College Football
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Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 1, 2022
Where: Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Georgia Tech will start a new era for its program when it plays at No. 24 Pittsburgh at 8 p.m. Saturday, but not in the way the Yellow Jackets envisioned when the season began.

Following a 27-17 loss at Central Florida last Saturday that put the Yellow Jackets at 1-3 (0-1 in ACC play), Georgia Tech fired head coach Geoff Collins, who went 10-28 after taking over for the retired Paul Johnson in 2018.

Georgia Tech also dismissed athletic director Todd Stansbury Monday.

Georgia Tech named associate head coach and offensive line coach Brent Key as interim, who has the unenviable task of helping his players deal with the transition and prepare for a ranked opponent on the road.

"Unfortunately, the results of our football program have fallen short of what our loyal community, fans and athletes expect and deserve," Georgia Tech president Angel Cabrera said in a statement. "We are committed to rebuilding the program and a coaching change is a necessary first step in that process."

Georgia Tech's only win this season was a 35-17 win in Week 3 over Western Carolina. In its three losses, the Yellow Jackets have combined to score 20 points, and fixing those offensive struggles will likely be foremost for Key.

Georgia Tech's offense is led by quarterback Jeff Sims, who has completed 59.8% of his passes for 739 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 111 yards.

While Georgia Tech enters in turmoil, Pittsburgh enters on a roll and in a steady place as a program.

The Panthers (3-1) enter the start of ACC play having won their last two games, at Western Michigan and against Rhode Island.

Pittsburgh received good news during the 45-24 win over Rhode Island when quarterback Kedon Slovis returned after missing the Western Michigan game with an undisclosed injury.

Slovis completed 20-of-27 passes in his return, but had the help of running back Israel Abanikanda with 177 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Abanikanda enters the game second nationally in all-purpose yards at 180.25 and sixth in rushing yards per game at 119.8.

Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi admitted Monday that a coaching change with Georgia Tech leads to some uncertainty in regards to preparation.

"It's like going back to the opening game of the season again, not knowing what they're going to do," Narduzzi said. "But again, I would imagine the offense is going to stay pretty similar. The defense is going to stay pretty similar with the effect that they had. But you never know. There's going to be different things that maybe they're allowed to do that they couldn't do before."

Pittsburgh has owned the series against Georgia Tech as of late.

The Panthers have won four straight games over the Yellow Jackets and six of the last seven, with Georgia Tech's lone win in that span coming in 2017.

Last season, Pittsburgh earned a 52-21 over the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Georgia Tech 1-3 L2 13.8 31.8 1-2 0-1 1-3 0-0 0-1
Pittsburgh 3-1 W2 36.0 25.5 2-1 1-0 2-1 0-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Georgia Tech Pittsburgh
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/2/21 PITT 52 GT 21 432 73 359 580 181 399
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Georgia Tech J. Sims 72.7 359 2 2
Pittsburgh K. Pickett 63.9 389 4 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Georgia Tech D. Smith 9 43 4.8 1
Pittsburgh I. Abanikanda 15 60 4.0 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Georgia Tech J. Gibbs 6 125 20.8 0
Pittsburgh T. Mack 5 121 24.2 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Georgia Tech N. McCollum 1
Pittsburgh I. Abanikanda 2
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Georgia Tech J. Sims 59.8 739 2 2
Pittsburgh K. Slovis 66.7 692 2 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Georgia Tech D. Smith 32 191 6.0 3
Pittsburgh I. Abanikanda 83 479 5.8 6
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Georgia Tech N. McCollum 18 158 8.8 0
Pittsburgh J. Wayne 13 265 20.4 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Georgia Tech D. Smith 3
Pittsburgh I. Abanikanda 7
Quickchart Matchup
Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Off vs  Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Def
Georgia Tech 311.5 yards
Pittsburgh 321.5 yards
Georgia Tech 3.9 yards/rush
Pittsburgh 3.3 yards/rush
Georgia Tech 6.3 yards/attempt
Pittsburgh 6.8 yards/attempt
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Off vs  Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Def
Pittsburgh 419.8 yards
Georgia Tech 416.5 yards
Pittsburgh 4.4 yards/rush
Georgia Tech 4.3 yards/rush
Pittsburgh 8.9 yards/attempt
Georgia Tech 7.4 yards/attempt