Pitt hits back, halts Georgia Tech option, 24-19


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Qadree Ollison breaks the tackle of Georgia Tech's Tariq Carpenter on his way to a touchdown. - AP

A week after allowing 51 points to its heated rival, the Pitt defense dug deep and pushed back.

The Panthers limited Georgia Tech's vaunted rushing attack to 320 yards — most of its 386 yards of offense — but more importantly, Pitt grabbed an early lead and kept the Yellow Jackets away from the end zone in the first half on the way to a 24-19 win Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field.

The Pitt (2-1, 1-0 ACC) defense spent the entire week talking about discipline and sticking to its assignments against the Georgia Tech (1-2, 0-1 ACC) running game, and made good on its word, forcing the Yellow Jackets to go three-and-out on their first three possessions.

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