Pitt Tailbacks Have Unforgettable Senior Day

LISTEN-Seniors Ollison and Hall react to win

Jeff Hathhorn
November 10, 2018 - 8:39 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Averaging an astounding 13.7 yards a rush, Pitt ran over a traditionally stingy Virginia Tech defense with 492 rushing yards in a 52-22 win at Heinz Field on Saturday.  Pitt also set a total yardage record with 654 yards.

Seniors Darrin Hall and Qadree Ollison accounted for 421 of those yards and just 23 carries.  Ollison broke tradition and asked to go to the podium after the game, a spot normally reserved for only for head coach Pat Narduzzi’s post-game comments.  Ollison did so because he wanted his offensive linemen and fullback George Aston to be recognized.

“Nothing that I did or Darrin did, or anyone else did is not possible without these guys, without the tight ends and receivers and that’s what makes this sport so great,” Ollison said.  “It’s the ultimate team sport.  My hat goes off to these guys, I owe them everything.”

“Dominant,” Hall said of his offensive line.  “Those five and George (Aston) together, are the greatest in the nation.  They deserve every credit for every yard we got.”

Ollison not only ended up with his second career 1,000 yard season as part of 235 yards today, but had the longest play in Pitt football history, a 97 yard run in the fourth quarter.

“It was just perfect,” Ollison said.  “It parted like the Red Sea.  As a running back, it’s my job to make a man miss, to run a guy over, not let one guy tackle you.  I didn’t get touched for 30-40 yards down the field, it just goes to show how great they blocked that play up front.”

The previous record for longest play was a 92-yard run by Hall and the two discussed him breaking that right before it happened.

“If you get it, that’s your record,” Hall said of the conversation.  “He almost did get caught, but his stiff arm paved the way.  I’m glad he got it, it’s a blessing for all he’s done for this university.”

What is impressive is how a pair of backs, each starters in their own right, in the era of self-gratification, can co-exist in division one football.

“We’re not competing against each other, we are just trying to win games,” Hall said.  “We don’t care who gets the credit, we are just trying to go out there and do our best.”

“That’s my brother, I love him to death,” Ollison said.  “That was his first game his daughter got to come and watch him play.  I’m just as happy for him as he is for me.”