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Pittsburgh 55, Austin Peay 0

PITTSBURGH Kenny Pickett threw a touchdown pass and ran for another as Pittsburgh scored on each of its first six offensive possessions and raced to a 55-0 victory over Austin Peay at Heinz Field on Saturday.

With Pittsburgh up 42-0 halftime, the teams agreed to play 10-minute quarters in the second half. Seven Panthers players were held out of the game due to COVID-19 protocol.

Pickett and offensive coordinator Mark Whipple spread the love around as Pickett threw to seven receivers and six players scored touchdowns during the Panthers' offensive explosion.

A Paris Ford interception set up Pitt's first score, a 1-yard Daniel Carter plunge. Pickett connected with Shocky Jaques-Louis on a 68-yard strike before scrambling into the end zone from six yards out to score on Pitt's second drive. He then connected with wide-open Maryland transfer DJ Turner for a 51-yard score.

Pickett finished 14 of 20 for 277 yards through the air. Freshman Jordan Addison was his most frequent target, hauling in seven catches for 35 yards.

"I think we've got more speed," Pickett said. "Guys (were) running by people, getting some separation. Obviously, I think that'll be a huge asset to our game."

After that, Whipple turned over the offense to the running game, with Vincent Davis scoring on a one-yard rush, Israel Abanikanda scampering to pay dirt on a 10-yard draw, and Todd Sibley, Jr. plunging in from one yard out on Pitt's three second-quarter possessions.

"I thought it was as clean as we have looked," Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. "I wanted to make a statement and I thought our run game looked solid."

The Pitt defense pitched its first shutout since 2014, holding the Governors to 146 yards of total offense and 10 yards rushing.

Sibley blocked a punt and returned it for an 11-yard touchdown. Davis scored again on a short rush after a second botched Austin Peay punt in the fourth quarter.

THE TAKEAWAY

Pitt has generally played things close to the vest on offense in openers against FCS teams under Pat Narduzzi, which has resulted in some closer-than-expected final scores. But the Panthers' offense was anything but conservative in the first half, with Pickett repeatedly connecting on deep passes. The result was Pitt's highest first-half offensive output since 2014, the year before Narduzzi took the reins.

"When we play up to our level, that's what an opener should look like," Narduzzi said. "Probably one of our biggest margins of victory since I've been here. . I wanted to prove that this 2020 team was a different team and they really are."

Austin Peay is now 1-25 against FBS teams since 1980. The Governors' last win against a higher-level team came against Kansas State in 1987. Despite that, Austin Peay coach Marquase Lovings said it's important for his team to play these games.

"It's really important from a competition standpoint of letting guys know that there's better people out there," he said. We've got to go to work. . That's just in our DNA. It really is. We have a compete drill every single day in practice. The competition is real in our program."

MISSING MEN

Starting defensive linemen Keyshon Camp and Rashad Weaver were two of the seven who were not in attendance due to COVID-19 protocols. Starting tight end Lucas Krull and wide receiver Taysir Mack were on the sideline but did not dress.

Narduzzi said he expects to have the seven players in COVID-19 protocol back for next Saturday's game and that Krull could have played, but was less than 100%. Defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado left the game with an undisclosed injury late in the fist quarter and did not return.

UP NEXT

Pitt (1-0) will host Syracuse (0-1) to begin Atlantic Coast Conference play on Sept. 19. The ACC teams are playing just one non-conference game as part of an 11-game schedule this season.

Austin Peay (0-2) visits No. 20 Cincinnati, in the Bearcats' season opener. That game will be the finale of a three-game fall non-conference schedule for the Governors. The Ohio Valley Conference has postponed its conference games until the spring.

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  Austin Peay Pittsburgh
First downs 7 20
  Rushing 4 9
  Passing 3 10
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 4-16, 25% 6-10, 60%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 22-3 35-147
Passing Yards 136 309
Return Yards 101 48
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-33-2 19-28-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--20 1--11
Punts 9 3
Punts-Average 25.2 49.3
Fumbles Lost 1-1 3-0
Penalties - Yards 5-28 4-30
Time of Possession 30:15 34:45
Austin Peay Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Oatsvall 7 18 96 0 1
K. Williams 9 15 40 0 1
Pittsburgh Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Pickett 14 20 277 1 0
J. Yellen 2 3 19 0 0
D. Beville 3 5 13 0 0
Austin Peay Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Snead 8 9 1.1 0
C. Evans Jr. 4 4 1.0 0
J. Oatsvall 4 3 0.8 0
B. Harley 2 3 1.5 0
K. Williams 3 -11 -3.7 0
Pittsburgh Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
V. Davis 11 43 3.9 2
I. Abanikanda 5 26 5.2 1
A. Davis 5 24 4.8 0
K. Pickett 2 23 11.5 1
D. Carter 4 18 4.5 1
J. Addison 1 15 15.0 0
D. Turner 1 9 9.0 0
T. Sibley Jr. 4 2 0.5 1
J. Yellen 2 -13 -6.5 0
Austin Peay Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Harley 5 83 16.6 0
G. Pollard 1 20 20.0 0
D. Wilson 3 13 4.3 0
C. Evans Jr. 3 9 3.0 0
B. Lanier 1 7 7.0 0
E. Minter 1 4 4.0 0
J. McDonald 1 1 1.0 0
J. Parker 1 -1 -1.0 0
Pittsburgh Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Turner 2 76 38.0 1
S. Jacques-Louis 1 68 68.0 0
J. Barden 1 68 68.0 0
J. Addison 7 35 5.0 0
G. Bickhart 2 16 8.0 0
K. Wright 1 16 16.0 0
G. Thomson 2 12 6.0 0
V. Davis 1 9 9.0 0
D. Carter 1 5 5.0 0
K. Mimes 1 4 4.0 0
Austin Peay Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Pittsburgh Interceptions
Player Int Yards
P. Ford 1 1
E. Hallett 1 -1
Austin Peay Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Deeds 7 227 32.4
Pittsburgh Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Christodoulou 3 148 49.3
Austin Peay Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Parker 1 8 8.0
Pittsburgh Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Sibley Jr. 1 25 25.0
B. George 1 14 14.0
Austin Peay Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Parker 5 93 18.6
Pittsburgh Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Turner 1 9 9.0
Austin Peay Missed FG
Player Length
G. Paulette 35
Pittsburgh Missed FG
Player Length
A. Kessman 42


4th Quarter
1st&10 at Pitt 38 Kam Williams sacked at Pitt45 for -7 yards. Kam Williams FUMBLES (FF-Dayon Hayes), recovered at Pitt45 by Noah Palmer RETURNED for 17 yards.. Noah Palmer FUMBLES, recovered at APSU22 by Calijah Kancey RETURNED for 0 yards.
4th&1 at Pitt 41 CJ Evans Jr. rush to Pitt38 for 3 yards
4th&1 at Pitt 41 Austin Peay Governors timeout.
3rd&2 at Pitt 42 Kam Williams pass to Jack McDonald to Pitt41 for 1 yard
2nd&10 at Pitt 50 Kam Williams pass to Baniko Harley to Pitt42 for 8 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 50 Kam Williams incomplete pass intended for Geordon Pollard
3rd&11 at APSU 30 Kam Williams pass to Geordon Pollard to Pitt50 for 20 yards
2nd&11 at APSU 30 Kam Williams incomplete pass intended for Jack McDonald
1st&10 at APSU 31 Kam Williams pass to Jay Parker to APSU30 for -1 yards
3rd&4 at APSU 27 Kam Williams pass to Eugene Minter to APSU31 for 4 yards
2nd&6 at APSU 25 Kam Williams pass to CJ Evans Jr. to APSU27 for 2 yards
1st&10 at APSU 21 (3:10) CJ Evans Jr. rush to APSU25 for 4 yards
Kickoff Alex Kessman kicks 65 yards from Pitt35 to APSU0, Jay Parker returns to APSU21 for 21 yards
Extra Point AttemptPitt 55-0 Ben Sauls extra point is GOOD.
3rd&4 at APSU 4Pitt 54-0 Vincent Davis rush for 4 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
2nd&2 at APSU 2 Joey Yellen rush to APSU3 for -1 yards. Joey Yellen FUMBLES, recovered at APSU4 by Joey Yellen RETURNED for 0 yards.
1st&2 at APSU 2 (4:25) Vincent Davis rush to APSU2 for no gain
4th&13 at APSU 16 TEAM punts no gain to APSU16, Brandon George returns to APSU2 for 14 yards
3rd&16 at APSU 13 Brian Snead rush to APSU16 for 3 yards
2nd&18 at APSU 11 Brian Snead rush to APSU13 for 2 yards
1st&10 at APSU 19 (6:45) Kam Williams sacked at APSU11 for -8 yards
Kickoff Alex Kessman kicks 58 yards from Pitt35 to APSU7, Jay Parker returns to APSU19 for 12 yards
Missed Two Point Conversion 2pt rush attempt. Unsuccessful.
4th&16 at APSU 25Pitt 48-0 TEAM punt is blocked by Todd Sibley Jr.. Todd Sibley Jr. RETURNED from APSU11 for 11 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
4th&10 at APSU 31 APSU-PENALIZED -6 yards for Delay of Game
3rd&10 at APSU 31 Kam Williams incomplete pass
2nd&10 at APSU 31 Kam Williams incomplete pass
1st&10 at APSU 31 Kam Williams incomplete pass intended for Eugene Minter
3rd&3 at APSU 27 Kam Williams rush to APSU31 for 4 yards
2nd&6 at APSU 24 Kam Williams pass to CJ Evans Jr. to APSU27 for 3 yards
1st&10 at APSU 20 (8:29) Kam Williams pass to CJ Evans Jr. to APSU24 for 4 yards
4th&16 at APSU 47 Kirk Christodoulou punts 47 yards to APSU0, TOUCHBACK.
3rd&15 at APSU 46 Todd Sibley Jr. rush to APSU47 for -1 yards
2nd&11 at APSU 42 Todd Sibley Jr. rush to APSU46 for -4 yards
3rd Quarter
1st&10 at APSU 41 (0:02) Davis Beville pass to Gavin Thomson to APSU42 for -1 yards
Penalty Pitt-Deandre Jules PENALIZED -15 yards for Personal Foul
2nd&11 at APSU 12 Kam Williams pass intercepted by Erick Hallett RETURNED from APSU25 for -1 yards.
1st&10 at APSU 13 (0:51) Kam Williams pass to DeAngelo Wilson to APSU12 for -1 yards
4th&6 at Pitt 45 Kirk Christodoulou punts 42 yards to APSU13, Downed
3rd&6 at Pitt 45 Joey Yellen incomplete pass intended for Garrett Bickhart
2nd&10 at Pitt 41 Israel Abanikanda rush to Pitt45 for 4 yards
2nd&5 at Pitt 46 Pitt-Blake Zubovic PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
1st&10 at Pitt 41 Israel Abanikanda rush to Pitt46 for 5 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 28 (2:43) Joey Yellen pass to Gavin Thomson to Pitt41 for 13 yards
4th&5 at APSU 49 Cole Deeds punts 23 yards to Pitt28, Downed
3rd&5 at APSU 49 Jeremiah Oatsvall incomplete pass intended for DeAngelo Wilson
2nd&10 at APSU 44 Jeremiah Oatsvall pass to DeAngelo Wilson to APSU49 for 5 yards
1st&10 at APSU 44 (3:47) Jeremiah Oatsvall incomplete pass intended for DeAngelo Wilson
4th&4 at APSU 44 Davis Beville incomplete pass intended for Garrett Bickhart
3rd&14 at Pitt 46 Davis Beville pass to Garrett Bickhart to APSU44 for 10 yards
2nd&11 at Pitt 49 Vincent Davis rush to Pitt46 for -3 yards
1st&10 at APSU 50 Vincent Davis rush to Pitt49 for -1 yards
2nd&6 at Pitt 43 Vincent Davis rush to APSU50 for 7 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 39 (7:01) Vincent Davis rush to Pitt43 for 4 yards
4th&9 at APSU 29 Cole Deeds punts 32 yards to Pitt39, Downed
3rd&9 at APSU 29 Jeremiah Oatsvall incomplete pass intended for Geordon Pollard
2nd&9 at APSU 29 Jeremiah Oatsvall incomplete pass intended for Baniko Harley
1st&10 at APSU 28 (8:08) Jeremiah Oatsvall rush to APSU29 for 1 yard
4th&9 at Pitt 21 Kirk Christodoulou punts 59 yards to APSU20, Jay Parker returns to APSU28 for 8 yards
3rd&15 at Pitt 15 Joey Yellen pass to Garrett Bickhart to Pitt21 for 6 yards
2nd&4 at Pitt 26 Joey Yellen sacked at Pitt15 for -11 yards. Joey Yellen FUMBLES (FF-Josephus Smith), recovered at Pitt15 by Blake Zubovic RETURNED for 0 yards.
1st&10 at Pitt 20 (10:00) Daniel Carter rush to Pitt26 for 6 yards
Kickoff Cole Deeds kicks 54 yards from APSU35 to Pitt11, DJ Turner returns to Pitt20 for 9 yards
2nd Quarter
1st&10 at APSU 24 Alex Kessman 42 yard field goal is MISSED.
3rd&4 at APSU 28 Davis Beville pass to Kaymar Mimes to APSU24 for 4 yards
2nd&4 at APSU 28 Davis Beville incomplete pass intended for John Vardzel
1st&10 at APSU 34 (0:32) Todd Sibley Jr. rush to APSU28 for 6 yards
4th&17 at APSU 14 Cole Deeds punts 20 yards to APSU34, Out of Bounds
3rd&18 at APSU 13 Jeremiah Oatsvall rush to APSU14 for 1 yard
3rd&18 at APSU 13 Pittsburgh Panthers timeout.
2nd&15 at APSU 16 CJ Evans Jr. rush to APSU13 for -3 yards
1st&10 at APSU 21 (2:35) TEAM rush to APSU16 for -5 yards
Kickoff Alex Kessman kicks 60 yards from Pitt35 to APSU5, Jay Parker returns to APSU21 for 16 yards
Extra Point AttemptPitt 42-0 Alex Kessman extra point is GOOD.
1st&1 at APSU 1Pitt 41-0 Todd Sibley Jr. rush for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at Pitt 31 (3:29) Kenny Pickett pass to Jaylon Barden to APSU1 for 68 yards
4th&5 at APSU 32 Cole Deeds punts 37 yards to Pitt31, Jordan Addison Fair Catch
3rd&12 at APSU 25 Jeremiah Oatsvall pass to Baniko Harley to APSU32 for 7 yards
3rd&7 at APSU 30 APSU-PENALIZED -5 yards for Delay of Game
2nd&10 at APSU 27 Baniko Harley rush to APSU30 for 3 yards
1st&10 at APSU 27 (5:35) Jeremiah Oatsvall incomplete pass intended for DeAngelo Wilson
Kickoff Alex Kessman kicks 59 yards from Pitt35 to APSU6, Jay Parker returns to APSU27 for 21 yards
Extra Point AttemptPitt 35-0 Alex Kessman extra point is GOOD.
1st&10 at APSU 10Pitt 34-0 Israel Abanikanda rush for 10 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
Penalty Pitt-PENALIZED -5 yards for Illegal Shift
3rd&7 at APSU 12 Kenny Pickett pass to Jordan Addison to APSU5 for 7 yards
2nd&8 at APSU 13 Kenny Pickett pass to Jordan Addison to APSU12 for 1 yard
1st&10 at APSU 15 Israel Abanikanda rush to APSU13 for 2 yards
Penalty APSU-Isaiah Norman PENALIZED 10 yards for Holding
3rd&5 at APSU 25 Kenny Pickett incomplete pass intended for Shocky Jacques-Louis
2nd&10 at APSU 30 Israel Abanikanda rush to APSU25 for 5 yards
1st&10 at APSU 30 Kenny Pickett incomplete pass intended for Kyi Wright
2nd&1 at APSU 34 Vincent Davis rush to APSU30 for 4 yards
1st&10 at APSU 43 Vincent Davis rush to APSU34 for 9 yards
2nd&10 at Pitt 46 Vincent Davis rush to APSU43 for 11 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 46 Kenny Pickett incomplete pass intended for Shocky Jacques-Louis
1st&10 at Pitt 30 (9:40) Kenny Pickett pass to Kyi Wright to Pitt46 for 16 yards
4th&6 at APSU 27 Cole Deeds punts 43 yards to Pitt30, Jordan Addison Fair Catch
4th&6 at APSU 27 Austin Peay Governors timeout.
3rd&1 at APSU 32 Jeremiah Oatsvall sacked at APSU27 for -5 yards
2nd&9 at APSU 24 Jeremiah Oatsvall pass to Baniko Harley to APSU32 for 8 yards
1st&10 at APSU 23 (11:56) Brian Snead rush to APSU24 for 1 yard
Kickoff Alex Kessman kicks 65 yards from Pitt35 to APSU0, Jay Parker returns to APSU23 for 23 yards
Extra Point AttemptPitt 28-0 Alex Kessman extra point is GOOD.
3rd&1 at APSU 1Pitt 27-0 Vincent Davis rush for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN
2nd&10 at APSU 10 Kenny Pickett pass to Vincent Davis to APSU1 for 9 yards
1st&10 at APSU 10 Kenny Pickett incomplete pass intended for Shocky Jacques-Louis
2nd&4 at APSU 17 Vincent Davis rush to APSU10 for 7 yards
1st&10 at APSU 23 Kenny Pickett pass to Jordan Addison to APSU17 for 6 yards
2nd&8 at APSU 48 Kenny Pickett pass to DJ Turner to APSU23 for 25 yards
1st&10 at APSU 50 Kenny Pickett pass to Jordan Addison to APSU48 for 2 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 35 (14:51) Jordan Addison rush to APSU50 for 15 yards
4th&3 at APSU 32 Cole Deeds punts 33 yards to Pitt35, Jordan Addison Fair Catch
1st Quarter
3rd&3 at APSU 32 Brian Snead rush to APSU32 for no gain
2nd&3 at APSU 32 Jeremiah Oatsvall incomplete pass
1st&10 at APSU 25 (1:36) Jeremiah Oatsvall pass to Brandon Lanier to APSU32 for 7 yards
Kickoff Alex Kessman kicks 65 yards from Pitt35 to APSU0, TOUCHBACK.
Extra Point AttemptPitt 21-0 Alex Kessman extra point is GOOD.
3rd&7 at Pitt 49Pitt 20-0 Kenny Pickett pass to DJ Turner for 51 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
2nd&10 at Pitt 46 Daniel Carter rush to Pitt49 for 3 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 46 Kenny Pickett incomplete pass intended for John Vardzel
2nd&5 at Pitt 41 Kenny Pickett pass to Jordan Addison to Pitt46 for 5 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 36 Kenny Pickett pass to Daniel Carter to Pitt41 for 5 yards
2nd&1 at Pitt 29 Daniel Carter rush to Pitt36 for 7 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 20 (3:54) DJ Turner rush to Pitt29 for 9 yards
4th&10 at Pitt 18 Grant Paulette 35 yard field goal is MISSED.
3rd&10 at Pitt 18 Jeremiah Oatsvall incomplete pass intended for Baniko Harley
2nd&10 at Pitt 18 CJ Evans Jr. rush to Pitt18 for no gain
1st&10 at Pitt 18 Jeremiah Oatsvall incomplete pass intended for DeAngelo Wilson
1st&10 at APSU 25 (5:37) Jeremiah Oatsvall pass to Baniko Harley to Pitt18 for 57 yards
Kickoff Alex Kessman kicks 65 yards from Pitt35 to APSU0, TOUCHBACK.
Extra Point AttemptPitt 14-0 Alex Kessman extra point is GOOD.
1st&6 at APSU 6Pitt 13-0 Kenny Pickett rush for 6 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at Pitt 26 (6:07) Kenny Pickett pass to Shocky Jacques-Louis to APSU6 for 68 yards
4th&10 at APSU 35 Cole Deeds punts 39 yards to Pitt26, Downed
3rd&10 at APSU 35 Jeremiah Oatsvall incomplete pass intended for DeAngelo Wilson
2nd&10 at APSU 35 Baniko Harley rush to APSU35 for no gain
1st&10 at APSU 35 Brian Snead rush to APSU35 for no gain
3rd&1 at APSU 34 Brian Snead rush to APSU35 for 1 yard
2nd&7 at APSU 28 Jeremiah Oatsvall rush to APSU34 for 6 yards
1st&10 at APSU 25 (9:18) Jeremiah Oatsvall pass to Baniko Harley to APSU28 for 3 yards
Kickoff Alex Kessman kicks 65 yards from Pitt35 to APSU0, TOUCHBACK.
Extra Point AttemptPitt 7-0 Alex Kessman extra point is GOOD.
1st&2 at APSU 2Pitt 6-0 Daniel Carter rush for 2 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
Penalty APSU-Jequaries Martin PENALIZED 2 yards for Offside
3rd&1 at APSU 6 A.J. Davis rush to APSU4 for 2 yards
2nd&4 at APSU 9 A.J. Davis rush to APSU6 for 3 yards
2nd&4 at APSU 9 Austin Peay Governors timeout.
1st&10 at APSU 15 A.J. Davis rush to APSU9 for 6 yards
2nd&2 at APSU 24 A.J. Davis rush to APSU15 for 9 yards
1st&10 at APSU 32 Kenny Pickett pass to Jordan Addison to APSU24 for 8 yards
Penalty APSU-Jau'von Young PENALIZED 5 yards for Offside
Penalty Pitt-PENALIZED -5 yards for Illegal Formation
2nd&10 at APSU 49 Kenny Pickett rush to APSU32 for 17 yards
1st&10 at APSU 49 Kenny Pickett incomplete pass intended for Jordan Addison
2nd&6 at Pitt 45 Kenny Pickett pass to Jordan Addison to APSU49 for 6 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 41 (13:03) A.J. Davis rush to Pitt45 for 4 yards
3rd&13 at APSU 36 Jeremiah Oatsvall pass intercepted by Paris Ford RETURNED from Pitt40 for 1 yard.
2nd&10 at APSU 39 Brian Snead rush to APSU36 for -3 yards
1st&10 at APSU 39 Jeremiah Oatsvall incomplete pass
2nd&1 at APSU 34 Brian Snead rush to APSU39 for 5 yards
1st&10 at APSU 25 (15:00) Jeremiah Oatsvall pass to DeAngelo Wilson to APSU34 for 9 yards
Kickoff Alex Kessman kicks 65 yards from Pitt35 to APSU0, TOUCHBACK.

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September 12, 2020


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