Share This Page

Pitt notebook: High hit on WR Street within the rules

| Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 7:06 p.m.
Virginia Tech linebacker Jack Tyler pressures Pitt quarterback Tom Savage during the second half on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech won, 19-9.

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The worst bit of news that emerged from Pitt's 19-9 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday had nothing to do with the final score.

Senior wide receiver Devin Street suffered a right shoulder injury in the fourth quarter after he was leveled by Hokies defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett at the end of a 33-yard reception.

“He's hurting a little bit,” coach Paul Chryst said. “I talked to him real quick. (He said) kind of what you want your guys to say, ‘I'll be back and be ready for next week.'

“But he took a shot.”

At first glance, the hit appeared to be helmet to helmet, which is grounds for ejection in the NCAA this season. But Jarrett actually threw his shoulder into Street, albeit with great force.

ACC head of officials Doug Rhoads said Jarrett stayed within the rules. Rhoads told reporters Jarrett didn't lead with the crown of his helmet and Street wasn't a defenseless player because he was carrying the ball after making the catch.

Street led Pitt with five receptions for 104 yards, including gains of 48 and 33. That makes three 100-yard games for Street this season. With 177 catches, he is one short of the Pitt all-time record set by Latef Grim from 1998-2000.

More injuries

With freshman running back James Conner lost in the first quarter to a left shoulder injury, Isaac Bennett and freshman Rachid Ibrahim had the bulk of the workload for the Panthers. Bennett finished with 31 yards on seven carries, and Ibrahim had 17 yards on five carries.

Savage scores

Quarterback Tom Savage, who spent the past two weeks recovering from a head injury suffered in the Virginia game, said he came out of the game fine physically.

“I'm great,” he said.

He scored Pitt's only touchdown on a 9-yard designed run in the fourth quarter.

A pocket passer, Savage said there aren't many of those plays in the playbook for him.

“You have to take advantage of them,” he said.

Moving up

Senior Aaron Donald's two sacks give him 26 12 for his career, tying him for fourth on Pitt's all-time list with Zeke Gadson (1984-87) and Keith Hamilton (1989-91). Next up is Tony Woods, who had 31 from 1983-86.

The leaders are Hugh Green (49, from 1977-80) and Randy Holloway (33 12, 1974-77).

Thomas steps up

Linebacker Todd Thomas led Pitt with 12 tackles, and he admitted that the defense improved after allowing a touchdown and field goal in the game's first 11 minutes.

“Just reading my keys, just like in practice,” he said. “I'm just doing what the defense is designed for me to do. That's why I'm coming up with the plays.

“But at the end of the day, as a team, we lost.” After allowing 55 points to Duke, Pitt has given up only one touchdown in the past two games.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.