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Narduzzi names starting QB

If Pitt's quarterback situation wasn't clear after the Iowa game, it is now after Pat Narduzzi announced a starter Wednesday.

The Panthers don't play this week, but they know who their starting quarterback will be come Oct. 3 at Virginia Tech. 

Pat Narduzzi made it clear on Wednesday's ACC coaches' teleconference that Nathan Peterman will be the starting quarterback moving forward. 

Peterman finished 20-of-29 passing for 219 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Pitt's 27-24 loss to Iowa Saturday. He led the Panthers on a 13-play, 75-yard drive capped by a touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd that tied the game with 52 seconds left. 

Peterman completed 9-of-12 passes on the drive, including a 19-yard completion to J.P. Holtz on 4th and 15 that moved Pitt to the Iowa 8-yard line and set up Boyd's score two plays later. 

"Overall, Nathan played a very, very solid game," Narduzzi said. "[I'm] happy with where he is."

Peterman started the game and threw interceptions on the Panthers' first two drives. The first came on a deep route to Tyler Boyd down the sideline that cornerback Desmond King covered well, but was not run properly.

"First one was on a fade, probably more of a receiver problem than a quarterback problem," Narduzzi said. "Probably was a good throw, but we didn't get a stem up the field. So I really blame that more on the receiver than I do the quarterback."

King intercepted Peterman again on a 3rd and goal with Pitt on the 5-yard line. Boyd ran a slant over the middle and King cut in front of the pass after Narduzzi said kind did a "nice job at pulling some jersey, tugging to get back in front" to intercept the pass.

"It's a tough throw," Narduzzi said. "Probably a throw that Nathan would like to have back, we'd all like to have back."

Iowa led 3-0 at the time and a missed chance to score proved costly at the end of the game. 

Chad Voytik entered for the next two series and the Panthers went 3-and-out in both series. Pitt gained only 14 yards with Voytik under center, who completed 1-of-2 attempts for eight yards. 

Peterman took the reins after that and never led Voytik get his hands on them for the rest of the game. The backup out of training camp led the Panthers to the edge of victory in a hostile environment, before the Hawkeyes converted a 57-yard field goal as time expired. 

But as a result, Peterman is Pitt's starter for the foreseeable future. 

"I think he's earned that," Narduzzi said. "I think Chad will continue to battle back."

For the season, Peterman has completed 34-of-50 passes for 428 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Voytik is 16-for-24 with 112 yards, a touchdown and interception. 

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