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Peterman emerges at quarterback as Pitt beats Akron

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The ‪Pitt‬ defense held Akron to 110 total yards, Nate Peterman played the entire second half at quarterback and the Panthers beat Akron 24-7.

The Panthers almost tripled the Zips in total yards, 307-110, and held the ball for 37 minutes compared to 22 minutes for Akron. The Zips had just eight first downs while the Panthers had 21.

Panthers freshman running back Quadree Ollison rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown despite two minor leg injuries that caused him to leave the field.

Receiver Tyler Boyd returned from a one game suspension with 11 catches for 95 yards, while Peterman -- who entered the game as the back-up to returning starter Cghad Voytik -- completed 12 of 17 attempts for 148 yards in the victory.

The Zips took a 7-3 lead on Conor Hundley's 32-yard scoring run midway through the second quarter, but Peterman found tight end J.P. Holtz for a touchdown with 44 seconds left in the first half to put Pitt in front for good. Peterman took over with 2:35 left and marched the Panthers 71 yards on eight plays, completing 4-4 passes and adding a 17-yard scramble.

Ollison scored in from 2 yards out in the third to extend the Panthers' advantage to 17-7, while true freshman Darrin Hall closed out the scoring with a 5-yard TD run with 2:51 left in the fourth.

Zips sophomore quarterback Tra'Von Chapman, who spent a semester at Pitt before being dismissed from the program, went 4 for 14 passing for 29 yards.

Akron upset the Panthers last year at Heinz Field on September 27th behind 148 yards from Hundley. The Zips managed nearly 40 yards less than that as a team in this contest.

The Panthers will play away again at Iowa on September 19th at 8:00 p.m.

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