TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Nick Patti had two touchdown runs, Kenny Pickett added a 10-yard TD run and Pittsburgh capitalized on short fields to defeat Florida State 41-17 on Saturday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Pickett returned to the starting lineup after missing two games due to an ankle injury. The senior completed 21 of 27 passes for 210 yards, connecting with freshman Jordan Addison a season-high 11 times for 127 yards.
Patti came off the bench to score touchdowns from 1 and 2 yards for Pittsburgh (4-4, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Jordan Travis had an 88-yard TD run, but Florida State (2-5, 1-5) couldn’t generate much of a rushing attack otherwise. The Seminoles had just 58 yards on their other 34 carries.
The Panthers scored four touchdowns with the benefit of short fields, completing drives of 32, 41, 47 and 20 yards. Two interceptions as well as a pair of fourth-down stops helped Pitt’s offense.
Brandon Hill also had a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Panthers’ third pick of the game.
SirVocea Dennis had two of Pitt’s seven sacks, which matched a season-best for the Panthers. Pitt also had seven sacks against Syracuse and Louisville.
Pittsburgh had struggled on the ground this season but was balanced with 148 yards on 37 carries.
Florida State had been averaging 197 yards rushing per game but couldn’t get a ground game going against one of the nation’s top rush defenses.
Pittsburgh will play at Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Florida State will play at NC State on Saturday.
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