Pitt football sure does like to use offensive tackle Brian O'Neill in unique and innovative ways. While most college football offensive lineman are expected to pass block or road grade, depending on the play, O'Neill scored his second touchdown of the season on Thursday night in the Panthers eventual 39-36 loss to No. 25 Virginia Tech.
The first touchdown O'Neill scored this year was on a screen pass. This time it was on an offensive lineman reverse after he lined up as a tackle eligible on the play. Facing first and goal at the 5-yard line, the Panthers' coaching staff decided it was time to pull out the trick play. Running a wide receiver in motion to the strong side of the formation, the quarterback faked a handoff to the running back who set up in a single back position and headed in the same direction.
This double fake worked wonders as the entire Hokies defense bit on the play action and moved to the strongside to shut down the play. The defenders didn't notice O'Neill peeling back toward his quarterback to take the handoff. O'Neill took the handoff for the offensive lineman reverse at around the 10-yard line and, with limited blocking in front of him, set off for the pylon. The former tight end showed plenty of speed for a 300-pounder as he outraced the defenders before lowering his shoulder and diving into the end zone.
Just another crazy play from Pitt as they continue to be one of the most innovative teams in the ACC, especially when it comes to offensive linemen taking the ball to the house.
In case you're curious, here's a look at his first touchdown of the season, from Pitt's 37-34 win over Georgia Tech on October 8.