Narduzzi embracing a QB Controversy

TAKEAWAY’S FROM PITT’S 24-7 WIN

Chad Voytik making his 15th consecutive start for the Panthers didn’t get to finish the game as the Panthers starter.

With the Panthers trailing 7-3, head coach Pat Narduzzi turned to Nate Peterman with 2:35 left in the second quarter and Peterman ran with the opportunity from there.

Peterman led the Panthers on an 8 play, 73 yard scoring drive, connecting with J.P. Holtz for an 18 yard touchdown pass as the Panthers went into the half leading 10-7.

In the second half Qadree Ollison would add a touchdown run and Darrin Hall scored from five yards out late in the fourth quarter as the Panthers scored the final 21 points in the game.

The big story was Peterman who jump started the Pitt offense with the late score in the second quarter.

Running the two-minute offense, Peterman completed passes of 14, 11, 9 yards, then scrambled for 17 yards that setup the 18 yard touchdown pass to Holtz. It was Peterman’s first career touchdown pass, and Holtz’ eighth career TD reception.

Peterman was 12/17 for 148 yards and a touchdown. Voytik was efficient going 6/8 for 32 yards, but averaged just 4 yards per attempt and Pitt found their rhythm with Peterman.

What changed with Peterman is Pitt started to play with more tempo immediately.

“I just thought he ran the team better,” Narduzzi said of Peterman.

Narduzzi said afterwards that Pitt has “two good quarterbacks” and he didn’t know who would start next week at Iowa. The first year coach feels it’s a good problem to have.

“It’s great,” Narduzzi said. Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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