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Former PSU QB Christian Veilleux Wins 1st Start at Pitt

Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Veilleux (11) November 12, 2022 David Hague/NSN

Penn State fans likely don’t care that rival Pitt (2-4) pulled off an unlikely upset against No. 14 Louisville (6-1).

But they can take pride in knowing that it was a former Penn Stater at the helm of the start.

Former Penn State quarterback Christian Veilleux led Pitt to the 38-21 upset victory. If that wasn’t impressive enough, the sophomore did so in his first career start.

Veilluex’s numbers don’t tell the full story of his performance. He only completed 12-of-26 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns. But his touchdowns came on big plays of 46- and 31-yards.

More significantly, and a key reason in Pitt’s win, he didn’t register a turnover against one of the nation’s top secondaries. Louisville entered the game leading the ACC in interceptions with eight, a number that sits tied at seventh in the NCAA.

Before Pitt, Veilleux spent two seasons at Penn State. As a true freshman in 2021, Veilleux played in two games and completed 16-of-26 passes for 238 yards and 3 touchdowns. Most of those numbers  came in a start against Rutgers. Before the 2022 season, Veilleux was surpassed on the depth chart by Drew Allar and appeared in only three games, completing 7-of-9 passes for 44 yards.

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