Peak at the Panthers: Pitt vs Georgia Tech Game Preview

Cale Berger
November 01, 2019 - 10:21 am

Cale Berger and Chris Peak of recap Pitt's loss to Miami, preview Saturday's matchup with Georgia Tech and check-in on the Panthers on the recruiting trail.

Pitt fell to Miami last week 16-12, snapping a four-game winning streak for the Panthers. Pitt suffered two interceptions and a lost fumble in the first half, but was able to take a 12-9 lead in the fourth quarter. While bit looked as though they had completed another comeback, it was a 32-yard TD pass from Canes quarterback Jarren Williams to wide receiver K.J. Osborn that gave Miami the win.

​Chris' takeaway from Saturday was how Pitt finally had a game where they were not able to pull some late game heroics for a victory. The Panthers have been playing with fire all season, repeatedly relying on comebacks to overcome second half deficits that were usually self-inflicted. Pitt's missteps caught up with them, as they were ultimately unable to overcome their three first half turnovers.

​Cale's takeaway was the Pitt offense's inability to score touchdowns, which has been a trend all season for the Panthers. Pitt is currently 115th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging just 21 points per game. While the offense has had no trouble racking up yardage and moving the chains under first-year offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, they have struggled to generate explosive plays and end drives with touchdowns. Pitt failed to score a touchdown in a game for the first time since their game against Miami last year.

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Chris sees Saturday's game against Georgia Tech as another great opportunity for Pitt's defense. As the Yellow Jackets transition away from the triple-option offense they ran for so many years, they have struggled all year on the offensive side. The Pitt defense should continue to excel against a Georgia Tech team that has had little to no success all year.

Cale thinks the key matchup on Saturday will be the battle between Pitt's passing game and Georgia Tech's pass defense. It has been an up and down season for the Panther passing attack. Pitt is fifth in the nation in pass attempts at 330 on the season, but they have just 12 passing touchdowns and are 119th in nation in yards per completion. The Yellow Jackets boast the fourth-best pass defense in the ACC, and should pose a significant challenge for the Panthers in Atlanta.

In recruiting news, Chris discusses some of the important recruits the Panthers had visiting last Saturday, including 2021 linebacker commit Nahki Johnson of West Mifflin and 2021 defensive tackle Dorien Ford of Baldwin.