Pitt’s sophomore tight end Gavin Bartholomew scored an overhead touchdown in the second quarter of Pitt’s game Saturday night at Acrisure Stadium to push the Panthers lead to 10 points.
On the play, Panthers senior quarterback Kedon Slovis completed a pass to a wide-open Bartholomew, before taking a big hit from Volunteers senior defensive back Jaylen McCollough. Bartholomew found himself with space and used his speed to run down the right sideline.
Redshirt Volunteers lead linebacker Jeremy Banks went to tackle him low, but Bartholomew pushed him just in time and ran to the end for a 57-yard touchdown.
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On the touchdown, Bartholomew said he had never hit anyone before in a game except at some point earlier in the game, but said no one noticed. His obstacle on Banks was certainly noticed at Acrisure Stadium and throughout the world of college football.
“I mean, it happened so fast,” Bartholomew said Saturday after the game. “I just knew he was going to tackle me, so I just said, ‘Screw him. I jump on him,” then I was in the end zone.
Bartholomew said he never ran hurdles in high school and on the play no other defender was near him so he just had to play.
In the loss to Tennessee, he caught five passes on six targets for 84 yards and the touchdown. Those 84 yards led the team and the five receptions were second.