WATCH: Hendon Hooker and Pat Narduzzi Share Touching Moment After Win

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    Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker and Pittsburgh HC Pat Narduzzi share a touching moment after the Vols’ victory on Saturday night. Photo by Rocky Top Insider/Ric Butler.

    After a grueling Top 25 matchup going into the Pennsylvania Saturday night, Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker took his time going around the field and talking to the Pittsburgh players. The Tennessee quarterback talked to the Panthers’ players, assistants, and coaches as he made his way around the field with the Tennessee band playing Rocky Top from the corner of the endzone.

    As Hooker was making his way back to the Tennessee sideline, Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi tracked him down to give him a hug and share some private words. The two talked for a quick minute before going their separate ways, but it looked like a fun conversation after the history the two have had.

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    Hendon Hooker and Pat Narduzzi have stood across the sidelines from each other on four different occasions now: two with Hooker playing for Virginia Tech, and the most recent two with Tennessee.

    In Hooker’s first matchup with Narduzzi and Pittsburgh in 2019 as the quarterback of Virginia Tech, Hooker completed 10-of-13 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns. One year later, with the Hokies traveling to Pittsburgh, Hooker went 13-of-22 for 260 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Hooker found a win in his 2019 meeting but Virginia Tech did lose the 2020 matchup.

    On Saturday night, in his final matchup against Pat Narduzzi’s Pittsburgh Panthers, Hooker went 27-of-42 for 325 yards and two touchdowns. Hooker also added in 27 yards on the ground in the victory. Hooker now ends his career with a 2-2 record against Pittsburgh.

    Pat Narduzzi wasn’t the only coach that Hooker talked to after the game. The Tennessee quarterback spent quite a bit of time showing his respect to the other players, who did the same for him.

    No. 24 Tennessee defeated No. 17 Pittsburgh on the road in Acisure Stadium on Saturday afternoon by a score of 34-27 in overtime. The Vols now move to 2-0 with a matchup against Akron on the horizon for next Saturday night.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.