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Pittsburgh 21, Syracuse 10

PITTSBURGH Kenny Pickett threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, and No. 25 Pittsburgh's defense did the rest as the Panthers beat Syracuse 21-10 on Saturday.

Pitt (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) limited the Orange (0-2, 0-2) to 171 total yards, 69 of them coming on backup quarterback Rex Culpepper's second-quarter touchdown strike to a streaking Taj Harris. Otherwise, Syracuse mustered very little against the Panthers' dominant front seven.

The Panthers sacked Culpepper and starter Tommy DeVito seven times, rarely letting the quarterbacks get comfortable. Still, Pitt was sloppy enough to let the Orange hang around well into the second half. The Panthers were flagged seven times for 70 yards, missed three field goals and lacked the precision they showed during an easy opening win against overmatched Austin Peay.

The game turned late in the third quarter when Pitt defensive back Paris Ford picked off a wayward screen pass by DeVito with the Orange in Panthers territory and only down four. Pickett drove Pitt 66 yards in eight plays, the final 17 on a touchdown pass over the middle to Jared Wayne.

Pickett finished 25 of 36 for 215 yards with the two scores and a third-quarter interception in Syracuse territory that cut short a promising drive. Freshman wide receiver Jordan Addison caught seven passes for 57 yards, including a 27-yard first-quarter touchdown courtesy of a pretty pass from Pickett that split two Orange defenders.

THE TAKEAWAY

Syracuse: The Orange might have a brewing quarterback controversy on their hands. Culpepper, who beat testicular cancer in 2018, provided the only splashy play on his rainbow to Harris. DeVito spent most of the afternoon running for cover against one of the nation's top defensive lines. DeVito completed 9 of 15 passes for 32 yards and a pick while Culpepper went 4 of 9 for 88 yards and the score.

Pitt: The defense appears to be every bit as good as coach Pat Narduzzi expected. The long pass to Harris was a hiccup in an otherwise dominant performance. The offense, however, remains a bit of a mystery. The running back situation remains unclear heading into the teeth of a schedule that figures to get considerably tougher as the weeks pass.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Panthers probably did enough to justify sneaking into the rankings last week but don't expect much upward movement until they have success against a team with a bit of a pedigree. No. 18 Louisville provides that opportunity next week.

UP NEXT

Syracuse: The Orange welcome Georgia Tech to the Carrier Dome for the first time next Saturday when the Yellow Jackets visit.

Pitt: Continues a stretch of four straight home games to open the season when the Cardinals visit Heinz Field next Saturday. The former Big East rivals have met just once since Louisville joined the ACC, a 45-34 Panthers victory in 2015.

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  Syracuse Pittsburgh
First downs 10 23
  Rushing 6 8
  Passing 3 11
  Penalty 1 4
3rd Down Efficiency 2-14, 14% 6-15, 40%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 34-51 44-127
Passing Yards 120 215
Return Yards 89 -6
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-24-1 25-36-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 7--40 3--13
Punts 6 4
Punts-Average 43.8 39.3
Fumbles Lost 1-1 3-1
Penalties - Yards 5-53 7-70
Time of Possession 25:30 34:30
Syracuse Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Culpepper 4 9 88 1 0
T. DeVito 9 15 32 0 1
Pittsburgh Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Pickett 25 36 215 2 1
Syracuse Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Jordan 13 40 3.1 0
S. Tucker 4 23 5.8 0
M. Pierre 1 0 0.0 0
R. Culpepper 2 -1 -0.5 0
T. DeVito 14 -11 -0.8 0
Pittsburgh Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
V. Davis 18 53 2.9 0
A. Davis 11 37 3.4 0
J. Addison 3 24 8.0 0
T. Sibley Jr. 2 17 8.5 0
D. Carter 2 15 7.5 0
K. Pickett 5 -8 -1.6 1
Syracuse Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Harris 3 72 24.0 1
A. Queeley 3 18 6.0 0
C. Jackson 3 15 5.0 0
N. Johnson 3 13 4.3 0
M. Pierre 1 2 2.0 0
Pittsburgh Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Wayne 5 59 11.8 1
J. Addison 7 57 8.1 1
D. Turner 5 48 9.6 0
S. Jacques-Louis 3 27 9.0 0
V. Davis 2 26 13.0 0
L. Krull 1 6 6.0 0
K. Wright 1 2 2.0 0
A. Davis 1 -10 -10.0 0
Syracuse Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Jones 1 12
Pittsburgh Interceptions
Player Int Yards
P. Ford 1 0
Syracuse Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Cooney 6 263 43.8
Pittsburgh Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Christodoulou 4 157 39.3
Syracuse Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Johnson 2 25 12.5
Pittsburgh Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Addison 1 -6 -6.0
Syracuse Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Johnson 2 30 15.0
J. Jordan 1 22 22.0
Pittsburgh Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Syracuse Missed FG
Player Length
Pittsburgh Missed FG
Player Length
A. Kessman 37
A. Kessman 45


4th Quarter
2nd&11 at Syr 42 TEAM rush to Syr43 for -1 yards
1st&10 at Syr 41 TEAM rush to Syr42 for -1 yards
2nd&4 at Syr 46 Vincent Davis rush to Syr41 for 5 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 48 Vincent Davis rush to Syr46 for 6 yards
3rd&2 at Pitt 43 Vincent Davis rush to Pitt48 for 5 yards
2nd&6 at Pitt 39 Vincent Davis rush to Pitt43 for 4 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 35 (4:16) Vincent Davis rush to Pitt39 for 4 yards
4th&6 at Pitt 35 Rex Culpepper incomplete pass intended for Courtney Jackson
4th&6 at Pitt 35 Pittsburgh Panthers timeout.
3rd&6 at Pitt 35 Rex Culpepper incomplete pass intended for Courtney Jackson
2nd&10 at Pitt 39 Rex Culpepper pass to Courtney Jackson to Pitt35 for 4 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 39 (5:06) Rex Culpepper incomplete pass intended for Nykeim Johnson
4th&6 at Pitt 10 Kirk Christodoulou punts 37 yards to Pitt47, Nykeim Johnson returns to Pitt39 for 8 yards
3rd&9 at Pitt 7 Kenny Pickett rush to Pitt10 for 3 yards
2nd&11 at Pitt 5 Vincent Davis rush to Pitt7 for 2 yards
2nd&11 at Pitt 5 Pittsburgh Panthers timeout.
1st&10 at Pitt 6 (7:23) Vincent Davis rush to Pitt5 for -1 yards
4th&6 at Syr 41 Nolan Cooney punts 53 yards to Pitt6, Downed
3rd&12 at Syr 35 Rex Culpepper pass to Anthony Queeley to Syr41 for 6 yards
2nd&12 at Syr 35 Rex Culpepper incomplete pass intended for Anthony Queeley
1st&10 at Syr 37 Jawhar Jordan rush to Syr35 for -2 yards
Penalty Pitt-Bangally Kamara PENALIZED 15 yards for Personal Foul
3rd&8 at Syr 29 Tommy DeVito sacked at Syr22 for -7 yards
2nd&8 at Syr 29 Tommy DeVito rush to Syr29 for no gain
1st&10 at Syr 27 (10:44) Tommy DeVito pass to Anthony Queeley to Syr29 for 2 yards
4th&3 at Syr 26 Alex Kessman 45 yard field goal is MISSED.
3rd&7 at Syr 30 Kenny Pickett pass to Jared Wayne to Syr26 for 4 yards
2nd&8 at Syr 31 Kenny Pickett pass to DJ Turner to Syr30 for 1 yard
1st&10 at Syr 33 (12:34) Jordan Addison rush to Syr31 for 2 yards
Penalty Pitt-Deslin Alexandre PENALIZED -15 yards for Unsports. Conduct
3rd&11 at Syr 19 Jawhar Jordan rush to Syr16 for -3 yards. Jawhar Jordan FUMBLES, recovered at Syr18 by Deslin Alexandre RETURNED for 0 yards.
2nd&6 at Syr 24 Tommy DeVito sacked at Syr19 for -5 yards
1st&10 at Syr 20 (13:32) Tommy DeVito pass to Courtney Jackson to Syr24 for 4 yards
4th&10 at Pitt 40 Kirk Christodoulou punts 40 yards to Syr20, Nykeim Johnson Fair Catch
3rd&10 at Pitt 40 Kenny Pickett incomplete pass intended for Lucas Krull
2nd&9 at Pitt 41 A.J. Davis rush to Pitt40 for -1 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 40 (14:53) A.J. Davis rush to Pitt41 for 1 yard
4th&8 at Syr 16 Nolan Cooney punts 44 yards to Pitt40, Jordan Addison Fair Catch
3rd Quarter
3rd&10 at Syr 14 Tommy DeVito pass to Markenzy Pierre to Syr16 for 2 yards
2nd&10 at Syr 14 Tommy DeVito incomplete pass
1st&10 at Syr 14 (0:54) Markenzy Pierre rush to Syr14 for no gain
Kickoff Alex Kessman kicks 65 yards from Pitt35 to Syr0, Nykeim Johnson returns to Syr14 for 14 yards
Extra Point AttemptPitt 21-10 Alex Kessman extra point is GOOD.
2nd&3 at Syr 17Pitt 20-10 Kenny Pickett pass to Jared Wayne for 17 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at Syr 24 Kenny Pickett pass to Vincent Davis to Syr17 for 7 yards
2nd&15 at Syr 49 Kenny Pickett pass to Jared Wayne to Syr24 for 25 yards
1st&20 at Pitt 46 Kenny Pickett pass to Jared Wayne to Syr49 for 5 yards
Penalty Pitt-Jake Kradel PENALIZED -10 yards for Holding
2nd&7 at Pitt 37 Kenny Pickett pass to Vincent Davis to Syr44 for 19 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 34 Vincent Davis rush to Pitt37 for 3 yards
Penalty Pitt-Bryce Hargrove PENALIZED -15 yards for Personal Foul
2nd&6 at Pitt 38 Vincent Davis rush to Pitt49 for 11 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 34 (4:39) Todd Sibley Jr. rush to Pitt38 for 4 yards
3rd&11 at Pitt 35 Tommy DeVito pass intercepted by Paris Ford RETURNED from Pitt34 for no gain.
2nd&11 at Pitt 35 Tommy DeVito incomplete pass intended for Taj Harris
1st&10 at Pitt 34 Sean Tucker rush to Pitt35 for -1 yards
2nd&9 at Pitt 46 Sean Tucker rush to Pitt34 for 12 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 47 Jawhar Jordan rush to Pitt46 for 1 yard
2nd&8 at Syr 44 Tommy DeVito rush to Pitt47 for 9 yards
1st&10 at Syr 42 Jawhar Jordan rush to Syr44 for 2 yards
2nd&6 at Syr 34 Jawhar Jordan rush to Syr42 for 8 yards
1st&10 at Syr 30 (7:53) Jawhar Jordan rush to Syr34 for 4 yards
2nd&8 at Syr 20 Kenny Pickett pass intercepted by Mikel Jones RETURNED from Syr18 for 12 yards.
1st&10 at Syr 22 Vincent Davis rush to Syr20 for 2 yards
2nd&10 at Syr 35 Jordan Addison rush to Syr22 for 13 yards
1st&10 at Syr 35 Vincent Davis rush to Syr35 for no gain
Penalty Syr-Garrett Williams PENALIZED 8 yards for Pass Interference
3rd&7 at Syr 46 Kenny Pickett pass to Shocky Jacques-Louis to Syr43 for 3 yards
2nd&7 at Syr 46 Kenny Pickett incomplete pass intended for Lucas Krull
1st&10 at Syr 49 (11:20) Vincent Davis rush to Syr46 for 3 yards
4th&3 at Pitt 44 Tommy DeVito sacked at Syr49 for -7 yards
3rd&8 at Pitt 49 Tommy DeVito rush to Pitt44 for 5 yards
2nd&13 at Syr 46 Jawhar Jordan rush to Pitt49 for 5 yards
1st&10 at Syr 49 Tommy DeVito pass to Taj Harris to Syr46 for -3 yards
2nd&6 at Syr 39 Jawhar Jordan rush to Syr49 for 10 yards
1st&10 at Syr 35 (14:03) Jawhar Jordan rush to Syr39 for 4 yards
4th&7 at Pitt 28 Kirk Christodoulou punts 37 yards to Syr35, Out of Bounds
3rd&7 at Pitt 28 Kenny Pickett incomplete pass intended for Jared Wayne
2nd&10 at Pitt 25 Kenny Pickett pass to Jordan Addison to Pitt28 for 3 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 25 (15:00) Kenny Pickett incomplete pass
Kickoff Nolan Cooney kicks 65 yards from Syr35 to Pitt0, TOUCHBACK.
2nd Quarter
4th&12 at Syr 28 TEAM rush to Syr37 for -9 yards
4th&12 at Syr 28 Pittsburgh Panthers timeout.
3rd&18 at Syr 34 Kenny Pickett pass to Jordan Addison to Syr28 for 6 yards
3rd&18 at Syr 34 Pittsburgh Panthers timeout.
2nd&11 at Syr 27 Kenny Pickett sacked at Syr35 for -8 yards. Kenny Pickett FUMBLES (FF-Tyrell Richards), recovered at Syr34 by Kenny Pickett RETURNED for 0 yards.
1st&10 at Syr 26 Kenny Pickett pass to Jordan Addison to Syr27 for -1 yards
4th&4 at Syr 37 Kenny Pickett pass to Shocky Jacques-Louis to Syr26 for 11 yards
3rd&4 at Syr 37 Kenny Pickett incomplete pass intended for Vincent Davis
2nd&8 at Syr 41 Vincent Davis rush to Syr37 for 4 yards
1st&10 at Syr 43 Kenny Pickett pass to Kyi Wright to Syr41 for 2 yards
Penalty Syr-Stefon Thompson PENALIZED 15 yards for Roughing Passer
Penalty Syr-Ifeatu Melifonwu PENALIZED 15 yards for Pass Interference
2nd&20 at Pitt 13 Vincent Davis rush to Pitt27 for 14 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 23 (3:16) Kenny Pickett pass to A.J. Davis to Pitt13 for -10 yards
4th&10 at Syr 22 Nolan Cooney punts 49 yards to Pitt29, Jordan Addison returns to Pitt23 for -6 yards
3rd&10 at Syr 22 Rex Culpepper rush to Syr22 for no gain
2nd&10 at Syr 22 Rex Culpepper incomplete pass intended for Nykeim Johnson
1st&10 at Syr 22 (5:06) Jawhar Jordan rush to Syr22 for no gain
Kickoff Alex Kessman kicks 65 yards from Pitt35 to Syr0, Jawhar Jordan returns to Syr22 for 22 yards
Extra Point AttemptPitt 14-10 Alex Kessman extra point is GOOD.
3rd&1 at Syr 1Pitt 13-10 Kenny Pickett rush for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN
2nd&4 at Syr 4 A.J. Davis rush to Syr1 for 3 yards
1st&6 at Syr 6 Kenny Pickett pass to Jordan Addison to Syr4 for 2 yards
3rd&10 at Syr 18 Kenny Pickett pass to Jordan Addison to Syr6 for 12 yards
3rd&10 at Syr 18 Syracuse Orange timeout.
3rd&10 at Syr 18 Pittsburgh Panthers timeout.
2nd&10 at Syr 18 Kenny Pickett incomplete pass intended for A.J. Davis
1st&10 at Syr 18 Kenny Pickett incomplete pass intended for A.J. Davis
Penalty Syr-Trill Williams PENALIZED 10 yards for Holding
3rd&1 at Syr 33 A.J. Davis rush to Syr28 for 5 yards
2nd&5 at Syr 37 A.J. Davis rush to Syr33 for 4 yards
1st&10 at Syr 42 Kenny Pickett pass to DJ Turner to Syr37 for 5 yards
2nd&1 at Syr 44 A.J. Davis rush to Syr42 for 2 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 47 A.J. Davis rush to Syr44 for 9 yards
3rd&4 at Pitt 41 Kenny Pickett pass to Lucas Krull to Pitt47 for 6 yards
2nd&9 at Pitt 36 Kenny Pickett pass to DJ Turner to Pitt41 for 5 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 35 (10:33) A.J. Davis rush to Pitt36 for 1 yard
Kickoff Nolan Cooney kicks 56 yards from Syr35 to Pitt9, Out of Bounds
Extra Point AttemptSyr 10-7 Andre Szmyt extra point is GOOD.
3rd&11 at Syr 31Syr 9-7 Rex Culpepper pass to Taj Harris for 69 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
2nd&20 at Syr 22 Rex Culpepper pass to Nykeim Johnson to Syr31 for 9 yards
1st&10 at Syr 32 Tommy DeVito sacked at Syr22 for -10 yards
2nd&2 at Syr 28 Sean Tucker rush to Syr32 for 4 yards
1st&10 at Syr 20 (12:44) Sean Tucker rush to Syr28 for 8 yards
4th&3 at Syr 19 Alex Kessman 37 yard field goal is MISSED.
3rd&11 at Syr 27 A.J. Davis rush to Syr19 for 8 yards
2nd&7 at Syr 23 Kenny Pickett sacked at Syr27 for -4 yards. Kenny Pickett FUMBLES (FF-Stefon Thompson), recovered at Syr27 by Kenny Pickett RETURNED for 0 yards.
1st&15 at Syr 31 Kenny Pickett pass to Jared Wayne to Syr23 for 8 yards
1st&10 at Syr 26 Pitt-Bryce Hargrove PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
1st&10 at Syr 39 Todd Sibley Jr. rush to Syr26 for 13 yards
1st Quarter
1st&10 at Pitt 41 Kenny Pickett pass to DJ Turner to Syr39 for 20 yards
2nd&1 at Pitt 39 A.J. Davis rush to Pitt41 for 2 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 30 (1:02) Jordan Addison rush to Pitt39 for 9 yards
4th&17 at Syr 39 Nolan Cooney punts 31 yards to Pitt30, Out of Bounds
3rd&13 at Syr 43 Tommy DeVito sacked at Syr39 for -4 yards
2nd&10 at Syr 46 Tommy DeVito sacked at Syr43 for -3 yards
1st&10 at Syr 46 Tommy DeVito incomplete pass intended for Nykeim Johnson
2nd&4 at Syr 40 Tommy DeVito pass to Taj Harris to Syr46 for 6 yards
1st&10 at Syr 34 Tommy DeVito pass to Nykeim Johnson to Syr40 for 6 yards
2nd&6 at Syr 24 Tommy DeVito rush to Syr34 for 10 yards
1st&10 at Syr 20 (4:12) Jawhar Jordan rush to Syr24 for 4 yards
Kickoff Alex Kessman kicks 61 yards from Pitt35 to Syr4, Nykeim Johnson returns to Syr20 for 16 yards
Extra Point AttemptPitt 7-3 Alex Kessman extra point is GOOD.
1st&10 at Syr 27Pitt 6-3 Kenny Pickett pass to Jordan Addison for 27 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
2nd&10 at Syr 40 Kenny Pickett pass to Shocky Jacques-Louis to Syr27 for 13 yards
1st&10 at Syr 40 Kenny Pickett incomplete pass intended for Lucas Krull
2nd&7 at Pitt 43 Kenny Pickett pass to DJ Turner to Syr40 for 17 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 40 A.J. Davis rush to Pitt43 for 3 yards
2nd&1 at Pitt 34 Daniel Carter rush to Pitt40 for 6 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 25 (6:08) Daniel Carter rush to Pitt34 for 9 yards
Kickoff Nolan Cooney kicks 65 yards from Syr35 to Pitt0, TOUCHBACK.
4th&4 at Pitt 8Syr 3-0 Andre Szmyt 26 yard field goal is GOOD.
3rd&3 at Pitt 7 Rex Culpepper rush to Pitt8 for -1 yards
2nd&3 at Pitt 7 Tommy DeVito rush to Pitt7 for no gain
1st&10 at Pitt 14 (7:50) Tommy DeVito pass to Courtney Jackson to Pitt7 for 7 yards
2nd&13 at Pitt 27 Vincent Davis rush to Pitt21 for -6 yards. Vincent Davis FUMBLES, recovered at Pitt14 by Mikel Jones RETURNED for 0 yards.
1st&10 at Pitt 30 Vincent Davis rush to Pitt27 for -3 yards
3rd&8 at Pitt 22 Kenny Pickett pass to Jordan Addison to Pitt30 for 8 yards
2nd&11 at Pitt 19 Vincent Davis rush to Pitt22 for 3 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 20 (9:36) Kenny Pickett sacked at Pitt19 for -1 yards
4th&14 at Pitt 39 Nolan Cooney punts 39 yards to Pitt0, TOUCHBACK.
3rd&10 at Pitt 35 Tommy DeVito sacked at Pitt39 for -4 yards
3rd&5 at Pitt 30 Syr-Matthew Bergeron PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
2nd&11 at Pitt 36 Jawhar Jordan rush to Pitt30 for 6 yards
1st&10 at Pitt 35 (11:46) Jawhar Jordan rush to Pitt36 for -1 yards
4th&11 at Pitt 9 Kirk Christodoulou punts 43 yards to Syr48, Nykeim Johnson returns to Pitt35 for 17 yards
Penalty Pitt-PENALIZED -5 yards for Kickoff OOB
3rd&6 at Pitt 14 Kenny Pickett incomplete pass intended for Jordan Addison
2nd&6 at Pitt 14 Kenny Pickett incomplete pass intended for Jordan Addison
1st&10 at Pitt 10 (12:40) Vincent Davis rush to Pitt14 for 4 yards
4th&3 at Syr 43 Nolan Cooney punts 47 yards to Pitt10, Out of Bounds
3rd&3 at Syr 43 Tommy DeVito incomplete pass intended for Anthony Queeley
Penalty Pitt-SirVocea Dennis PENALIZED 5 yards for Offside
2nd&12 at Syr 34 Tommy DeVito rush to Syr38 for 4 yards
1st&10 at Syr 36 Tommy DeVito pass to Nykeim Johnson to Syr34 for -2 yards
3rd&9 at Syr 26 Tommy DeVito pass to Anthony Queeley to Syr36 for 10 yards
2nd&10 at Syr 25 Tommy DeVito rush to Syr26 for 1 yard
1st&10 at Syr 25 (15:00) Tommy DeVito incomplete pass intended for Nykeim Johnson
Kickoff Alex Kessman kicks 65 yards from Pitt35 to Syr0, TOUCHBACK.

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September 19, 2020


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