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Pitt Win Attempt Falls 1-Yard Short; Panthers Fall 20-14 To Virginia Tech

November 18, 2017

The Pitt Panthers were stopped on a fourth-and-goal play at the Virginia Tech one-yard line with less than thirty seconds to go on Saturday, and they dropped a 20-14 decision to the Hokies in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The chance at a winning score was set up by a 74-yard pass play from Kenny Pickett to Jester Weah.  Pickett had replaced starting quarterback Ben Dinucci after an interception by Dinucci late in the first quarter.

Pitt (4-7; 2-5 ACC) led 14-10 early in the fourth quarter after a 15-yard scoring pass from Ryan Winslow to Nathan Bossory.  The Hokies (8-3; 4-3 ACC) cut that advantage to one point on a field goal by Brian Johnson, and grabbed back the lead with 6:23 remaining on a 23-yard throw from Josh Jackson to Cam Phillips.  Jackson had also scored on a 4-yard run.

Pitt’s first score, which tied the contest at 7-7, came on a 13-yard pass from Dinucci to Rafael Araujo-Lopes.

Jackson, the winning quarterback, completed only 17-of-37 passes for 218 yards with one interception.  Phillips recorded eight receptions for 117 yards.  The Hokies’ Deshawn McClease ran for 70 of Virginia Tech’s 157 rushing yards.

Pickett completed 15-of-23 passes for 242 yards with one interception.  Dinucci was 4-for-8 with the touchdown and the pick.  Pitt’s leading receiver was Weah with four catches for 104 yards, while Darrin Hall caught five balls for 63 yards.  Hall, who had rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the last three games, was held to just four yards on the ground on 15 attempts.  Pitt recorded a net total of only 55 rushing yards.

The Panthers will finish the season at home against Miami on the day after Thanksgiving – Friday, November 24.


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