After a loss at Georgia Tech, Pitt was barely tested on Saturday against the Rice Owls.
The Panthers rolled up nearly 500 yards of offense and forced three turnovers in a 42-10 rout of Rice at Heinz Field. Pitt took a 28-0 lead into the locker room, and despite getting outscored 10-0 in the third quarter, they took control once again and scored the game’s last 14 points to finish off a sizable win.
The day belonged to Max Browne, who was nearly perfect in a 28-32 day where he threw for 410 yards and four touchdowns. Pitt’s defense had a strong day as well as they picked Jackson Tyner off three times.
Here’s what Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi said after the win that moved his team to 2-3 on the season.
On not letting things slip away in the second half after building a 28-0 lead over the first two quarters: “We played a darn good first half. They started to scare me at the beginning of the third quarter. I talked to them about finishing the game. We’ve been up 28-0 in the past and hopefully they learned from (it) but they came out and finished the game. We didn’t make plays in the early third quarter but the way they came out and executed against a solid football team, you’ve got to be happy for that.”
On the lack of a run game, as well as the quarterback situation and whether they “have a quarterback now” after Browne’s big day : “Do we ever? (laughs) We have one today. We’ve got to get out run game going. He can’t just drop back and pass every single down. We rushed for 69 yards. That ain’t good. But he threw the ball like we thought he was capable. He got some good run checks. He looked comfortable in the pocket.”
On the play of defensive back Avonte Maddox today: “That’s what seniors are supposed to do. That’s what captains are supposed to do. He’s certainly a great captain in leading this football team. But he’s making plays on special teams, he’s holding up people…he’s doing a lot of great things for us. They’re not throwing to his side…overall, solid.”
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