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The Pitt Panthers (2-1, 0-0 ACC) were defeated by the Western Michigan Broncos (2-1, 0-0 MAC) on Saturday afternoon in a 44-41 upset victory.

‘They are who we think they are’: WMU loss mars hopeful start for Pitt

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor September 19, 2021
Pitt’s defeat to Western Michigan this weekend was more than just their first notch in the loss column. The Panthers’ pride and momentum was wounded and to get back on track, their play needs drastic improvement.
Photos: Pitt football vs. Western Michigan

Photos: Pitt football vs. Western Michigan

By Lucas Zheng and Carlo Zollinger, Staff Photographers September 18, 2021

Pitt football lost to the Western Michigan Broncos Saturday afternoon in a 44-41 upset victory, the first-ever game played between the two schools.

No. 90 Deandre Jules of the Pitt Panthers faces Western Michigan players. The Panthers lost to the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday afternoon.

Broncos stampede Panthers defense in 44-41 loss for Pitt

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer September 18, 2021
Pitt football was outcoached and outgunned by Western Michigan on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos capitalized on every key moment and took home an 44-41 upset win in the first game ever played between the two schools.
After throwing for 285 yards in last Saturday’s 41-34 win over Tennessee, Pitt senior Kenny Pickett is now just 57 passing yards away from leaping Dan Marino for second place in career passing yards at Pitt.

Preview | Pitt returns home for clash with Western Michigan

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer September 17, 2021
The Pitt Panthers and Western Michigan Broncos will meet for the first time this weekend. The Panthers come into the game riding high off of a huge road win in Knoxville. But Pitt can't overlook the Broncos who have talent on both sides of the ball. 
Pitt football hasn’t won more than eight games in a season since 2009, but this might be the season they end the double-digit win drought, argues senior staff writer Kyle Saxon.

Column | For Pitt football, the next step is right now

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer September 14, 2021
Pitt football hasn’t won more than eight games in a season since 2009, but senior staff writer Kyle Saxon argues this might be the season they end the double-digit win drought. The Tennessee win built momentum, and now is the time to capitalize.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett in action at last Saturday’s game against UMass.

Pitt pulls out a win in Johnny Majors Classic, defeating Tennessee 41-34

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor September 11, 2021
The Panthers (2-0, 0-0 ACC) took down the Tennessee Volunteers (1-1, 0-0 SEC) 41-34 on Saturday as Kenny Pickett threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns. 
The Pitt Panthers will match up against the Tennessee Volunteers this Saturday at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.

Preview | Pitt prepares for early season road test against Tennessee Volunteers

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor September 9, 2021
Pitt and Tennessee have played one another just twice, with Pitt having won both contests, in the two programs’ storied histories. Although the programs haven’t clashed in 38 years, they are forever linked by one man — Pitt’s former head football coach, Johnny Majors.
What felt like the longest offseason ever for Panther fans finally ended on Saturday afternoon’s game against UMass.

Pitt fans revel in return to Heinz Field

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer September 7, 2021
Pitt fans felt an extra jolt of energy from Saturday’s crowd at Heinz Field. After their extended absence, the crowd let loose in the parking lots and stands as the football team trounced UMass.
Seventh-year John Petrishen left Pittsburgh to pursue a career as safety at Penn State. But Petrishen, pictured on the left, came home to Pitt, this time as a linebacker.

After transferring and changing positions, John Petrishen sets out to prove himself right

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor September 7, 2021
After a true rollercoaster of a college football career, Petrishen looked into the sea of blue and gold at Heinz Field and felt vindicated.
Photos: Heinz Field during Pitt football vs. UMass

Photos: Heinz Field during Pitt football vs. UMass

By Pamela Smith, Visual Editor September 7, 2021

Pitt defeated the UMass Minutemen 51-7 at Heinz Field on Saturday. The game was the first time since the 2019 season that a near-capacity crowd was allowed into the stadium, due to increased protections...

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