Pitt had a lot of disappointment in yesterday’s loss to Northwestern, but they did manage a few bright spots. Matt Galambos turned in a 15-tackle performance and added a fumble recovery. Avonte Maddox added seven tackles, two passes defended, and an interception. Quadree Henderson had 166 total yards, but did have a costly fumble late in the game. Those players all deserve a special shout out, but we are giving Panther of the Game to senior quarterback Nathan Peterman.
When you look at his stats, they are not eye popping. He had some misfires early in the contest, but when you consider he played only three quarters, due to injury, his stats look even better. Peterman finished with 253 yards on 13 of 18 passes. Not only that, but he made it very hard for the Wildcats to key on any one receiver. The senior signal caller hit eight different receivers and on all types of routes.
Peterman also was down in the running game with James Conner and Darrin Hall exiting early on with injuries. His own injury cost him a chance to play another quarter and Northwestern was certainly having problems with Pitt’s vertical passing game. It was his last game as a Pitt Panther and this season saw some nice progression in the passing game. Hopefully Peterman will have a chance to make an NFL squad next season and scouts will take note of how well he improved throughout this season.