Jack­ets’ of­fense lim­ited in de­feat

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - SPORTS -

PITTS­BURGH — Qadree Ol­li­son ran for 91 yards and two touch­downs, and Pitts­burgh’s de­fense kept Ge­or­gia Tech’s flexbone of­fense in check dur­ing a 24-19 vic­tory Satur­day in the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence opener for both teams.

Ol­li­son scored on runs of 31 and 8 yards for the Panthers (2-1), who bounced back from an ugly blowout loss to ri­val Penn State by jump­ing on the Yellow Jack­ets (1-2) early, then hold­ing on late.

Ge­or­gia Tech quar­ter­back Ta Quon Mar­shall scored on a pair of short touch­down runs in the sec­ond half and fin­ished with a team-high 103 rush­ing yards in the triple-op­tion-heavy of­fense. He strug­gled through the air, com­plet­ing just one pass un­til his team’s fi­nal pos­ses­sion and wind­ing up 6-of-15 for 66 yards with an in­ter­cep­tion.

A week af­ter rolling up 602 yards in a loss at South Florida, the Jack­ets to­taled just 386 against the Panthers — 99 came on a last­gasp drive in the fi­nal min­utes — and did lit­tle in the first half while falling be­hind 21-0.

Jor­dan Mason added 94 yards on 10 car­ries for Tech, and B-back Qua Searcy — start­ing in place of Kir Vonte Ben­son, who’s out for the sea­son with a knee in­jury — had 38 on five car­ries in his first col­le­giate start.

Dar­rin Hall added a touch­down run for Pitt, and quar­ter­back Kenny Pick­ett was 16-of23 pass­ing for 191 yards and an in­ter­cep­tion.

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