Postgame Reaction from Pitt’s ‘Heartbreaking and Embarrassing’ Loss to NC State
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:
It’s not the end of the world. The program is on the right track without question. Taysir has made numerous big catches and he’s a go to guy. So if any players see the negativity online please disregard it. Keep your noses to the grindstone because this is a good football team. Focus on what you know inside that locker room and disregard any negative opinions. Hail to Pitt.