PITTSBURGH — Pitt started the game relatively slow, with a number of key guys sitting out against the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens. Redshirt freshman Nick Patti made his first career start for Kenny Pickett, who suffered a mild shoulder injury last week against UCF. Chase Pine and
Pitt also, was missing two of their top three running backs. A.J. Davis and Vincent Davis both were not dressed for the Panthers. Jason Pinnock also sat out, as he suffered an injury against UCF last week.
With no scoring through the first quarter, Pitt finally scored on the first play of the second quarter, with a 30-yard strike down the seam from Patti to sophomore running back V’Lique Carter.
Patti went unblemished until he threw an interception to Delaware midway through the second quarter. Delaware took advantage and quarterback Nolan Henderson threw a seven-yard touchdown to knot things up at seven.
After Delaware’s score, Pitt went 73 yards to set up a 20-yard field goal from Alex Kessman with eight seconds remaining in the second quarter. Pitt took a 10-7 lead into the break.
On the second play of second half Maurice Ffrench fumbled at the Pitt 21-yard line and was recovered by Delaware. The Fightin’ Blue Hens capitalized, with a five-yard touchdown pass and catch. UDel took their first lead of the game, 14-10.
After a lot of nothing for the Pitt offense, Patti hits Taysir Mack for 48-yards and then 12-yards, for a Panther touchdown. Pitt took a 17-14 lead, early in the fourth.
With a number of starters sitting out, Pitt avoided the upset and walked away with a 17-14 win.
Pitt’s defense held Delaware to 170 total yards in the game.
The Panthers improve to 3-2 on the season and now will begin a stretch of seven straight ACC games. They will head to Durham, NC to play Duke at 8:00 PM next Saturday.