Pitt Is It: No.23 Panthers Top Clemson 27-17


PITTSBURGH (AP) Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett made the most of his Heisman Trophy showcase, throwing in for 302 yards and two touchdowns as the 23rd-ranked Panthers outscored Clemson 27-17 on Saturday.

Pickett completed 25 of 39 assists to pass Alex Van Pelt for the most career accomplishments in school history. The fifth-year senior made two extended dives late in the fourth quarter after the Tigers drew under 10.

Senior linebacker SirVocea Dennis returned a pass from Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei over 50 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter that gave the Panthers a 14-point lead they never really threatened. to lose.

Pitt (6-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) took control of the ACC Coastal Division with their fourth straight victory after a stunning home loss to West Michigan last month. Clemson (4-3, 3-2) saw his chances of winning another Atlantic Division title take a huge hit.

Uiagalelei passed for just 128 yards and two picks and was briefly benched in favor of substitute Taisu Phommachanh in the third quarter after his shovel pass hit Dennis right in the middle of No.7 on the front of his jersey.

Phommachanh failed to provide many sparks, completing just 3 of 7 passes for 23 yards before Uiagalelei returned in the fourth quarter after Sam Scarton’s 43-yard field goal gave the Panthers a 27-yard lead. -10 with 9:30 to play.

Uiagalelei ran for 6 yards with 7:56 left to play, but Pickett used his legs twice to convert in third downs as the Panthers ran out of time as a stunned crowd from Heinz Field celebrated.


Clemson: hosts Florida State (3-4, 2-2) next Saturday. The Tigers have won five in a row against the Seminoles, including four for at least 10 points.

Pitt: hosts Miami next Saturday. The Hurricanes have won each of the last three meetings with the Panthers by an average of 12.3 points.

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