Despite a 4 landing efficiency from junior Panther operating again Darrin Hall, the North Carolina Tar Heels outlasted the Panthers at Heinz Field.
In a back-and-forth sport underneath the lights on nationwide tv, the Panthers (Four-6 general, 2-Four ACC) couldn’t sustain with two fourth quarter touchdowns from the North Carolina Tar Heel (2-Eight general, 1-6 ACC) en path to a 34-31 loss.
Highlighting a primary quarter the place each groups struggled to piece collectively an offensive drive, two mbadive performs from the Tar Heels gave them an early edge on the Panthers.
On the opening kickoff, the Tar Heels returned the ball 98 yards for a landing to take management of the sport with a 7-Zero lead.
Responding, with a kickoff return into Tar Heel territory, the Panther offense stalled and first-year Alex Kessman drilled a 42-yard subject purpose to place the Panthers on the board, 7-Three.
Pitt’s Bricen Garner makes a shoelace sort out within the second half. (Photo by Christian Snyder / Contributing Editor)
After each groups traded punts, the Tar Heels discovered success by way of one other mbadive play.
Sophomore quarterback Nathan Elliott discovered sophomore receiver Anthony Ratliff for a 40-yard go to place the Tar Heels within the crimson zone. Two performs later, Elliott threw an 11-yard landing go to increase the Tar Heel result in 11 at 14-Three.
Despite trailing by double digits at 14-Three to finish the quarter, the Panthers labored their approach again into the sport through the second quarter.
Opening the second quarter with an enormous play, redshirt sophomore quarterback Ben DiNucci discovered Hall streaking down the left sideline for a 30-yard completion. On the following play, Hall completed off the drive with a 7-yard landing run to chop into the Tar Heel lead, 14-10.
After a Tar Heel punt, the Panther operating badault discovered its footing. Capping off a 38-yard drive consisting of all operating performs, Hall punched in a 1-yard landing run to place the Panthers up 17-14.
Piecing collectively their first prolonged drive of the sport, the Tar Heels responded with a drive into Panther territory. Scoring off a trick play, Ratliff threw a 35-yard landing to junior receiver Josh Cabrera for the Tar Heels to retake the lead at 21-17.
(Photo by John Hamilton / Managing Editor)
The Panthers discovered extra success on the bottom of their subsequent drive and moved the ball deep into the crimson zone. On the purpose line, junior Quadree Henderson fumbled the ball, and the Tar Heels returned the ball to the Panther 34-yard line.
The Panther protection pressured the Tar Heels to accept a 51-yard subject purpose, placing the North Carolina up 24-17 with 37 seconds left within the half. Unable to make any progress in so little time, the Panther offense walked off the sphere down 24-17 as time expired within the first half.
In spite of three momentum swinging performs from the Tar Heels, the Panthers managed to outgain the Tar Heel offense on the again of a robust operating sport within the first half.
Sticking with their floor badault, the Panthers opened the second half with a nine-play, 75-yard landing drive. Rushing for his third landing of the sport, Hall tied the sport at 24.
Answering with their very own prolonged drive, the Tar Heel offense got here proper again down the sphere. Pitt’s protection pressured the Tar Heels to accept a 48-yard subject purpose to provide them a 27-24 lead.
Pitt opened the fourth quarter with the ball, permitting Hall and the Panther operating sport to proceed dominating the Tar Heel protection.
Rushing the ball on eight of the 9 performs of their subsequent drive, the Panthers drove 75 yards. Hall punched in his fourth landing of the evening on a 1-yard landing run to place the Panthers up 31-27.
UNC operating again Jordon Brown streaks down the sideline late within the fourth quarter.(Photo by John Hamilton / Managing Editor)
The Tar Heels missed a subject purpose on their subsequent drive, however after forcing a fast Panther punt, labored their approach into the crimson zone. Elliot completed off the drive with a Three-yard landing go to place the Tar Heels up 34-31 with a bit of greater than six minutes remaining within the sport.
After a couple of first downs to start out their subsequent drive, the Tar Heel protection pressured the Panthers to punt the ball away with 2:54 remaining within the quarter.
The Panther protection couldn’t cease the Tar Heels’ floor badault, and ultimately the Tar Heels ran out the clock to seal their 34-31 victory.
Heading into their remaining two video games of the common season, the Panthers tackle No. 17 Virginia Tech Saturday, Nov. 18, in Blacksburg, Virginia, as they give the impression of being to win their remaining two video games to develop into bowl eligible.
Steelers James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster be part of the Panther Pitt within the first half. (John Hamilton / Managing Editor)