Pitt hasn’t been perfect against Boston College tonight, but Nate Yarnell is giving the Panthers a chance to pull out their third win of the season.
Yarnell, who earned his first start of the season against Boston College, led Pitt on a 15-play, 85-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter — capping the drive with a 4-yard touchdown drive to give the Panthers an early 10-3 lead.
And he was even more impressive on a 4-play, 90-yard drive in the third quarter, pump-faking the Boston College defense and hitting Bub Means in stride for a 61-yard touchdown to retake a 17-13 lead.
He’s completed 9-of-14 pass attempts for 186 yards and a touchdown — and added four carries for 20 yards and another touchdown through two-and-a-half quarters.
The pump fake by @NateYarnell 🎯
The speed by @twoplayaBub 💨
61-yard TD 🙌 Pitt retakes the lead
— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) November 17, 2023
Yarnell was inserted late last weekend against Syracuse, with the outcome all but decided considering the flow of the game, and he completed 3-of-5 pass attempts for 48 yards in relief. He played in two games before earning the start against Boston College, completing 5-of-8 pass attempts (62.5%) for 123 yards with a touchdown.
Yarnell did his job in a win against Western Michigan last season, completing 9-of-12 pass attempts for 179 yards and a touchdown, and he completed 1-of-2 pass attempts for a 16-yard dart against UCLA in the Sun Bowl. But he has just 17 pass attempts over two-and-a-half collegiate seasons.
He will now look to show something greater in his first extended action of the season, and perhaps, show that Pitt has a quarterback option heading forward into the 2024 season. He’s doing well so far.