With a chance to to put the ACC Coastal on notice with an early season win against the presumptive division favorites, the Panthers squandered a one point halftime lead and dropped a winnable game at home to Virginia.
It was the first game for new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, and the team came out throwing. Unfortunately they also went three-and-out on their two opening drives. The Panthers ended up with significantly more passing attempts than rushing, 41-30, and only 18 of the rushing attempts were by running backs.
Miscues were the name of the game as Kenny Pickett, who was under pressure all night, threw two interceptions and the Panthers had a punt blocked, dropped a lot of catchable balls and couldn’t connect on a few wide open deep shots.
THE FINAL SCORE
- Vukovcan: 5 takeaways from Pitt’s opening night loss
- PSN fan reaction
- Gorman: Pitt came in dressed to kill but delivered a dud
- DiPaola: Observations from Pitt’s opening night loss to Virginia
- Streaking the Lawn: Virginia wins grinder against Pitt
- McGonigal: Despite 30 points, Pitt defense offers encouraging signs
- Cook: Loved the uniforms, hated the Panthers’ play
The attendance was announced as 47,144.
Seen some folks say #Pitt fans didn’t show up last night. 47,144 is the 5th-highest attended ACC home game Pitt has ever had.
3 of their 5 seasons in the ACC, they did not have a home conference game that well attended.
— Alan Saunders (@ASaunders_PGH) September 1, 2019
Legendary lineman Bill Fralic was honored during the game and Pitt’s honorary captain was Tom Brown.
The Panthers will stay in Pittsburgh as they take on an Ohio University team that many think is the class of the MAC. Pitt fans probably remember the last time these two teams played.
Ohio, lead by 51-year coaching veteran Frank Solich, defeated Rhode Island 41-20 in their season opener.