Pitt 52, Virginia Tech 22
What Happened: Pitt came out roaring, scoring the first 17 points of the game helped by a 78-yard touchdown catch from Maurice Ffrench. A 12-yard Ffrench run helped the Panthers go into halftime up 31-7.
Virginia Tech got two Eric Kumah touchdown catches, and it stay within range in the second half if it came up with a few breaks, but the Pitt ground game kept on rolling with Quadree Ollison ripping off scoring runs from 31 and 97 yards out, and Darrin Hall running for a 73-yard score.
What Mattered: Everything is clicking for the Pitt running game, cranking up 492 yards with Ollison running for 235 yards and Hall running for 186. Kenny Pickett added 58 yards to go along with a 7-of-11, 162-yard, one touchdown passing day.
– Ryan Willis completed 22-of-34 passes for 231 yards and three scores, and led the Hokies with 65 rushing yards. Kumah caught six passes for 80 yards and two scores.
What It All Means: All Pitt has to do is win one of its final two games against either Wake Forest or Miami on the road and it’s off to face Clemson for the ACC title game. Since losing to Georgia Tech in mid-December, the only two losses were to unbeaten UCF and unbeaten Notre Dame.
– The Virginia Tech defense, apparently, is taking the rest of the year off. Now on a three-game losing streak, the Hokies have to beat both Miami and Virginia just to get bowl eligible.
– Clemson 27, Boston College 7
– Notre Dame 42, Florida State 13
– Virginia 45, Liberty 24
– Duke 42, North Carolina 35
– Georgia Tech 27, Miami 21
– Syracuse 54, Louisville 23
– Wake Forest 27, NC State 23