Although Kenny Pickett had been the star of the show for 12 games, the final of the ACC Championship Game saw the defense taking the lead. For 12 straight games, Pickett made every throw while breaking all field records as he made the end zone his own playground. But Pitt’s defensive players didn’t let him take all the credit on the 13th game, showing their own prowess.
This led to the trophy sitting on the Pitt campus this week simply because the defense found their footing after a pretty slow start, as they smothered the quarterback of Wake Forest- Sam Hartman under four interceptions and five sacks, which then led to a 45-21 victory in the championship game before a crowd of around 57,856 at the Bank of America Stadium.
ACC Championship Game Sees Pitt Defense Coming Strong
The team from Pitt won 11 out of 13 ACC Championship Games for the first time since 1981, as they made their way to their first conference title. But this time around, there was no tie for first place, nor was there any sharing the spoils for the victors.
As of now, Pitt is the first ACC Coastal team to win the conference title since 2010. Erick Hallett, the free safety of the team who was named the MVP after intercepting a couple of passes, which included a pick-6 in the fourth quarter, stated that everyone thought that the defense was just OK and the team was heavily relying on their offense. And the team showed everyone that they also had a pretty strong defense.
The ACC Championship Game saw Wake Forest coming into the game third in the nation in average points after scoring 42.9. But while the Demon Deacons had about 13 opportunities with the ball after taking a lead of 21-14 in the first quarter, Pitt turned them away without letting them score a point.
The ACC Championship Game MVP Erick Hallett stated that the team was too gritty to take no for an answer.