Pitt Looks Ahead After Penn State Defeat

Narduzzi says his team is moving on after one of the worst defeats in school history

Jeff Hathhorn
September 10, 2018 - 1:40 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – So how do you move on from one of the worst losses in school history and it coming by the hands of your rival and on your home field?  Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi started with an old coaching saying.

“The sun will come up the next day and it did,” Narduzzi said.  “It didn’t come out and shine very bright, I can tell you that.  But it did get lighter out.”

“A loss is a loss,” Narduzzi said.  “It doesn’t matter if it’s to a rival or to the worst team in the country.  They all hurt.  I haven’t been in a loss that hadn’t hurt me or made me lose sleep or not want to eat.  You have to get over every one of them.  I don’t think who it is matters.  I really don’t.”

A one-point game changed due to numerous errors Saturday and some inspired play by the Nittany Lions.  Narduzzi pointed out the disparity in field position in the second half and their inability to respond to adversity on offense and stopping “sudden change” situations on defense.

It was the second time in as many starts as Kenny Pickett was facing a ranked team at home, this time the sophomore was 9 of 18 for 55 yards and an interception.  Narduzzi believed his quarterback pressed a lot.

“He has to relax and do his job,” Narduzzi said.  “It’s his third start guys, and you’re playing in a monsoon.  Add the elements in there, add the big-game atmosphere, add 8 o’clock at night, add that he feels like he’s the man and has to do it all.”

“He will be better this week, I promise you.  It’s just a first time going through something like that and I think he internalized it and put more pressure on him.  He can’t do that.”

Narduzzi said Saturday against Georgia Tech is a maturity test for his team.

“We can’t have a hangover from what last week was, we have to do a great job as a staff and let that go and move on to the next week, which becomes the most important game of the year,” Narduzzi said.  “It’s going to be how we respond to the adversity Saturday.”

“We’re not going to measure anything after a game.  One game, two games, three games, nothing is measured like that.  Georgia Tech is the most important game right now.  We break down every day, beat Georgia Tech.  During the season that’s what we do.  Game one doesn’t matter and game two doesn’t matter, I can guarantee you that.  The only thing that matters is game three and Georgia Tech.”

 

 

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