Pitt knew they were going to defeat Rhode Island; it was just up to them on how they wanted to execute the gameplan.
A lot like last week against Western Michigan, Frank Cignetti’s wanted to emphasize his star running back and that worked out pretty well as Izzy Abanikanda carried the ball 19 times for a career-high 177 yards (9.3 yds/carry) and scored a career-high 4 touchdown as Pitt defeated the Rams 45-24.
Quarterback Kedon Slovis returned to action and completed 20 of 27 yards for 189 yards. Until the last drive of the game, Slovis was pretty much asked to throw everything underneath, with a heavy emphasis on the wide receiver screens.
The Pitt defense wasn’t as sharp as you would expect, having a number of blown assignments that allowed Rhode Island to drive the ball up the field. Although, it should be pointed out that Pitt played a number of second and third team players for the entire game.
All in all, Pitt runs its record to 3-1 with the ACC conference portion of their schedule starting next Saturday at home against Georgia Tech.
This would have been a great game to build more chemistry between our WRs and QB but I guess coaches had other plans
— Panther Head (@ThePantherHead) September 24, 2022
Only thing I’m really concerned about from this game was the constant miscommunication at the second level on defense.
Other than that, Pitt shelled themselves into a box and didn’t want to do too much. So that is what it is.
— Nick Farabaugh (@Nick_Farabaugh) September 24, 2022
Not sure what people are so upset about. Pitt played today without like 11 players who either start or play a significant amount. Very clearly played a vanilla game and won by 21. The defense was not very good but like it or not, it’s difficult to stay engaged in a game like this
— Nick Gordon (@Nick_Gordon19) September 24, 2022
Pitt wins = Fans complain. Amazing
— Fifth Quarter Pitt (@FQPitt) September 24, 2022
A win is a win is a win. It gets real now. See you next week. #H2P
— Pat Bostick (@pittbostick) September 24, 2022
— Pitt Is It (@PittPanthers_1) September 24, 2022
Rhode Island scored 24 points and gained 286 yards. 7 of those points and 96 of those yards came against the second/third/fourth-team defense on the final drive.
— Chris Peak (@PantherLair) September 24, 2022
— Pitt & Pendulum (@NoPlaceLikePitt) September 24, 2022
I think when the coaches treat it like a practice game it's pretty hard for the players to not lose focus.
— PittCabe (@PittCabe) September 24, 2022
I know Jordan Addison made a huge difference last year, but this WR group aside from Wayne has been disappointing this year. I was excited about Coach Wood coming in. Aside from him bringing some high level recruits in, which we probably won’t get. I haven’t been impressed.
— Nathan Hough (@NHough88) September 24, 2022