PITTSBURGH — Pitt center Jimmy Morrissey called it “heartbreaking and embarrassing.”
Morrissey was talking about Pitt’s third quarter goal line possession, when the Panthers failed to score on four tries from the one-yard line in what eventually became a 30-29 loss to unranked NC State at home.
But he could have been talking about the entire game, as the Panthers got out to a slow start, committed far too many penalties, and let many opportunities to win the game slip through their fingers, both metaphorically and literally, as wide receiver Taysir Mack’s two-point conversion drop on Pitt’s final drive ended up looming large in the final result.
Morrissey’s words were echoed by Pitt defensive lineman Patrick Jones II, who called the number of penalties committed “unacceptable,” while quarterback Kenny Pickett lamented the team’s lack of success in the running game: “It just wasn’t going our way.”
Here more from Pickett, Morrissey and Jones from the Pitt locker room on Saturday: