The importance of Pitt’s failures in the run game in their 30-29 loss to N.C. State cannot be understated as the team regroups to face Boston College Saturday at 4:05 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.
N.C. State’s rushing defense gives up 185 rushing yards per game, ranked 12th of 15 ACC teams, and Pitt only managed to gain 92 yards on the ground with 40 of those yards coming on scrambles from quarterback Kenny Pickett.
Whether or not the calls are right may not be the issue, but looking at the film does suggest there are a number of problems the line must address before it can become a dominant unit.
Pitt’s 130.5 rushing yards per game currently ranks 12th out of 15 ACC teams. But to see where its offensive line’s problems begin to mount, let’s take a closer look at the three running plays called after starting with first and goal at the one that led to turning the ball over on downs in the third quarter against N.C. State.
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