ATLANTA — On a day where Pitt’s offense was able to get whatever it wanted from the start, quarterback Kenny Pickett continued climbing up the school’s all-time leaderboards.
The senior quarterback passed Rod Rutherford to claim sole possession of third place in Pittsburgh history for total touchdowns. The milestone moment came in the third quarter when Pickett found running back Daniel Carter on a third-and-goal play action pass from two yards out.
Pickett started the day three touchdowns away from tying Rutherford’s record, but had those checked off the list before halftime. His first touchdown of the day was Pitt’s third when he hit receiver Jordan Addison on an 11-yard pass with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter.
Just over five minutes later he was back on the field after the defense forced a three-and-out and wasted no time. Receiver Taysir Mack got behind Georgia Tech’s defense on the second play of the possession, and Pickett found him for a wide open 55-yard TD.
He completed his first half hat trick and tied Rutherford’s record on another quick strike drive. Pickett completed two passes to tight end Lucas Krull in just 39 seconds, accounting for gains of 29 and 16 yards and a touchdown that made it 42-12 Panthers going into halftime. This touchdown was also Pickett’s 14th in the last three games, moving him ahead of Dan Marino’s 13 in 1981 for the most touchdowns in a three-game stretch in Pitt football history.
Pickett now has 75 total touchdowns with the Panthers and will have a good chance to break the all-time record if he stays healthy through the end of the season. Next on the list is Tyler Palko with 78, and the all-time record belongs to Marino with 82 total touchdowns.