Pittsburgh, PA- The Pitt Panthers upset No. 14 Louisville Cardinals despite a halftime deficit, they scored 24 unanswered points to earn its first ACC win on the season 38-21.
The Panthers defense showed up late but just in time with an 86-yard pick six by M.J. Devonshire to kick start his team. It was a complete turnaround keeping Cardinals scoreless in the second half. Four turnovers on downs swung the momentum.
“The defense was outstanding,” Narduzzi said. “They bent but didn’t break. Three turnovers plus four fourth-down stops, that’s like seven turnovers in my opinion. The fourth-down stops were big time against an explosive offense.”
Now starter Christian Veilleux threw two touchdowns for 200 yards on 12/26 passes having a solid game under center for the Panthers. His 31-yard strike to Konata Mumpfield secured the victory with 3:03 left on the clock in the 4th quarter.
“He just made plays when he needed to,” Pitt coach Narduzzi said. “Our receivers made plays. Our offensive line did a great job. I think we gave up one sack on the day, so they did a good job protecting against that defensive line.”
Cardinals Jack Plummer threw for 350 yards on 29/52 attempts with a touchdown but two costly interceptions that were capitalized on. The running game being held under 100 yards with only 94 yards due to the strong Panthers defense.
Louisville will have a bye to regroup and host Duke Blue Devils on Saturday October 28th. The Pittsburgh will travel to Wake Forest Saturday October 21st at 12:30pm.