Pittsburgh defeats Syracuse in FBS historical game, 76-61

Posted on Nov 26 2016 - 8:33pm by Rachael McKriger
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The Pittsburgh Panthers and the Syracuse Orange football teams made history in the FBS in Saturday afternoon. With a total combined 137 points, Syracuse and Pitt made history by having the highest scoring game in FBS history.

The Panthers were able to claim the win on Senior Day. Quarterback Nate Peterman, one of 21 seniors for the Panthers, threw four touchdowns, and rushed for one touchdown, in the win. Peterman completed 9/18 passes for 251 yards. Catching Peterman’s touchdowns were Jester Weah (2), Dontez Ford and James Conner. Peterman rushed for 79 yards on six carries.

Also rushing the ball for the Panthers was Conner. Conner carried the ball 19 times for 115 yards. During the game, he surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for this season, making it his second season doing so. Conner found the end zone twice against the Syracuse defense.

On the other offensive side, Syracuse started backup quarterback Zach Mohney. Mohney threw for five touchdowns and rushed for two touchdowns. He completed 43/61 passes for 440 yards. Catching all five of his touchdown passes was wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo. Mohney also rushed the ball 13 times for 49 yards.

Syracuse also earned touchdowns from both Moe Neal and Dontae Strickland. Neal led the two running backs in yards with 91 on eight carries. Strickland carried the ball 20 times for 63 yards.

On the Panthers defense, freshman Dane Jackson recorded an interception against Mahoney. Jackson ran the interception back 20 yards for a Panthers touchdown. Leading the defense in tackles was Reggie Mitchell with 14. Following close behind with double-digit tackles were Matt Galambos (13), Terrish Webb (11) and Ryan Lewis (10).

Mitchell and Jeremiah Taleni both teamed up for a sack on Mahoney, while Shakir Soto and Ejuan Price recorded their own solo sacks.

As for Syracuse, Corey Winfield recorded one interception against Peterman, but failed to find the end zone. No Syracuse defensive player got a sack on Peterman, but Parris Bennett led the defense in tackles with eight.

What’s Next?

According to Pitt’s official website, here is what the Panthers can expect to happen next. “Likely played its way into an upper-tier ACC bowl thanks to a resume that includes wins over Clemson and Penn State,” the website reads.

Photo of the Pittsburgh Panthers courtesy of Charles LeClaire-USA Today Sports.

Photo of the Pittsburgh Panthers courtesy of Charles LeClaire-USA Today Sports.

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