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Pitt-Akron Turning Point of the Game: A quarterback change

A controversial quarterback change helped spur Pitt to a big road W in Akron on Saturday.

Nick Cammett-USA TODAY Sports

It can't be denied. Pitt officially has a quarterback controversy. There were rumblings during training camp about transfer Nathan Peterman making things tough on Chad Voytik in training camp. Those rumblings continued with Voytik's less than impressive performance against Youngstown State and the coaching staff's decision to give Peterman some snaps.

Saturday's Turning Point of the Game doesn't do Voytik any favors, as putting in Peterman is what gave the Panthers a boost in their 24-7 win over the Zips at Akron.

The offense was struggling for a couple of drives leading up to the end of the half and once again, Pitt found themselves in a hole against an inferior opponent. As the first half was winding down, Pat Narduzzi decided to take a chance and let Peterman handle the two-minute offense at the end of the half. That decision led to a eight-play, 73-yard drive in less than two minutes to give the Panthers a halftime lead that they would not give up. Peterman also led the offense to two more touchdown drives in the second half to ice the game.

The drive saw Peterman connect on four of five passes for 52 yards and was capped off with an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end JP Holtz. Peterman also showed off a little of the running ability that Chad Voytik brings to the table, when he scampered 17 yards on the scoring drive as well.

The performance led the staff to stay with Peterman the rest of the way and the offense settled down a little bit to give Pitt a pretty comfortable win. For that reason, his insertion into the contest was our Turning Point of the Game.

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