But it was the fireworks at the end of the game between Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi and Yellow Jackets coach Geoff Collins that was talked about more than Pittsburgh’s 34-20 victory. The game included a spat on the sideline between players on both teams.
Narduzzi and Collins met at midfield after the game to shake hands – as most coaches do. However, the handshake appeared to be tense.
“I told him, ‘Hey, you’ve got a great team,’” the Panthers coach said after the game. “He said, ‘Baloney,’ or some other nice words, and walked off. I don’t know. I thought it was a good game.”
Collins downplayed the meeting.
“I was just focused on getting our guys over to the band to celebrate,” Collins said afterward. “I don’t even remember what I said, to be honest with you.”
It’s been a tough year for both teams. Pittsburgh was ranked in the AP Top 25 earlier this season and was as high as 21st. The team moved to 6-5 on the season with the win.
Georgia Tech is 3-7 this season and are unlikely to make a bowl game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.