The Pitt Panthers came into Saturday riding a four-game losing streak. With their only win coming against Wofford in week 1, things looked bleak. Meanwhile, Louisville started the season with their best start since 2013, starting 6-0. With Boston College transfer QB Phil Jurkovec struggling to start the year, Pat Narduzzi decided to make a change. He went with PSU transfer Christian Veilleux, hoping to propel the Panthers to a huge upset.
The Cardinals led 21-14 at half after a five-yard score to end the half by Isaac Guerendo. With the Cardinals in control of the lead and the ball to start the half, the Panthers were looking for a spark.
That is just what they got when Louisville coach Jeff Brohm decided to go for it on fourth and one from his own 34 to start the half and came up short. Pitt answered with a field goal. The Panthers followed up another impressive defensive drive with a touchdown to take the lead 24-21 and they never looked back.
Purdue transfer Jack Plummer threw a pick six that led to Pitt taking a 31-21 lead, and he followed that with another interception. On the other hand, Panthers QB Christian Veilleux was able to play turnover free football, while adding 200 yards and two touchdowns.
Veilleux received very little playing time in his Penn State career, attempting just 23 passes in his career there. Veilleux came to Pitt looking for a fresh start and a chance to shine, and Narduzzi giving him the chance to do just that could be the spark the Panthers need to turn their season around.
The sophomore struggled to start his Pitt career, throwing for just 85 yards and two interceptions in a loss to UNC. However, he turned it around in his first start for the Panthers, and propelled Pitt to one of the biggest upsets since Nathan Peterman took down No.2 Clemson.