That provided some sweet revenge for Penn State against its in-state rival, after Pitt emerged with a 42-39 victory in the second game of 2016 to ultimately keep the Lions out of the four-team NCAA Playoffs.
Pitt took down the Nittany Lions in a back-and-forth battle previous year that ended with Trace McSorley's interception in the end zone on the final drive of the game with Penn State trailing 41-38.
There was plenty of time for there to be openings in the Penn State secondary.
Pitt: Doesn't get any easier next Saturday, when 10th-ranked Oklahoma State (2-0) visits Heinz Field. "They had a lot of long drives that we could have ended on multiple third downs".
In the second quarter, Pitt once again wasted or dropped a chance to cut the lead in half.
On defense, Penn State was paced by Allen, who recorded 12 total tackles, including nine solo.
Qadree Ollison rushed for 96 yards for the Panthers. During that drive, Pitt was able to convert a 4th down on a jet sweep run by Darin Hall. Barkley was bottled up, and the Panthers went into halftime trailing 14-3.
"We couldn't think of a better place to do it", he said.
The crowd for last year's game at Heinz Field, almost 70,000, was the biggest in Pitt's modern history. Alex Kessman added a pair of field goals for the Panthers (1-1). This is the Super Bowl for us because this is the game which we play Saturday. Pitt's offense lost tenacious running back James Conner and steady quarterback Nathan Peterman to the National Football League, replacing them with Conner's bruising backup, Qadree Ollison, and a quarterback new to the program, USC transfer Max Browne, who threw the game-winning 11-yard touchdown pass to speedy Jester Weah in overtime last week against Youngstown State.
Pitt got no closer than 14 the rest of the way. We fed off that play."On the first play of the fourth quarter, Barkley plowed through the Panthers for an 8-yard touchdown". Had any in the announced crowd of 109,898 glanced away from the proceedings, they might have missed the game-altering sequence given Barkley's sprinter speed.
Saquon Barkley mauling Pitt for a TD.
Much of the problem in getting the passing game in gear Saturday stemmed from poor protection of quarterbacks Max Browne and Ben DiNucci.
Penn State's players echoed their coach's "unrivaled" mantra after the game. But Anderson-Butts also vowed, a couple weeks back, that he'd be dragging teammate Micah Parsons along.
This game didn't have the flair or as many fireworks like the previous one, however.
It also helps not to give away points. After starting shaky, the linebackers were effective and although they only produced one sack, the defensive line were physical and disruptive.
Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour has acknowledged the school's longtime notion that it must have at least seven home games per year.