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Two Things I Liked, Two Things I Didn’t Like: Post-Pitt Edition

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That was not fun!

NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at Penn State Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

I LIKED...

1. Noah Cain’s Semi-Breakout Performance

Noah Cain received carries on one series during the game. These were his runs:

  • 4 yards
  • 3 yards
  • 9 yards
  • 7 yards
  • 4 yards
  • 13 yards (touchdown)

This might just show how sad the state of affairs are with Penn State’s running game, but I am turned on by 3-yard runs at this point. A whole three yards! On one run! Every single carry! Wow!

More Cain, please.

2. Pat Narduzzi Being A Dumb-Dumb On The Goal Line

It is a fitting end to this dumb series that Pat Narduzzi went out with one of the worst coaching decisions (plural!) of all time.

  • First and goal from the one, and he never runs with his running back.
  • Down 17-10 with under 5 minutes left, he decides to kick a 19 yard field goal, even though his team still would need a touchdown to win.
  • Pitt’s kicker Alex Kessman doinks the field goal.
  • After the game, Narduzzi argues that his team needed “two scores” to win the game, perhaps not realizing that two-point conversion attempts are still legal.

There are not a lot of coaches who could have pulled that off, but Narduzzi did. Thank you, Narduzzi. Thank you.

I DIDN’T LIKE...

1. The Defensive Line’s Inability To Get Home

Kenny Pickett dropped back to pass 51 times on Saturday. Penn State’s defensive ends — Yetur Gross-Matos, Jayson Oweh, Shane Simmons, and Shaka Toney — combined for one sack, made by Shaka in the fourth quarter. The defensive tackles — Robert Windsor, PJ Mustipher, Antonio Shelton, Fred Hansard, and Damion Barber — combined for zero sacks.

For a unit that was deemed one of the better groups in the Big Ten going into the season, there’s really no viable explanation for why the defensive line could only generate 1 sack against a weak Pitt offensive line. At some point, the talent needs to takeover, but it never truly did on the pass rush front on Saturday.

2. Pretty Much The Entire Offense

I get that this is a rather green offense, but like... things shouldn’t be this difficult. One of the things I talked about before the season was the process being just as important as the result. And let me tell you this: the process of watching this offense sucks. Can’t consistently run the ball, an inability to get into manageable third downs, and just a lack of tried-and-true identity-type plays.

Against real legitimate programs, this team can’t expect to score 17 points and win the game. A lot to work on during the bye week, folks.