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Game Recap: Pitt Beats Georgia Tech 20-10

Pitt’s Defense Dominates As Panthers Hold On

NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

This game was frustrating. Tech did some really good things, particularly on defense, but the offense was utterly unable to take advantage. This team is just not there quite yet.

The Good

  • Georgia Tech’s defense forced three early turnovers.
  • The defense dominated in the second half, only allowing a single field goal after a 3 and out.
  • Georgia Tech played a relatively clean game. Penalties have been a recurring issue, but the Yellow Jackets avoided those mistakes today especially on the offensive line and the defensive secondary.
  • Jerry Howard had a huge punt block that gave Georgia Tech a ton of momentum and could have been a turning point in the game.
  • James Graham had a beautiful touchdown pass to Ahmarean Brown off of a turnover.

The Bad

  • Lucas Johnson moved the ball better than James Graham, but he got hurt and fumbled at the goal line on his big drive.
  • Georgia Tech missed a field goal, gave up some decent punt returns, got penalized on two kick returns, and just all around played sloppy on special teams.
  • Georgia Tech scored their first offensive points off of a turnover all season, but only got one first down on their other three turnovers.
  • Jordan Mason was stuffed for only 56 yards on 15 carries. Not atrocious, but not good.
  • Once again GT got off to a slow start. Pitt had two long scoring drives before Tech’s offense woke up at all.
  • James Graham got benched at halftime due to poor play. Lucas Johnson did a little better, but got hurt on his third drive. Graham didn’t do any better in his second stint.

The Ugly

  • Pitt was in the backfield on nearly every offensive play. The offensive line was completely outmatched by the Panthers defense
  • James Graham was 3/13 for just 57 yards. He struggled stepping into throws which led to a lot of overthrows. His interception was a deep throw where he got hammered and never should have thrown the ball, He decided he was throwing it before the play.
  • Tech had confusion setting up their defense several times. They had multiple substitution penalties and struggled to line up before Pitt scored a long touchdown on a direct snap.