Since joining the ACC in 2013, Pitt has never finished higher than a solo second (2015) in the Coastal division. With two games left in the 2018 regular season, the Panthers are on the precipice of program history.
A 17-0 lead one minute into the second quarter morphed into a 31-7 advantage for Pitt on Virginia Tech heading into the halftime locker room in Pittsburgh. Over the last 30 minutes, not much changed as the Panthers kept their cleats on the Hokies’ throats in cruising to a 52-22 win.
Coming off a 229-yard effort in the win over Virginia last weekend, Darin Hall ran for 186 yards (on seven carries) to help lead a Pitt rushing attack that put up a whopping 492 yards (ypc) and six touchdowns on 34 carries. Hall wasn’t the Panthers’ leading rusher, though, as Qadree Ollison ripped off 235 yards (on 16 carries) as well as three touchdowns on the ground. One of those three scores came on a 97-yard run.
The 654 yards of offense for the Panthers were the most ever given up by a Bud Foster defense.
With the win, the Panthers moved to 5-1 in ACC play and within one win of clinching its first-ever Coastal title. If Pitt beats either Wake Forest on the road next Saturday or Miami on the road the week after, they would face either No. 2 Clemson or No. 17 Boston College in the ACC title game the first Saturday of December.
Losses in each of those games, though, combined with wins by Virginia (4-2) over Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech would put the Cavaliers in the conference championship game. Pitt owns the head-to-head edge on UVa. by virtue of a 23-13 win Nov. 2
Clemson, incidentally, will claim the ACC Atlantic crown and a berth in the title game with a win over Boston College later on tonight.