Posted: 5:43 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
Funny how those things tend to work out, right?
Just yesterday, I questioned Pitt's inability to get a third receiver involved in the offense behind stars Devin Street and Tyler Boyd. Both have been outstanding this season, but until the Duke game, a third wide receiver had yet to catch a pass.
That all ended on Saturday, though, as Weatherspoon stepped up and had a big game. It wasn't only the four catches for 58 yards that he had in the win, but when he caught some of them.
First, he had a big 14-yard reception for a first down on Pitt's opening drive and he later had an eight-yard catch for a first down on a drive that resulted in a field goal. The last two plays were even bigger, though.
Just before halftime, Weatherspoon made a big 21-yard catch on third down to keep a drive alive and one player later, Savage found Tyler Boyd in the end zone. He saved his best for last, catching Savage's crucial third-down attempt and making an athletic play to get a foot (both feet, actually) in bounds. That kept the drive alive and the Panthers were able to run out the clock from there.
All four of his grabs went for first downs. As if that weren't enough, he also returned kicks/punts and had a 25-yard kickoff return.
Boyd and Street were the stars - there's no mistaking that. But if Pitt can add Weatherspoon to the mix with their tight ends, the passing game will become even more potent.