GAMEDAY College Football

Pittsburgh 41, Tennessee 34

Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Kenny Pickett threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score to lead Pittsburgh to a 41-34 victory over Tennessee.

The Panther defense collected five sacks, recovered two fumbles, had an interception and a crucial fourth-quarter goal-line stand to seal their second victory of the season.

The Volunteers (1-1) lost the game and a starting quarterback. Joe Milton went down with a lower leg injury after being sacked and losing a fumble early in the second quarter.

Hendon Hooker came on to throw for 189 yards, but the mistakes hurt the effort.

Just when Tennessee's offense was showing signs of life in the fourth quarter, the Panthers came up with an answer.

The Vols' defense ran into tackling issues on a 75-yard drive that resulted in a 5-yard pass from Pickett to Jordan Addison and a 41-27 Pitt lead.

Pitt's second double-digit lead didn't last long. Hooker ran for 23 yards, then hit Jacob Warren over the middle for 34 to the Panthers' 2. Jaylen Wright scored on his third try.

Wright had an opportunity to tie the game midway through the fourth quarter. On fourth-and-1 from the Pitt 3, John Petrishen shot the gap and hit Wright for a loss, giving Pitt the ball. Three plays and a bad punt later, the Vols had the ball back 34 yards away from tying the game.

Pitt's Brandon Hill ended that threat with an interception.

After leading by seven at halftime, Pitt kept the pressure on. The Panthers went 60 yards and Pickett scored from a yard out.

It took Hooker a while to take ownership of the Tennessee offense. After replacing Milton early in the second quarter, the attack sputtered until he led a 63-yard drive that ended when he hit Warren for an 8-yard TD.

After a stale first quarter and trailing 10-0, Pitt put 27 points on the board in the second.

The Panthers went 92 yards in 11 plays, with the payoff coming on an 11-yard connection between Pickett and Melquise Stovall.

The Vols constantly tried the deep ball, showcasing Milton's arm. The strategy loosened the Pitt defense, allowing Milton to run 54 yards to the Pitt 5. A personal foul moved the ball back to the 22, then an offensive pass interference call took it back to the 37. Chase McGrath converted on a 48-yard field goal for a 13-7 lead.

Pitt got a little fancy on its next possession. After a long pass and another personal foul on the Vols, Pickett took the snap, threw a lateral fo Jared Wayne who then found Lucas Krull in the end zone from 16 yards and a 14-13 advantage.

Defensive lineman Keyshon Camp knocked Milton out of the game and came up with the fumble at the same time, giving Pitt the ball on the Vols' 19, Four plays later, Sam Scarton made it 17-13 with a 38-yard field goal.

The Tennessee offense went nowhere, and Pitt took advantage with another field goal and 20-13 lead.

It didn't take long for the hosts to tie it up. Jimmy Calloway took a wide receiver screen from Hooker 44 yards for a TD to cap a drive that went 68 yards in four plays.

Pitt didn't waste the final 2:16 of the first half. The Panthers went to work and put together a 75-yard drive that Vincent Davis finished off from 2 yards with 19 seconds to spare.

After Pitt's opening drive yielded minus-4 yards, Tennessee's Christian Charles blew through the middle of the Panther line and smothered Kirk Christodoulou's punt. Nick Humphrey fell on it at the Panther 2-yard line. Jabari Small made it 7-0 on the first snap.

Tennessee's lead went to 10-0 when McGrath converted a 37-yard field goal.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter PittTenn
Tenn TD 13:34 Jabari Small 2 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 7
Tenn FG 4:44 Chase McGrath 37 yard field goal 0 10
Second Quarter PittTenn
Pitt TD 14:53 Melquise Stovall 11 yard TD pass from Kenny Pickett (Sam Scarton Extra Point) 7 10
Tenn FG 11:16 Chase McGrath 48 yard field goal 7 13
Pitt TD 9:25 Lucas Krull 16 yard TD pass from Jared Wayne (Sam Scarton Extra Point) 14 13
Pitt FG 8:34 Sam Scarton 38 yard field goal 17 13
Pitt FG 3:53 Sam Scarton 27 yard field goal 20 13
Tenn TD 2:16 Jimmy Calloway 44 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 20 20
Pitt TD 0:19 Vincent Davis 2 yard TD run (Sam Scarton Extra Point) 27 20
Third Quarter PittTenn
Pitt TD 4:49 Kenny Pickett 1 yard TD run (Sam Scarton Extra Point) 34 20
Tenn TD 2:32 Jacob Warren 8 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 34 27
Fourth Quarter PittTenn
Pitt TD 12:22 Jordan Addison 5 yard TD pass from Kenny Pickett (Sam Scarton Extra Point) 41 27
Tenn TD 10:09 Jaylen Wright 1 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 41 34
Team Stats
  Pittsburgh Tennessee
First downs 24 23
  Rushing 6 6
  Passing 15 10
  Penalty 3 7
3rd Down Efficiency 8-20, 40% 6-13, 46%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 45-96 33-135
Passing Yards 301 239
Return Yards 66 122
Completions-Attempts-Int 25-37-0 22-33-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-13 5-34
Punts 7 4
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties - Yards 9-76 13-134
Pittsburgh Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Pickett 24 36 285 2 0
J. Wayne 1 1 16 1 0
Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Hooker 15 21 189 2 1
J. Milton III 7 12 50 0 0
Pittsburgh Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
I. Abanikanda 12 43 3.6 0
V. Davis 19 33 1.7 1
K. Pickett 10 19 1.9 1
J. Addison 1 5 5.0 0
Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Milton III 5 54 10.8 0
H. Hooker 9 48 5.3 0
J. Small 8 18 2.3 1
J. Wright 11 15 1.4 1
Pittsburgh Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Mack 4 100 25.0 0
J. Addison 6 64 10.7 1
J. Wayne 3 56 18.7 0
L. Krull 3 33 11.0 1
I. Abanikanda 4 18 4.5 0
V. Davis 3 13 4.3 0
M. Stovall 1 11 11.0 1
S. Jacques-Louis 1 6 6.0 0
Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Calloway 3 60 20.0 1
J. Warren 5 55 11.0 1
P. Fant 4 47 11.8 0
V. Jones Jr. 3 31 10.3 0
J. Wright 5 20 4.0 0
C. Tillman 1 20 20.0 0
J. Small 1 6 6.0 0
Pittsburgh Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Hill 1 25
Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Pittsburgh Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Christodoulou 6 244 40.7
Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Brooks 4 183 45.8
Pittsburgh Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Stovall 1 5 5.0
Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Pittsburgh Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Barden 3 36 12.0
Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
V. Jones Jr. 4 122 30.5
Pittsburgh Missed FG
Player Length
Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length




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