We select our players of the game for both teams following Georgia Tech’s 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday.
Pittsburgh: RB Qadree Ollison & WR Taysir Mack
Picking just one Panther for Saturday’s game was hard so we decided to give it to, two Panthers offensive players. Those two players are running back Qadree Ollison and wide receiver Taysir Mack
Ollison had a big day on the ground for the Panthers rushing for 91-yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. The senior running back for the Panthers got the scoring started on Saturday when he broke through the Jackets defense, getting by numerous would be tacklers for a 31-yard touchdown.
We pointed out in our lead up to Saturday’s game that wide receiver Taysir Mack could be a weapon to watch for the Panthers. Mack lived up and surpassed our expectations as he consistently beat the Jackets secondary in route to a four catch, 95-yard day.
Combined, Ollison and Mack had 21 touches for 186-yards which accounted for over 50% of the Panthers offense on Tuesday.
Georgia Tech: S Tariq Carpenter
Honestly, it’s hard to pick any Yellow Jacket to be a “Player of the Game” but it had to go to somebody. That being said, we’ve picked safety Tariq Carpenter. The safety lead the Yellow Jackets defense in tackles with five, all of them solo. He also contributed on the defensive effort with one tackle for a loss and one pass deflection
For Carpenter, it was another strong game that showed that sophomore could be a consistent piece of the Jackets secondary. Last week, Carpenter got off to a quick start including an interception on USF’s first drive before being ejected for targeting.
The Yellow Jackets will look to bounce back from their 24-19 loss on Saturday this weekend when they take on the Clemson Tigers, which will be a grueling and daunting task for the 1-2 Yellow Jackets.