Pitt fell to Boston College in the regular season finale 26-19 last Saturday at Heinz Field. Quarterback Kenny Pickett completed 30 of 40 passes for 323 yards and an interception against the Eagles. The Pitt defense had one of their few mortal games of the season, allowing 178 yards and a touchdown on the ground to Eagles' running back AJ Dillon.
Chris' takeaway was that the issues that plagued Pitt in their let down against BC were they same problems they have dealt with all season. Sloppiness has been a problem all year, and Saturday was no different. The Panthers suffered multiple false start penalties and dropped passes, which continued to stifle their offense as they have all season.
Cale's takeaway was that an anemic Pitt offense was not able to turn things around and capitalize on a weak, porous BC defense. The Eagles came into Saturday's matchup as one of the worst defenses in the entire country, especially against the pass. Cale believed this set up a perfect scenario for the pass-happy Panthers to find some success, but that unfortunately never happened. They were able to move the football, but they still struggled to finish drives with touchdowns, scoring just one and settling for four field goals on the day.
Chris and Cale agree that it was a season for missed opportunities for the Panthers. Following their win at Syracuse, Pitt was 5-2, and looked to be well on their way to a special season. But that was not the case, as they lost three of their last five games to close the season, including the disappointing losses to Miami and BC. Instead of a potential 9 or 10-win season, the Panthers finished the year at 7-5. Pitt will look to salvage the season by attempting to win their first bowl game under head coach Pat Narduzzi.
The Panthers will find out their bowl game destination on Sunday, Dec. 8th following Conference Championship week.
With the regular season over and the team awaiting their bowl assignment, it has been a crucial recruiting time for the Pitt coaching staff. Narduzzi and his assistants have been everywhere the past week making in-home visits with Pitt recruits. The Panthers are attempting to complete their most-talented recruiting class yet under Narduzzi, which is currently ranked 41st in the nation according to Rivals.com.