The Penn State Nittany Lions escaped with a 17-10 victory against the Pitt Panthers on Saturday. The low-scoring affair may keep this game from sounding like an exciting one, but it was to an extent. Especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Panthers threw several different blitzes at Penn State and it certainly helped keep this game within reach.
The Panthers held Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford to just 222 yards and their pass rush caused him to complete only 46 percent of his passes. The Nittany Lions scored both touchdowns on the ground behind Devyn Ford and Noah Cain. Journey Brown led the team in rushing with 109 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown run to set up the first score of the game. KJ Hamler led the team with three receptions for 68 yards. Defensively, the Nittany Lions had three sacks from Cam Brown, Shaka Toney, and Jan Johnson. Micah Parsons led Penn State with nine total tackles and added two tackles for a loss. Kicker Jordan Stout set a school record by nailing a 57-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said the Panthers was going to throw the ball a lot and they did just that. Kenny Pickett went 35-for-51, with 372 yards on the day. While they had the yards through the air, they didn’t execute any passing touchdowns just like Penn State. While the ground game could only net 24 total yards, Vincent Davis had the lone touchdown for the Panthers which came in the third quarter. Taysir Mack had 12 receptions for 125 yards and A.J. Davis had seven catches for 94 yards. Shocky Jacques-Louis had only one carry for nine yards, but it led the team. Paris Ford led all Panthers with ten total tackles and Jaylen Twyman had one and a half sacks.
Pitt had a chance to tie the game with a solid drive in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. After driving down to the 26-yard line of the Nittany Lions, the Panthers had two failed end zone shots which gave Penn State the victory. The Nittany Lions remain undefeated and have next week off before playing Maryland on Friday, September 27. Pitt falls to 1-2 and will be in action next weekend against a very tough UCF team.