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Postgame Reaction from Pitt’s Win over Louisville



PITTSBURGH — Pitt’s defense got strong performances from the usual suspects on Saturday, as Patrick Jones II and Rashad Weaver combined for 4.5 sacks and Jason Pinnock and Damar Hamlin each had interceptions as the Panthers’ defense held Louisville in check for 60 minutes in a 23-20 victory.

But it wasn’t just the upperclassmen that drew attention to themselves. Marquis Williams had a big interception. It was the pressure of Calijah Kancey that forced Louisville quarterback Micale Cunningham’s throw that Pinnock intercepted.

Jones said he thinks the defense has established a culture that is going to allow it to remain successful for a long time.

“We hold everybody to the same standard,” Jones said. “No matter if you’re young or old, we expect you to have your fundamentals down, your technique down, so when it’s time for you number to be called, you can step in and play.”

Here’s more from Jones, Jason Pinnock, Kenny Pickett and Alex Kessman:

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3 years ago

A good solid win over a good solid football team in Louisville. I like hearing the Panthers echoing the proper attitude of unfinished business and one game at a time. Erase a few errors on offense and the margin of victory is most likely around 10 points instead of 3 but a win is a win. I have zero doubt that this Panther squad can compete with anyone in the country if they simply clean up a few offensive errors and finish drives off. Hail to Pitt!

3 years ago

If I may be so bold as to offer a suggestion in addition to my above post. This team is a solid group and we no longer need gimmicks like employing the wildcat. When you’re moving the ball stick with what’s working and don’t unnecessarily get cute with an out of the blue wildcat for no apparent reason. I know you’re a very qualified and competent O.C. Coach Whipple but leave the wildcat in the bag when the offense is moving. That wildcat for no reason against Louisville could have cost us the game.

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