The Huskies were looking to go up 31-10 with just under five minutes left when Chandler Whitmer was picked off in the end zone, to which Pitt promptly turned around and marched 80 yards in nine plays to pull within 24-17 with 2 minutes, 46 seconds to play…
“The interception at the end was an aggressive call. That was, to me, as aggressive a call as I’ve ever made in my life. Logic would say you run the ball and kick the field goal but I knew, we knew, we had them in that formation and we knew exactly what we were going to get and didn’t execute the play,” DeLeone said.
“That’s the story of our life – the consistency needed to knock a team out, we haven’t shown it. We’ve got to do it – bottom line we’ve got to do it. We haven’t had the consistency enough to knock a team out. We have let a lot of teams hang around. We show moments of brilliance and then we have plays like that last play.”
When the Huskies got the ball back and gained just three yards on first and second down Pitt burned its last timeout with 2:32 to go and the Huskies facing a third-and-7 at their own 28. The Huskies went aggressive again and elected to put the ball in the air again. The pass was complete. The win was saved. If the Huskies don’t convert it’s a problem – but they did, bottom line and won a game they needed to win.
“Speaking of last plays, one of the best plays we had all year was that throw to Shak Phillips there at the end to end the game,” DeLeone said. “That was as good a play as we had all year. Chandler hung in there, guys at his feet. He threw the ball. Shak made a catch, pressure was on. Who knows what would happen if we didn’t make that first down… the way our season has gone? When I say that’s a big play there’s moments we’ve shown those kinds of things but the consistency to knock a team out we have not done it to date. We’ve got two more games where we’re going to be under duress but we’ve got to get it done.”