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GAMEDAY College Football

Pittsburgh 17, Syracuse 9

(AP Photo/Barry Reeger)

By WILL GRAVES
AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH - Rodney Hammond ran for a career-high 124 yards and a touchdown while filling in for injured Israel Abanikanda and Pittsburgh shut down No. 22 Syracuse 17-9 to end a two-game losing streak.

The Panthers (5-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) relied heavily on Hammond and a defense that kept Orange freshman quarterback Carlos Del Rio-Wilson in check in his first career start. Pitt sacked Del Rio-Wilson six times and limited the Orange (6-3, 3-2) to 145 total yards in beating Syracuse for the 18th time in the past 21 meetings of the longtime rivals.

C'Bo Flemister added a short touchdown run for Pitt as the defending ACC champions righted themselves after three losses in four games essentially ended any shot of them earning a second straight trip to the conference title game.

Though quarterback Kedon Slovis failed to throw a touchdown pass for a fourth straight game - the USC transfer completed 16 of 23 for 178 yards and an ill-advised heave into the end zone in the first quarter that ended as an interception - Hammond and Flemister made up for it while doing a pretty solid Abanikanda impersonation.

Hammond began the season expecting to split carries with Abanikanda only to get hurt during the season opener against West Virginia. Abanikanda took firm hold of the starting job in Hammond's absence, becoming the ACC's leading rusher in the process.

Fully healthy now, Hammond showcased the power that quickly endeared him to the coaching staff. He bulled over from 6 yards out in the first quarter to give the Panthers a 7-3 lead. The score was the first by a Pitt player other than Abanikanda since a loss to Georgia Tech on Oct. 1.

Flemister added a 1-yard dive late in the third quarter that put Pitt up 17-6, a margin the Orange found far too daunting.

Del Rio-Wilson, starting over injured Garrett Shrader, hit just 8 of 23 passes for 120 yards. He faced near-constant pressure from the Panthers and during the rare occasions he had time, he struggled with accuracy.

Andre Szmyt hit three field goals for the Orange, including a 49-yarder with 4:52 left that made it a one-score game. Syracuse got the ball back with 1:40 remaining, but Del-Rio Wilson was sacked for a safety on the first play to seal it.

THE TAKEAWAY

Syracuse: So much for that impressive start. The Orange have returned to earth over the past three weeks. The sometimes fortunate bounces that allowed Syracuse to race to 6-0 have largely evaporated. The Orange got a break early in the fourth quarter thanks to a 2-yard punt by the Panthers but failed to turn great field position into any points when they badly needed to swing momentum.

Pitt: The defense the Panthers expected to have much of the season - a defense that has been spotty at critical times of late - showed up against Syracuse. The Orange wanted to run the ball to take some of the heat off Del Rio-Wilson. They couldn't. If this kind of performance is replicable, the Panthers could put together a hot streak to finish a somewhat disappointing season.

November 5, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SyrPitt
Syr FG 0:26 Andre Szmyt 23 yard field goal 3 0
Second Quarter SyrPitt
Pitt TD 10:26 Rodney Hammond Jr. 6 yard TD run (Ben Sauls Extra Point) 3 7
Syr FG 3:44 Andre Szmyt 48 yard field goal 6 7
Pitt FG 0:05 Ben Sauls 43 yard field goal 6 10
Third Quarter SyrPitt
Pitt TD 1:49 C'Bo Flemister 1 yard TD run (Ben Sauls Extra Point) 6 17
Fourth Quarter SyrPitt
Syr FG 4:52 Andre Szmyt 49 yard field goal 9 17
Pitt SF 1:35 Deslin Alexandre Safety 9 19
Team Stats
  Syracuse Pittsburgh
First downs 10 18
  Rushing 2 12
  Passing 4 6
  Penalty 4 0
3rd Down Efficiency 3-14, 21% 7-16, 44%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 25-25 48-161
Passing Yards 120 178
Return Yards 49 57
Completions-Attempts-Int 8-23-0 16-24-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 6-27 1-12
Punts 7 7
Fumbles Lost 1-0 2-0
Penalties - Yards 4-25 9-78
Syracuse Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Del Rio-Wilson 8 23 120 0 0
Pittsburgh Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Slovis 16 23 178 0 1
J. Wayne 0 1 0 0 1
Syracuse Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Tucker 10 19 1.9 0
C. Del Rio-Wilson 14 7 0.5 0
Pittsburgh Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Hammond Jr. 28 124 4.4 1
C. Flemister 12 42 3.5 1
V. Davis 2 8 4.0 0
K. Slovis 3 -10 -3.3 0
Syracuse Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Alford 2 48 24.0 0
D. Adams 1 45 45.0 0
T. Pena 1 12 12.0 0
D. Cooper 1 7 7.0 0
M. Mang 1 5 5.0 0
S. Tucker 2 3 1.5 0
Pittsburgh Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Wayne 6 102 17.0 0
K. Mumpfield 6 59 9.8 0
V. Davis 1 8 8.0 0
G. Bartholomew 1 6 6.0 0
K. Wright 1 3 3.0 0
R. Hammond Jr. 1 0 0.0
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Syracuse Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Carter 1 0
I. Johnson 1 0
Pittsburgh Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Syracuse Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Von Marburg 7 282 40.3
Pittsburgh Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Guess 3 80 26.7
S. Vander Haar 2 92 46.0
C. Junko 2 86 43.0
Syracuse Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Pena 3 14 4.7
Pittsburgh Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Devonshire 2 29 14.5
Syracuse Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Pena 1 35 35.0
Pittsburgh Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Devonshire 1 0 0
R. Hammond Jr. 1 28 28.0
Syracuse Missed FG
Player Length
A. Szmyt 46
Pittsburgh Missed FG
Player Length




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