatever they go on to accomplish in the eyes of the national media.

    But Pitt’s players can’t think that way. Nobody wants to hear it right now, but this is still a really talented roster. They have the ability to put this behind them and string some wins together.

    But will they? That’s a different story.

    Next week’s game against Virginia Tech suddenly became a much bigger game than originally anticipated. If Pitt comes out flat, it will show that they probably just aren’t all that good. If they can beat the Hokies convincingly, it won’t change how humiliating the loss was, but it’ll at least show that they’ve turned the page.

    It’s going to be tough — Pitt has a lot of problems right now. Senior quarterback Kedon Slovis was not good on Saturday night. He held onto the ball far too long and couldn’t get into any sort of a rhythm until the Yellow Jackets started playing prevent defense with two minutes remaining.

    The offensive line has underwhelmed and the team has a bunch of injury problems, with junior running back Izzy Abanikanda being the most recent Panther to fall victim to the injury bug. The wide receivers haven’t done much to help out Slovis, either.

    Regardless, Pitt has to find a way to win — there are no more excuses. We’ll see if they follow through on Narduzzi’s words and are truly hungrier following their loss to Georgia Tech.

    Doomed from the start

    In a baffling sequence of events, Pitt opted to open the game by throwing the ball three straight times.

    Pitt didn’t gain a single yard and went three-and-out.

    Abanikanda — the ACC’s leading rusher — saw just two touches in the first quarter. Georgia Tech entered the game giving up the 11th most rushing yards in the country (Ed Note: GT was actually 121st in the nation for rushing defense, not 11th). It’s hard to understand why Pitt didn’t lean on Abanikanda more, especially with the poor conditions.

    Slovis started the game 2-9 and passed for just eight yards. The Panthers’ strategy to come out throwing put them behind the eight ball throughout the first half, with the average distance to go on third downs being 6.9 yards. The Panthers went 1-7 on third downs in the first half and were only able to muster up seven points.

    Pitt finished the night just 2-12 on third downs.

    All things considered, it would have been a lot easier for the Pitt offense to establish the run and play off that, rather than trying to use their passing game to set up the run in the pouring rain.

    The Panthers’ poor play-calling to open the game set the tone for a very forgettable rest of the night.

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  4. I believe Reed called this weeks ago but could Kedon Slovis be Max Browne part II? I hope I am wrong but I remember when Browne got hurt against Syracuse and we lost to them which we never do. Kenny Pickett came in at the end of the game for his first collegiate play. This GA Tech loss felt very similar to that Syracuse loss.

    Also, I can’t believe Paul Chryst got fired at Wisconsin. He had such an impressive resume to get hired there…haha. I cannot forgive someone who led us to decisive losses against Akron and Youngstown St. Heck, Paul Hackett didn’t even sink that low.

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  5. AJ. Max Browne was better!

    I’m no fan of Narduzzi because he acts like a pompous ass in pressers when Pitt wins but……

    The most disturbing thing about the GT game to me was GT out hit and in fact bullied both Pitt lines. That should never happen! Then there’s all the posing and woofing by Pitt players after mediocre play and you see them smiling and goofing around on the sidelines!!

    All of it on the coaches and all of it inexcusable !!

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  6. Starting with VT, we will make all of our opponents look like Alabama or Georgia.

    The other item in the game that was disturbing was the 3rd and 4th down efficiency 3 of 14?! Would love to unpack the horrors there – what the yards for a first were needed, the play that was run and what the results were (run/pass for less, dropped pass, zero gain, etc.)

    Yesterday I posted negatively about our celebrations while losing and was quickly corrected because it was a “first and second collegiate score”. Who cares. Know where the game is and I thought this team was “We not Me”? That apparently means nothing.

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  7. Cignetti runs on 3rd and 5, 3rd and 3, 3rd and 2, 3rd and 5, 4th and 3. Doesn’t Narduzzi always talk about explosives. Not getting big plays with that mentality.


  8. Hoping this game was a one-off, but I don’t think so. The box score looked exactly the opposite of how we all thought it would.

    I have zero confidence in Cignetti. He had a prime opportunity to leverage Pitt’s strength – the run game – against an inferior opponent – WHO WAS RUNNING A 4-2 DEFENSE. And he didn’t. Shame.

    Also if you look back to when Cignetti was in stalling the offense. One Duzz comment stuck with me. “I’ve never seen such a high volume of plays being installed”. Now if you know anything about anyhting it’s that lack of focus gets you nowhere, no matter what industry you are in.

    “I am not afraid of the guy who practices 1000 punches one time. I am deathly afraid of the guy who practices one punch 1000 times”. – Brue Lee.

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    1. Spot on. I guess the bigger question should be answered by our AD, who signed off on the hire. The question would be this. Coach, if your team is built to win the coastal and then the ACC, can you point to proof that your candidate has ever led a team to that type of perch offensively? We are knocking on the top10, how does your choice elevate us? When we are recruiting coaches from BC, we have a problem.

      I still think we win the awful coastal.

      Wasn’t Bruce Lee a kicker for Pitt or am I thinking of another kicker? I think Bruce was a great kicker! 🙂

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        1. I remember Greg Lee. He was a receiver, #86. He left Pitt a year early to go the NFL and did not get drafted. Does anyone remember when we lost 7 to 6 to Nebraska on the road in Wanny’s first year? Lee caught a pass and lumbered down the sidelines getting tackled. We never got the ball in the end zone. That was an instance of SOP.


  9. Long ride home yesterday in really crappy weather…. which continues here in Central VA today with the tail end of Ian still hanging around. My thoughts on Saturday:

    After spending an absolutely lovely Friday in the Laurel Mountains – replete with a spectacular sunset – it was hard to imagine that Hurricane Ian’s last legs could bring anything unpleasant to the Tri-State area over the weekend. But it did.

    To say that the blustery, soupy mess I awoke to on Saturday was a wee bit dispiriting is an understatement. Knowing that the nasty conditions would continue throughout the day and into the evening really took the wind out of my sails. I will not lie; there was a part of me that wished I could stay indoors or perhaps get in my car and head back home. In discussing pre-game plans with Fran, Wolfe and others, it became clear though that our group was going to head to the North Shore on Saturday afternoon. There was no discussion of not going.

    Some tailgate events are notable for their sheer size – or perhaps the presence of a DJ. Those are of course quite the scene. But a Red 5A tailgate on a nasty day is a special experience. A stout group of Pitt faithful gathered under the Ft. Duquesne North Shore ramps which was quite heartening. Wolfe once again provided serious tailgating infrastructure – a little rain wasn’t going to stop him from doing what he does…and does so well. Special guest star Rich Hefner was in the house! – so we had a POV celebrity among us as well. These are the real die hards

    Despite the warm experience of that gathering (and multiple helpings of Irish Coffee), the scene at the stadium was anything but that. And yes, I know one could see it was a light crowd while watching from the comfort of your warm, dry homes. But the atmosphere struck me as defeatist from the moment I walked in. The entire pre-game was tamped down and rushed, as if to say, “Can we get out of here already?!” The band never got out of their assigned seats… no Pitt script on the field, no exciting entrance through the tunnel…

    The students were there though… loud and in force. God Bless that bunch. A lone exception though and one could almost feel the upset loss creeping in the stadium before the kick-off.

    As for the game itself…

    I’ve wanted to see a bit more passing in the Pitt offense thus far this season. But I didn’t think that the first series was the time to do it. A few doses of Izzy to get everyone settled in and loosened up. Follow that up with some play action after moving the sticks once or twice, right? How odd to call three straight passes in that environment. I just didn’t get that and still don’t. Have seen other Pitt OC’s do this kind of thing in the past with similar results – so it wasn’t unique to Cignetti. A real head shaker and it only put more pressure on the offense in its next series.

    Are you with me… An atmosphere of doom before the game, points by GT, followed by that flaccid start? Man, that’s an uphill climb.

    Slovis….hmmm. After 4 games, he just doesn’t look like he has moxie. Looks like he knows how to run through his progressions and stays in the pocket. A real problem – to me at least – is that his receivers aren’t good enough to warrant waiting for a window to open and he would be better served to make a move out of the pocket sooner. Calling more throws to Bartholomew wouldn’t hurt either.

    Maybe he will change my mind in the next several weeks, but I’d be surprised. I’d be OK with Narduzzi and Cignetti borrowing a move from Mike Tomlin – play Yarnell next Sat if Slovis doesn’t make things happen early. “We needed a spark” was Tomlin’s rationale if I heard him correctly. Pitt needs a spark at QB. Yarnell may be experienced but he sure looked like a confident guy on the field and after the WMU game. He has some swagger and is cool.

    Eric – spot on with your comments about line push. Those guys should be embarrassed by that performance. They can do better and I would expect as much this coming weekend. They will need to.

    In my mind, we lost that big Vegas spread in the 1st qtr.

    The turnovers and the penalties sealed the deal. Pitt was its own worst enemy and I would expect a better showing – at least from a discipline perspective on Saturday against the Hokies.
    BTW – who does one start at RB next weekend? I sure hope the injury Izzy sustained was akin to the one Bartholomew got the week before as he clearly was able to come back and have a decent game.

    Postgame – sounds like some of you don’t like the whole “I need to look at the tape” comments. OK, if you want to be frustrated by Duzz’s demeanour that’s understandable, but at least give him credit for having the restraint to not say exactly what’s on his mind while he’s pissed. Would make for great reading, but it wouldn’t help the team. He knows exactly what he saw on the field, and it was the same disappointing performance the rest of us did.

    Final comment – I’ve never felt so happy after a Steeler loss. The Kenny Pickett era has started. And to set the record straight – particularly for you stats folks… Kenny threw 13 balls and 12 of them hit Steeler receivers’ hands. That’s accuracy. The other one was the Hail Mary at the end – which wasn’t a bad heave for a guy with small hands. So whether the Freiermuth one was borderline ill-advised or not – Im thinking Bart gets that ball. I’m all in on Kenney Pickett.

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    1. I loved the honorable mention losses, too.
      But don’t worry…he’ll look at the tape…because his eyes were apparently closed during the game…and I can’t blame him!


  10. Do I think this means PITT sucks? No

    Tennessee did not outplay PITT, no way.

    Georgia Tech outplayed PITT.

    Doesn’t look like to me the WR’s run sharp routes.

    I would fully back the hiring of Brennan Randall Marion as PITT’s Offense Coordinator. ASAP!

    Go Greensburg Salem!

    Like many here on the POV, I’m a very big fan of Daniel Carter along with Rick (EE). Last week was the perfect time to see what he can do at running back.

    Also, PITT misses Cam Bright, I honestly think PITT would have beat Tennessee and Georgia Tech with him.

    Bangally Kamara, see directly above.

    Kudos to Deven Danielson, played the best game of his career.

    BYW, I did not see Nick Patti on the sidelines? Anyone?

    I won’t admit to turning the game off early and missing the last few minutes, no way I’ll ever admit to it.

    What game against Georgia Tech you talkin about Willis?

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    1. Ike: Per Duzz, Patti was “ready to roll” two weeks ago for the Rhode Island game. This after he was apparently “not injured” against Tennessee. So my guess is that he was hanging out somewhere with Jimmy Hoffa on Saturday night.


  11. Narduzzi had the opportunity with Marion. When Marion saw he wasn’t a candidate, he bolted.


  12. Did Chryst suddenly forget how to recruit? Why not fire the coordinators first? If a hometown guy can get fired, what are the lessons for Narduzzi?


    1. He already sacrificed Joe Rudolph last year – demoted him. Rudolph is now run game coordinator and OL coach at…. wait for it…. Virginia Tech.

      Chryst’s recruiting strategy was “just offer” and to focus on “the big palookas up front”. I liked him, but you could see this one coming.

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  13. Two days later, and I’m still totally disgusted with the GT loss. With the stakes so high, how can this team not be prepared to play? I think starting with the passing first series sent them a message that Pitt was afraid to challenge them upfront. But you could tell that throughout the first half they were sort of in a fog, and not taking control. Hard to believe that they were actually talking national championship not long ago..


  14. This team will continue to struggle until the O-line gets it together. I don’t see it happening. The starters seem to be lethargic and how disappointing have Minor and Kradel been? Borbs is teetering on buffoon status at the moment and he is the first guy to go when the season ends. Of course, he can prove me wrong and get this unit going.

    I like what I see from Taylor and maybe kick Gonclaves inside to guard. That would mean benching someone, and I think Borbs doesn’t want to hurt any seniors’ feelings.


  15. Slovis looks too deliberate. Almost afraid to throw it out of fear of INT. Obviously, GT was piling guys in the box to stop the run. They were daring us to pass. Need to fix that and get rid of the injury bug. I think we’ll see a big rebound in the VT game.


  16. Remember Duzz’s words at the beginning of the season for the 2021 ACC defending champs…” We aren’t the hunted….we are going hunting!!!” (or something along those lines) So keep hunting Duzz ’cause something seems to be miss’n……


  17. 2 fumbles lost
    4 potential interceptions dropped
    12 penalties
    Hard to beat any team with this many miscues

    Mumfield caught almost all his targets
    Wayne looked to be mostly back from injury
    Oline had many backups and didn’t gel (understatement)


  18. The fact that there have only been 56 comments combined on the two posts this week shows how disgusted the fanbase is with the Georgia Tech loss. I know there was a game thread and another post over the weekend, but usually the venting after a tough loss continues well through the MMQB to the tune of 100+ or even 200+ posts. Seems like the Panther faithful are moving pretty quickly from the anger stage to the apathy stage. Doesn’t bode well for the turnout at the next home game.


    1. Good observation. I personally don’t want to attend homecoming other than to see friends and Mrs. Erie wants to go – this is her favorite game of the year (homecoming).

      I could not attend the last two home games – I’m glad I did not change my plans to attend the game as I would have been even more disappointed than I am with the teams performance.

      This comment is mainly for JoeL – I am now a firm believer that the 2021 Pitt FB team was lead by KP8 – no longer any doubt in my mind.

      I am not convinced this coaching staff can “right the ship”. Every game from this point on is a toss up because of our coaching leadership.

      Duzz – needs better assistants and better QB recruiting.

      Cig – too early to tell? Look at the guys history, not the tape.

      Tiquan – if we cut his hair will the WR’s run crisper routes & catch the ball?

      Borbes – did he not know Cig’s history and make the necessary off-season adjustments? Feels like he did not…

      Salem – is he in Cig’s ear telling him that 2 of our best receivers are TE’s?

      Powell – we were told we had 5 RB’s who could play for almost any P5 team in the land – #1 & 2 are hurt and it appears to be a huge drop off from there.

      On the defensive side I will only pick on the LB coach from D2 Bucknell – that kind of says it all – we currently have one D1 LB on the roster. The two transfers are invisible – Simon from ND starts and he has zero tackles in the last two games (RI and GT).

      Fingers crossed that we squeak out a win vs the Hokies.


      1. I still say the elephant in the room is the loss of Addison. He now has 29 catches, 442 yards and 6 TDs. He gets open on almost every play, rarely misses a catch and routinely makes the spectacular catch. How much better does Slovis look with him to throw to? How much more open are the other guys while the opponent tries to defend against him?

        This cannot be overstated, yes NP was the biggest difference maker obviously enhanced by Addison but he was gone for sure. The loss of Addison was a tragedy caused by NIL. I predicted his loss would cost us at least a couple games, it looks like it will be much more than that.


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