Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett has spent his super-senior season rewriting the record books at Pitt, and on Saturday, he broke another program record, passing Dan Marino to become Pitt’s all-time touchdown leader.
During his illustrious college career, Marino accrued a total of 82 touchdowns, and in Pitt’s matchup with Miami, Pickett topped that, scoring the 83rd of his career. That score came on a pass from Pickett to Pitt receiver Jared Wayne in the third quarter that pulled the Panthers within seven points of the Canes.
Pickett entered the game with 62 career passing touchdowns, 18 rushing scores and one touchdown reception on the Pitt Special back in 2019 for a total of 81 touchdowns. He tied Marino thanks in large part to Pitt running back Israel Abanikanda, who ran in a dump-off pass from 20 yards out in the second quarter. And after the touchdown pass to Wayne, Pitt continued to build on his record-setting day, as he completed another touchdown pass to Pitt receiver Jaylon Barden in the third quarter, which tied the game at 31-31.
Last week, Pickett set another record in Pitt’s 27-17 win over Clemson, as he completed the 868th pass of his career. That total eclipsed the 867 career completions by former Pitt quarterback Alex Van Pelt, who held the record with that total from 1992 until 2021.
Pickett is also in pursuit of Van Pelt’s record for career passing yards and has a chance to take that as well. Van Pelt threw for 11,267 yards in his four seasons at Pitt, and Pickett’s total sits at 10,739 after the matchup with Miami.