Peak at the Panthers: Pitt vs Delaware Game Preview

Cale Berger
September 27, 2019 - 11:57 am

Cale Berger and Chris Peak of Panther-Lair.com recap Pitt's big upset over #15 UCF, preview Saturday's matchup with the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens and check in with Pitt basketball on the recruiting trail.

Pitt knocked off #15 UCF last week in dramatic fashion at Heinz Field, snapping the Knights' 27-game regular season winning streak. Pitt tied the game in the final minute on a trick play that has since been dubbed 'Pitt Special,' as wide receiver Aaron Matthews threw a touchdown pass to quarterback Kenny Pickett on fourth down from the four-yard line.

​Chris' takeaway from Saturday's win was the play of the Pitt defense. While the Knights did score 31 unanswered points in the game, Pitt was able to hold UCF to their lowest scoring total since the Fiesta Bowl against LSU last season. Pitt sacked the quarterback six times and forced two interceptions, the first interceptions UCF had thrown all season.

​Cale agrees that the defense was impressive on Saturday, but he was also impressed with the resiliency shown by the Panthers. Pitt was able to overcome multiple injuries in the secondary and the loss of Pickett for some time during the game. Pickett showed toughness by returning to the game and leading the Panthers on their game-winning drive. Kicker Alex Kessman missed two field goals on Saturday, but he was able to knock in the extra point that sealed the game for Pitt.

According to Chris, the key this Saturday will be leaving the game healthy as a team when FCS-opponent the Delaware comes to town. The Panthers are already dealing with injuries, especially on the defensive line and in the secondary, so it is imperative that they take care of business early and allow the starters to get off the field as quickly as possible.

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Cale is looking forward to the matchup between Pitt's running game and the Delaware defense. The Panthers have thrown the ball well this year, but have struggled to find consistency running the football. Cale believes that Saturday provides a perfect opportunity to get the running game going against a porous Blue Hens defense. Delaware gave up 269 yards rushing in their win against Penn last week, and is averaging 449.3 total yards allowed per game on defense.

There was also some big recruiting news on the hardwood for Pitt this week, as head coach Jeff Capel secured his first commitment of the 2020 class in three-star power forward Noah Collier. Collier is a versatile forward at 6-7 and 205 pounds that can play both forward spots. According to 247Sports, he is the 160th-ranked player and the 27th power forward in the country.

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8:30a Panthers Insider
9:30a Panthers Game Day
10:30a Panthers Preview Show
12:30p Kickoff

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