After falling behind early after a bye, the Hoos battled back Saturday and had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, converting a fourth-and-23 to keep their final drive alive before ultimately turning the ball over on downs and falling to 1-4 on the year. While they remain very much a work in progress, at this moment they’re less focused on style points than results.
Nate Peterman passed for 222 yards and two touchdowns for Pitt.
What the win means for Pitt: The Panthers are 2-Zero in league play, which is greater than might be stated for many groups within the cluttered Coastal proper now.
Johns completed 17-of-33 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers, while Thorpe led the team with five receptions for 70 yards. The Cavaliers have dropped 12 straight road games dating back to 2012.
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The Panthers certainly came out sharp, racing to a quick 17-3 lead. Senior defensive end Mike Moore broke free and sacked Peterman and forced a fumble that landed in the arms of senior defensive end Kwontie Moore, who ran 15 yards for a score. Wide receiver Qadree Ollison ran for 122 yards with a second-half touchdown as the Panthers limited the Hokies to 100 yards of offense. When Johns was tackled in the end zone for a safety, the Panthers were up 26-13.
The Cavaliers got a late touchdown on a Johns pass to Canaan Severin with 5:50 left. Four consecutive incompletions, however, ended any hopes of Virginia getting a win it desperately needs to breathe a few life into a disappointing season. “It’s just a matter of two or three plays”.