Hey that was fairly cool. First street win towards a ranked opponent since 2016. First win towards an FBS opponent in ten makes an attempt. That’s proper. Prior to this win, our Jackets had misplaced 9 straight occasions to FBS opponents. Nine occasions. And in contrast to Ferris Bueller, we do not have a technique to hack into the NCAA report books to vary that. (We in all probability do, however I can not think about it will final). Heading into tonight, I used to be anticipating 1-4, however we’re formally 2-3. I’ll take it. For the vast majority of Saturday’s recreation, the Yellow Jacket protection instilled a confidence for these watching that, no matter level differential, the sport was sort of in management. The offense, however, was extraordinarily inconsistent. Red zone efficiency vastly improved week-over-week, though a few of these FGs might have simply been TDs. We put factors on the board this time round, however we’ve got to discover a technique to rating touchdowns constantly if extra profitable is a objective of ours… which I hope it’s. Also, if it weren’t for Charlie Thomas’s one-man turnover social gathering, this recreation might have simply gone in a unique course. All in all, tonight proved it may be completed. We can win.
I imply significantly… what a rattling good efficiency by this workforce, particularly with all of the loopy stuff us media folks have been writing and with the coach being fired and all that stuff… did not matter. There’s no query – Pitt misplaced quite a lot of expertise within the offseason (Kenny Pickett to the NFL, Jordan Addison to USC – simply to call a couple of), but it surely’s nonetheless a very good workforce led by a very good coach in Pat Narduzzi. And though solely 15 followers attended the sport, an in-conference street win is big. More importantly, they’ve had our quantity lately. This marks our first win towards Pitt since 2017. Getting over a hump like that may work wonders for a workforce’s confidence. The recreation was a rustic mile from excellent, however there have been loads of positives to construct on. Jeff Sims appeared to search out his legs (and his voice) within the fourth quarter. EJ Jenkins made a play late within the crimson zone to as soon as once more present how harmful he may be. Hassan Hall was a wrecking ball and I’m an beginner poet. I’ve already talked about Charlie Thomas – he was the participant of the sport and he solely performed one half. I’m having to restrain hope, however you possibly can persuade me that this workforce finds a technique to win 4 extra video games… why do I do that to myself….
Brent Key’s offensive strains at Tech, up so far, have not been something to jot down residence about, however they confirmed up tonight towards a troublesome entrance seven. Tech averaged 5.4 yards per rush, largely influenced by some large runs late within the recreation. But they saved pounding away and it’s important to give them credit score. Speaking of Brent Key and the teaching state of affairs – who is aware of what is going to occur as soon as the common season ends, however I’m discarding all skepticism for now. Maybe I ought to have slept on this win earlier than placing that in writing, however his calm demeanor on the sideline and his emotional post-game interview have made me a Brent Key Believer. Someone provide you with a neater technique to say that – Keyliever. Handled. I by no means doubted that Collins liked his gamers, so it is smart that his Assistant Head Coach shares that sentiment in direction of these guys, however he loves these guys. And he loves GT. I get that we did not win Super Bowl VXI however watching him seemingly choke up just a little after a tough fought recreation on the tail finish of a really difficult week makes me really feel assured he is the person for the (interim) job. From a training standpoint, there is not a ton to discern outdoors of the truth that we received, however we solely dedicated 4 penalties. That’s an enchancment (averaging 7+ per recreation towards FBS opponents). oh We additionally did not let Pitt block any punts. We’ll see the way it goes, however I like the way it began.
Next up is one-loss Duke, again at residence, below the late afternoon sky. I’m positive they will need revenge after final 12 months’s last-second dagger, however hopefully we are able to discover just a little momentum after this win. See you on The Flats. Go Jackets.