Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech battled in an Atlantic Coast Conference game that primarily determined where the teams would fall in the standings as bowl season drew closer.
But it was the fireworks display 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 row on the sideline between players from both teams.
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Narduzzi and Collins met in midfield after the game to shake hands – as most coaches do. However, the handshake appears to be strained.
“I told him, ‘Hey, you have a great team,’ the Panthers coach said after the game. “He said ‘Baloney’, or some other nice words, and he’s gone. I do not know. I thought it was a good game.
Collins played down the meeting.
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“I just wanted to get our guys in the group to celebrate,” Collins said afterward. “I don’t even remember what I said, to be honest with you.
It was a difficult year for both teams. Pittsburgh was ranked in the Top 25 AP earlier this season and was as high as 21st. The team went down to 6-5 on the season with the win.
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Georgia Tech is 3-7 this season and is unlikely to make a bowling game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.