Pitt beats Wake for ACC title game berth
Coach Pat Narduzzi wasn’t worried about a jinx. The Pitt coach had his equipment staff to bring the commemorative ACC caps and T-shirts all the way from Pittsburgh.
“I said, ‘Get them. It’s going to happen,’ ” Narduzzi said.
It did happen – thanks to Kenny Pickett’s career day.
Pickett threw a careerbest three touchdown passes, all in the second half, and Pittsburgh beat Wake Forest 34-13 on Saturday to clinch its first berth in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
“Everyone knows this is a special group,” Pickett said. “Honestly, we show it every week. We play with the kind of heart and toughness that I don’t think is seen very often in this day and age in football.”
Pickett finished 23 of 30 for a career-high 316 yards with scoring passes of 4 yards to Rafael AraujoJones, 63 yards to Taysir Mack and 23 yards to Maurice Ffrench.
Darrin Hall had a 2-yard touchdown run and left tackle Stefano Millin added a late 6-yard scoring run for the Panthers ( 7-4, 6-1), who won their fourth straight – their longest winning streak in two years. They will play in their first title game since joining the league in 2013, taking on No. 2 Clemson on Dec. 1 in Charlotte.
As the final seconds ticked away, Narduzzi received a victory bath.