LOUISVILLE — Pitt possessed the football seven times in the second half against Louisville Saturday night.
On those seven drives, Pitt’s offense mustered three punts, two turnovers on downs, a fumble and a field goal. And that came after Pitt turned the ball over three times inside the Louisville 30-yard line in the first half.
To put it mildly, it was a horrific night for Pitt’s offense and everyone involved — aside from Israel Abanikanda.
However, throughout the inconsistency and rough sequence of first half errors from Kedon Slovis, Narduzzi said he did not even consider pulling Slovis, which was the same response he had when Slovis struggled in a loss to Georgia Tech earlier this month.
“It takes 11 guys,” Narduzzi said following Pitt’s loss. “When you win, Kedon does a great job and when you lose, everyone wants to point the finger at the quarterback. We don’t point fingers in the locker room, you guys can point fingers all you want when you talk in the media, but he needs some help.
Narduzzi pointed to Yasir Abdullah’s strip-sack, a moment that basically sealed Louisville’s win over Pitt, as a cadence problem in which Slovis didn’t receive a ton of help from the offensive line — right tackle Gabe Houy specifically.
“Gabe Houy is still in his stance, I think he’s still out there in his stance,” Narduzzi said. “You don’t give the quarterback a chance if you don’t block the right end off the edge. Again, he gets too much credit when we win and no credit when we lose.”
Even when Pitt has won in recent weeks, it hasn’t led to heavy praise for Slovis considering his inconsistency in the passing game. He’s drawn his share of criticism, and Saturday’s performance was one that detrimental to the team.
Slovis threw for 158 yards and two interceptions on 16-of-29 pass attempts against Louisville, both interceptions coming on plays a player with his experience should know not to make, and it was the continuation of a disappointing season for Slovis and Pitt’s offense.
Narduzzi didn’t consider benching Slovis for Nick Patti or Nate Yarnell against Louisville, and it isn’t a consideration going forward either.
“Yes, (Kedon is the guy),” Narduzzi said.