Did Pittsburgh and Duke Play Basketball On a Football Field?

9/21/13 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   61 respect

Sep 21, 2013; Durham, NC, USA;  Duke Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe (right) watches a replay during the first half against the Pitt Panthers at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY SportsIn what was undoubtedly one of the craziest games of the weekend, the Pitt Panthers went into Cameron Indoor Stadium and knocked off the Duke Blue Devils by a final of 58-55 on a three-point jumper at the buzzer. 

Coach Mike Krzyzewski declined to comment following the tough home loss.

Wait....what's that? They were playing football? Really?!

Really, folks. This game was wild and crazy, which was pretty much the exact opposite from what we expected from this low-key ACC contest.

With 9:24 left in the second quarter, Pitt had already put up a 30-spot, while Duke was lagging behind with only 14 points. By the end of the half it was 37-28, and going into the fourth it was 51-35. 

Coach K probably would have been fine with holding the Panthers to 58 points in a loss. However, David Cutcliffe likely doesn't feel the same way about his team's defensive performance on the field today. 

Pitt racked up 528 yards of total offense, with quarterback Tom Savage (not to be confused with Macho Man Randy Savage or Fred Savage) leading the way through the air with 424 yards and six touchdowns. Savage only had 437 yards passing through two games on the season entering this one. That's saying something.

When you score 55 points in a football game and still don't win, you're going to scratch your head a little bit.

The Blue Devils had to battle not only against the efficiency of the Pitt offense, but also four turnovers made by their own offense. More specifically, interceptions.
 Junior quarterback Brandon Connette threw four of them, and you have to wonder what might have been had they not had so many miscues in the passing game. 

On the other side of the coin, when you score 58 points in a football game and only win by a field goal, there's an equal amount of head scratching to be done.

Connette still had success in the aerial attack, throwing for four touchdowns. And Jameson Crowder was spectacular as he ran back a punt for a score, rushed for a score, and caught a pass for a score. Not a bad day's work there.

So basically, it's safe to say that this was quite the head scratcher on both sides. But, ridiculously entertaining at the same time.

For fans who like basketball scores in football games, be sure to find the replay.

For fans who are defensive purists, unsubscribe from all channels that could possibly show the replay.




 
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