NCAAF Game Recap - Ohio at Pittsburgh
Sat Sep 7, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

TxAM
10
Clem
24
F
NMSt
10
Ala
62
F
Murr
17
UGA
63
F
SD
14
Okla
70
F
Cin
0
OHSt
42
F
LSU
45
Tex
38
F
Army
21
Mich
24
F(1OT)
Tul
6
Aub
24
F
UT-M
0
Fla
45
F
NIU
17
Utah
35
F
Cal
20
Wash
19
F
Buff
13
PSU
45
F
Nev
6
Oreg
77
F
C Mi
0
Wisc
61
F
UCF
48
FlAtl
14
F
WestMI
17
MSU
51
F
Rut
0
Iowa
30
F
Syr
20
MD
63
F
NoCol
17
WaSt
59
F
Stan
20
USC
45
F
Marsh
7
Boise
14
F
Neb
31
Colo
34
F OT
Wake
41
Rice
21
F
W&M
17
UVA
52
F
SacSt
7
AzSt
19
F
Ohio
10
Pitt
20
F
(N/A)
23
Kent
26
F
WVU
7
Mizzu
38
F
Sou
24
Mem
55
F
BGSU
0
K St
52
F
OD
17
VaTec
31
F
ChaSo
10
SCar
72
F
Vand
24
Purd
42
F
UAB
31
Akr
20
F
WCU
0
NCSt
41
F
SoFL
10
GATec
14
F
Ford
29
Ball
57
F
TnTec
17
MiaOH
48
F
SMiss
15
MisSt
38
F
Gram
14
LaTec
20
F
SIU
45
UMass
20
F
E Il
0
Ind
52
F
Ill
31
UConn
23
F
Rich
13
BC
45
F
Char
41
App
56
F
WIl
13
ColSt
38
F
UTSA
14
Bayl
63
F
SDSU
23
UCLA
14
F
ULMon
44
FlaSt
45
F OT
Maine
18
GaSo
26
F
GWebb
9
ECU
48
F
NCAT
13
Duke
45
F
Furm
42
GASt
48
F
Wyo
23
TxSt
14
F
JacSt
14
SoAl
37
F
NorTx
27
SMU
49
F
McNee
14
OkSt
56
F
TnSt
26
MidTN
45
F
CoCar
12
Kans
7
F
BYU
29
Tenn
26
F(1OT)
E Ky
0
Lou
42
F
W Ky
20
FLInt
14
F
Stony
7
UtSt
62
F
Ark
17
Miss
31
F
Lib
14
ULLaf
35
F
E Mi
17
KY
38
F
UTEP
3
TxTch
38
F
PVAM
17
Hou
37
F
MiaFL
25
UNC
28
F
Tuls
34
SJSU
16
F
ArkSt
43
UNLV
17
F
Minn
38
Fres
35
F(1OT)
NoAZ
41
Ariz
65
F
OreSt
28
Hawaii
31
F

Pittsburgh 20, Ohio 10

Sep 7, 2019, 11:00 AM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Ohio (1-1)

0

3

7

0

10

Pittsburgh (1-1)

3

14

3

0

20

Pickett throws for 321 yards, Pitt clamps down on Ohio 20-10
Sat Sep 7, 2019 3:59 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett deleted most of his social media accounts before the season as a way to help him stay focused amid all the noise. So he didn't know and didn't particularly care about the reaction to his uneven performance in an opening loss to Virginia.

Instead, Pickett kept doing what he's done since the moment he arrived on campus more than 2 1/2 years ago: he kept grinding, confident the protection issues in front of him and the accuracy issues that plagued him against the Cavaliers would work themselves out. For the most part in an orderly 20-10 win over Ohio on Saturday, they did.

Working behind a line that appeared to improve by the snap, Pickett passed for a career-high 321 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown to Maurice Ffrench that gave Pitt (1-1) an early 10-point lead it never came close to squandering. A week after hitting on barely half of his 41 attempts while getting sacked four times, Pickett hit on 26 of 37 passes and was taken down just once.

"I just think we executed better all around, not just me," Pickett said. "The offensive line blocked great. Receivers got open. Everything was just clicking."

Ffrench finished with 10 receptions for 138 yards, both career bests. A.J. Davis ran for 89 yards for Pitt and Vincent Davis added 50 on the ground, including his first career touchdown that put the Panthers up 17-0 midway through the second quarter. That was more than enough cushion for a defense that kept the Bobcats (1-1) in check. Defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman finished with three of Pitt's six sacks as the Panthers never let Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke get going.

Dealing with the after effects of a fever that left him at less than 100%, Rourke hit on 15 of 27 passes for 177 yards and couldn't make anything happen with his legs. Rourke, who ran for 75 yards in Ohio's season opener against Rhode Island, finished with minus-43 yards on the ground. The Bobcats punted 10 times, finished with just 12 first downs and produced 212 total yards.

"It was a very, very frustrating game for all of us," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "When something like this happens to you, all you can do is go back to work."

Ohio's only real push came late in the third quarter when De'Montre Tuggle's 7-yard touchdown run drew the Bobcats within 10. Ohio would get no closer. The Bobcats managed just one first down over their final three drives and Pitt's size advantage up front wore Ohio down. The Panthers took over at the Pitt 7 with 7:05 remaining and never let the Bobcats get the ball back, bleeding the clock behind an offensive line that pushed Ohio around until the clock hit zero.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio: The Bobcats might be the preseason favorites in the MAC but the secondary could be an issue. Ohio let FCS-level Rhode Island pile up 291 yards through the air in Week 1 and again looked shaky.

Pitt: Even without starting linemen Rashad Weaver and Keyshon Camp - both of whom are out for the season with knee injuries - the defense could still be dangerous. Ohio struggled to generate any rhythm with Rourke under duress most of the day. Twyman's three sacks were the most by a Panther defensive tackle since current Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald did it against Utah in 2011.

PROTECTING PICKETT

While Pickett tuned out the criticism after Week 1, Pitt center Jimmy Morrissey did not. The senior felt his teammate shouldered entirely too much of the blame.

"We gave up 14 pressures as an offensive line," Morrissey said. "When you get hit 14 times, I don't blame him for wanting to scramble. He's getting hit that many times, what quarterback in the country has to be confident in their o-line after that performance? It was more on us. We should have got more heat than he did."

READY TO RUN

The Panthers ran for 160 yards on 37 attempts. Three players - A.J. Davis, Vincent Davis and V'Lique Carter - all had at least six carries. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi will continue to spread it around for the time being.

"We're going to play the hot guy," Narduzzi said. "It'll be that way until we find out who `The Dude' is."

UP NEXT

Ohio: The Bobcats travel to Marshall next Saturday, the return of the "Battle for the Bell." Ohio leads the all-time series 33-20, including a victory in 2015 in the last game between the two schools.

Pitt: Visits 15th-ranked Penn State next Saturday in the final game of a four-game renewal of the in-state rivalry. The Nittany Lions have won the last two meetings by a combined 84-20.

"I don't like them one bit," Morrissey said of the Nittany Lions. "That's pretty obvious. I play for Pitt."

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Passing

Ohio Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
N. Rourke 27 15 55.6 0 177 45 0 75.7
Pitt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Pickett 37 26 70.3 1 321 74 0 105.8

Rushing

Ohio Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
O. Allison 14 47 3.4 8 0
D. Tuggle 4 20 5.0 8 1
Pitt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Davis 13 89 6.8 22 0
V. Davis 12 50 4.2 13 1

Receiving

Ohio Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Tuggle 1 0 0.0 0 0
J. Buckner 4 60 15.0 45 0
Pitt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Ffrench 10 138 13.8 74 1
T. Mack 3 57 19.0 23 0

Fumbles

Pitt F FL
M. Ffrench 1 0

Returning

Ohio KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Buckner 0 - 0 0 1 14.0 0 14
I. Cox 0 - 0 0 1 1.0 0 1
Pitt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Ffrench 0 - 0 0 7 3.6 0 18
T. Mack 1 20.0 0 20 0 - 0 0

Punting

Ohio Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Farkas 10 435 43.5 56
Pitt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
K. Christodoulou 4 181 45.3 54

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

Ohio Pitt
Points For 10 20
Total Yards 212 481
Rushing Yards 35 160
Passing Yards 177 321
Passing Completions / Attempts 15/27 26/37
Turnovers 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 1/0
First Downs 12 22
Penalties - Yards 5/34 10/75
Time Of Possession 24:24 36:36
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/15 5/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 10/44 5/41

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Ohio Pitt
Pitt 7:11 FG Alex Kessman 27 yd FG 0 3
2nd Quarter Ohio Pitt
Pitt 0:13 TD Maurice Ffrench 74 yd pass from Kenny Pickett (Alex Kessman kick) 0 10
Pitt 5:32 TD Vincent Davis 3 yd run (Alex Kessman kick) 0 17
Ohio 8:05 FG Louie Zervos 23 yd FG 3 17
3rd Quarter Ohio Pitt
Pitt 8:37 FG Alex Kessman 41 yd FG 3 20
Ohio 10:56 TD De'Montre Tuggle 7 yd run (Louie Zervos kick) 10 20
4th Quarter Ohio Pitt
No scores this quarter

Game Information

Stadium: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 42,168
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