Pittsburgh scored on each and every of its first six possessions because the Panthers raced to a 55-Zero victory over Austin Peay
PITTSBURGH — Kenny Pickett threw a landing cross and ran for some other as Pittsburgh scored on each and every of its first six possessions in its season opener, and raced to a 55-Zero victory over Austin Peay at Heinz Box on Saturday.
Pickett and offensive coordinator Mark Whipple unfold the affection round as Pickett threw to seven receivers and 6 avid gamers scored touchdowns right through the Panthers’ offensive explosion.
A Paris Ford interception arrange Pitt’s first ranking, a 1-yard Daniel Carter plunge. Pickett hooked up with Shocky Jaques-Louis on a 68-yard strike sooner than scrambling into the tip zone from six yards out to attain on Pitt’s moment power. He then hooked up with wide-open Maryland switch DJ Turner for a 51-yard ranking.
After that, Whipple became over the offense to the operating recreation, with Vincent Davis scoring on a one-yard rush, Israel Abanikanda scampering to pay dust on a 10-yard draw, and Todd Sibley, Jr. plunging in from one backyard out on Pitt’s 3 second-quarter possessions.
Pickett completed 14 of 20 for 277 yards. Freshman Jordan Addison was once his maximum common goal, hauling in seven catches for 35 yards.
The Pitt protection pitched its first shutout since 2014, preserving the Governors to 146 yards of general offense and 10 yards dashing.
Sibley blocked a punt and returned it for an 11-yard landing and Davis scored once more on a brief rush after a moment botched Austin Peay (Zero-2) punt within the fourth quarter.
The groups agreed to play 10-minute quarters in the second one 1/2. Seven Pitt avid gamers had been held out of the sport because of COVID-19 protocols.
Pitt has typically performed issues with regards to the vest on offense in openers towards Soccer Championship Subdivsion groups below trainer Pat Narduzzi, which has ended in some closer-than-expected ultimate rankings. However the Panthers’ offense was once the rest however conservative within the first 1/2, with Pickett time and again connecting on deep passes. The end result was once Pitt’s absolute best first-half offensive output since 2014, the 12 months sooner than Narduzzi took the reins.
Austin Peay is 1-25 towards Soccer Bowl Subdivision groups since 1980. The Governors’ final win towards a higher-level workforce got here towards Kansas State in 1987.
Pitt (1-Zero) will host Syracuse (Zero-1) to start Atlantic Coast Convention play on Sept. 19. The ACC groups are enjoying only one non-conference recreation as a part of an 11-game time table this season.
Austin Peay (Zero-2) visits No. 20 Cincinnati within the Bearcats’ season opener. That recreation would be the finale of a three-game fall non-conference time table for the Governors. The Ohio Valley Convention has postponed its convention video games till the spring.
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