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Hero to Goat: Kessman’s Missed XP Costs Pitt in Loss to Boston College

Hero to Goat: Kessman’s Missed XP Costs Pitt in Loss to Boston College

BOSTON — Alex Kessman sent the Panthers to overtime with a heroic effort, but he couldn’t come through with a usual result in the extra period, as he missed an extra point in overtime and Pitt lost, 31-30 to Boston College on Saturday.

Kessman set a school record with a 58-yard field goal with under a minute to play to send the game into overtime, but after Pitt scored a touchdown on a three-yard pass from Kenny Pickett to Taysir Mack, Kessman’s extra point sailed wide right, making a winner of Boston College.

The Eagles scored first in the overtime period, with Phil Jurkovec connecting with Zay Flowers on a 25-yard score.

Jurkovec, a Pine-Richland alum and the first Western Pennsylvania native to start a game at quarterback against Pitt in over a decade, threw for over 300 yards and was responsible for four scores to lead the Eagles to the upset victory.

Jurkovec finished with 358 yards on 19 of 35 passing and four total touchdowns, three through the air and one on the ground.

Jurkovec first found Flowers scampering free through the Pitt secondary for a 44-yard score early in the second quarter. Jurkovec finished a Boston College drive with a two-yard sneak for a score late the second quarter. On the second play of the second half, he connected with a streaking Flowers for a 77-yard score.

Pitt got back into the game with a 4-yard score by Vincent Davis late in the third quarter to draw the Panthers to within a score, and after a defensive stand, Kessman hit from 58.

Boston College’s Aaron Bouhmeri had a chance to give Boston College a victory with a 52-yard field goal attempt as regulation ended, but he missed wide left.

Pitt got first-half touchdowns from Kenny Pickett on a 1-yard keeper and Israel Abanikanda on a 15-yard reception as the Panthers built early leads of 7-3 and 14-10, but the back-to-back Eagles scores around the half proved too much of a deficit to overcome.

Pickett finished 25 of 48 for 266 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. Vincent Davis led Panthers ballcarrier with 46 yards on 17 carries.

The Panthers fell to 3-2 with the loss and will visit Miami next Saturday.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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local_troll
local_troll
9 days ago

What can you say tough loss. They are fun to watch until the end when you get the let down.

Even though this team will most likely finish 6-5 they are better than their record.

James From Florida
James From Florida
9 days ago
Reply to  local_troll

They are going to be lucky to finish 5/6, can’t really see them beating ND, Clemson or Miami.

VT they can compete with but unlikely they win, FSU and GT a toss up.

I think 4/7 but we shall see.

Defense has went from being considered elite to pretty much an also ran.

local_troll
local_troll
9 days ago

Should not you be watching SEC football in Florida?

Let's Believe
Let's Believe
8 days ago
Reply to  local_troll

I would argue against “they are fun to watch.” Not sure what you were watching but I saw 60+ minutes of pure underachieving and frustrating football. I’ll give you the 58 yarder, Pickett’s gutsy performance and Weaver’s 4th quarter strip. Other than that, I’m not sure what was “fun” about watching the secondary getting torched, the lack of run game yet again, Whipple insisting on running a 175 lb sports car change of pace back as a workhorse, calling low percentage pass plays over and over including a fade to a true freshman on 3rd and 2, a kicker missing… Read more »

Curtis Colbert
Curtis Colbert
8 days ago
Reply to  local_troll

Bull, you are what the results of your games says you are.

TMG
TMG
8 days ago
Reply to  Curtis Colbert

Thank you

Curtis Colbert
Curtis Colbert
8 days ago

The offensive production as stated above is pathetic.

Frank James
Frank James
8 days ago

4 win team at best…they are going to get their doors blown off for three straight weeks. The only remaining win is possibly Georgia Tech, which is just the type of game Duzz usually loses. Defensive backfield is terrible. If Ford spent less time throwing his arms in the air and more on being in position and making plays it might lead to a better outcome. Hamlin is a joke as well. Can he tackle anyone? Both lost money coming back. Offensive line is abysmal, but everyone knows that. Narduzzi will give another pretentious press conference tomorrow about “a few… Read more »

Frank James
Frank James
8 days ago

the scary part is next year this team will be really bad and might win two games. Cupboard will be bare and the talent will be thin.

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