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Defense, running game leads Pitt over Virginia Tech

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The defense dominated early, Chad Voytik ran for 118 yards and Pitt snapped a three-game losing skid with a 21-16 win over Virginia Tech at Heinz Field Thursday night.

The Pitt Panthers outplayed their ACC counterpart Virginia Tech on Thursday night in a 21-16 victory, breaking their three-game losing streak in the process.

Despite a late rally from Virginia Tech, the Panthers were able to hold on after a crucial defensive stop with less than two minutes to go.

The Hokies scored with just over four minutes to go and chose to kick the ball back to Pitt, which quickly handed the possession over to Virginia Tech after a three and out.

Pitt got off to a fast start after their extra week of preparation, as quarterback Chad Voytik threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyler Boyd halfway through the first quarter.

The throw was a welcomed site for Pitt, as Voytik’s growing pains in his first year as starter have been evident during the Panthers recent losing streak. The sophomore was unimpressive in his last two outings, including a lackluster performance at home against Akron.

Boyd was noticeably agitated on the field during the loss to Akron. While he was targeted several times, the Panthers were unable to get the ball in his hands in space so he could make a real impact on the game.

Equally as impressive in the win was the Panthers’ running game, which racked up a total of 210 yards. The 200-plus yard effort was reminiscent of Pitt’s first three games of the season, in which they dominated on the ground.

Voytik contributed over 100 yards to the total, and surprisingly led the team in rushing, surpassing James Connors’ 85 yard display.

The win propels Pitt to 2-1 in the ACC and 4-3 overall.

The Panthers look to improve to 3-1 in conference play as they take on Georgia Tech next Saturday at home. A win would put Pitt in prime position to make a run at the ACC Coastal division title.



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