Pitt 27, Clemson 17 Reaction
How bad is the Clemson offense? It broke the Clemson defense.
The Tiger D fought the good fight as long as it could, but the O couldn’t control the clock – Pitt had the ball for over 36 minutes – the third down conversions were rare, and the quarterback play was awful.
DJ Uiagalelei completed 12-of-25 passes for 128 yards and two picks, but he ran for 50 yards and a score. He got a decent amount of time – it wasn’t a bad day by the Tiger O line against a killer Pitt pass rush – but the offense just couldn’t click. It’s not like Taisun Phommachanh did a whole lot better when he stepped in.
But this shouldn’t be about the clunker of a year Clemson is having. This is about Pitt still being in the ACC title hunt and possibly in the mix for the College Football Playoff.
It would take some help – like one of the other Power Five conferences other than the SEC to have a two-loss champion – but at 6-1 the Panthers might have some control over their destiny.
But there’s still work to do on that with Miami, at Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, at Syracuse to go. For now, give credit to QB Kenny Pickett, who slung it around for over 300 yards and two touchdowns against a solid Tiger defense to help the team take over the game.
Give credit for the defense holding firm after an early long Tiger scoring drive that lasted until late in the first half.
The nine penalties were too many and the offense failed to get into the end zone in the second half – SirVocea Dennis came up with a pick six to all but put the game away – but it’s a double-digit win over Clemson. That’s amazing and special no matter what.
When was the last time anyone got a double-digit win over Clemson? November 15th, 2014, Georgia Tech 28, Clemson 6.