Jackets overcame considerable odds to beat Pitt

September 23, 2017 Atlanta - Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Dinucci (3) prepares to get off a pass in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, September 23, 2017. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

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September 23, 2017 Atlanta - Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Dinucci (3) prepares to get off a pass in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, September 23, 2017. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Georgia Tech’s 35-17 defeat of Pittsburgh on Saturday was, in at least one way, extraordinary. The Yellow Jackets won despite committing four turnovers and allowing a punt return for a touchdown. That normally doesn’t happen.

From 2007 to 2016, there were 73 FBS teams that played games in which they had four or more turnovers and allowed at least one punt return for a score, according to sports-reference.com.

Their record in those games: 6-67, or a winning percentage of .082. It is obviously a credit to Tech’s defensive play against Pitt and perhaps a referendum on the quality of the Panthers’ offense that the Yellow Jackets were able to overcome the obstacles.