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Aaron Donald announces restaurant opening in Oakland

Aaron Donald announces restaurant opening in Oakland

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 6, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Former Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald announced via his Twitter account on Saturday that he will be opening a restaurant in Oakland.AD's Pittsburgh Cafe — or AD's PCafe, as Donald called it — is inspired by the former Pittsburgh Cafe, which closed in 2012. The new restaurant will occupy the same ...

Top cat

Top cat

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

December 3, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner is the first sophomore running back to be named ACC Player of the Year.

Conner named ACC Player of the Year

Conner named ACC Player of the Year

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

December 3, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt running back James Conner built further on his accolade-filled  2014 season on Wednesday afternoon, as the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association named the sophomore the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year.The bruising running back received 16 votes for the award, edging out the 2013 reci...

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

By TNS

December 1, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

LeSean McCoy scored a touchdown against Dallas on Thanksgiving.

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy, Eagles prepare for playoff push

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy, Eagles prepare for playoff push

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 1, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

As NFL teams prepare to run the final stretch toward getting into the playoffs, several former Pitt players are playing a part in the struggle.LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles sit at 9-3 and are in first place in the NFC East division after knocking down their division rival, the Dallas Cowboys...

Running free

Running free

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 30, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner tallied his 23rd and 24th rushing touchdowns of the season against Miami on Saturday.

Conner takes down another record with 24th rushing touchdown of the year

Conner takes down another record with 24th rushing touchdown of the year

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 30, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner broke another record on Saturday night.With his 23rd touchdown run of the season during Pitt’s opening drive at Miami, the sophomore running back broke Tony Dorsett’s 1976 school record for rushing touchdowns in a season and, with his next touchdown later in the game, he broke Dorsett...

James Conner

James Conner

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 29, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner broke Tony Dorsett's school rushing records in Pitt's final regular-season game.

Panthers gain bowl eligibility in regular season finale

Panthers gain bowl eligibility in regular season finale

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 29, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner set more Pitt records en route to a win that extended the team's season and gained it bowl eligibility.Conner -- who ran for 75 yards on 16 carries -- scored two touchdowns, in turn breaking Tony Dorsett's 1976 school records for rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns in a season with ...

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy leads Eagles to another win

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy leads Eagles to another win

By Alex Fischbein / Staff Writer

November 24, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Week 12 of the NFL season provided a lot of offense Sunday. The game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans was no exception.Former Pitt running back LeSean McCoy and the rest of the Eagles bounced back from a horrible loss in no time. The first play of the game set the tone for the Ea...

Committee rules: Pitt backs run for 258 yards in win over Syracuse

Committee rules: Pitt backs run for 258 yards in win over Syracuse

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 23, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Chris James has become more patient as a runner throughout the football season, but the change hasn’t come easily.“That’s been something that I’ve been working on all year. Coach [John] Settle calls me ‘Happy Feet’ in the backfield ‘cause I get the ball and just want to take off,” Jame...

Panthers set individual records in season-saving win over Syracuse

Panthers set individual records in season-saving win over Syracuse

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 22, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

In addition to helping the team stay in the conversation to play for a postseason bowl game, several Pitt players set individual records on Saturday.Running back James Conner’s first quarter touchdown tied Tony Dorsett’s 1976 Pitt single-season rushing touchdowns record with his 22nd, and set an ACC...

Tyler Boyd

Tyler Boyd

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

November 22, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Tyler Boyd caught seven passes for 126 yards and a touchdown in Pitt's win over Syracuse.

Isaac Bennett and James Conner

Isaac Bennett and James Conner

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 22, 2014


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Isaac Bennett and James Conner smile for the camera before the game.

James Conner

James Conner

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner leads the Panthers against Syracuse on Saturday.

Pitt set to play Syracuse with bowl berth on line

Pitt set to play Syracuse with bowl berth on line

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

With the end of the season near, the goal is clear for the Pitt football team.Mired in its longest losing streak since 2007, a trip to the ACC conference game is mathematically no longer possible for Pitt (4-6, 2-4 ACC), following last week’s loss to UNC. Instead, there’s a familiar number — six...

Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald

By TNS

November 17, 2014


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Aaron Donald sacked future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning on Sunday.

Pitt in the NFL: Donald sacks Manning in upset win

Pitt in the NFL: Donald sacks Manning in upset win

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 17, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Aaron Donald had a memorable week 11 in his first season in the NFL, as other former Panthers had to adjust to new quarterbacks running their offenses.The rookie and former Pitt defensive tackle recorded a sack on future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. He also added three tackles in the St....

Defense falters in second half in loss at UNC

Defense falters in second half in loss at UNC

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 16, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt’s defense seemed to undergo an identity change from the first half to the second on Saturday.Facing the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, the unit held the hosts scoreless and to 36 total yards in the first quarter.The Tar Heels, which entered the matchup having scored 40 or more points...

Voytik Fumble

Voytik Fumble

By Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

November 15, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team (4-5, 2-3 ACC) took on the University of North Carolina Tar Heels (4-5, 2-3 ACC) on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Keenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Late fumble ends comeback attempt in Pitt’s third straight loss

Late fumble ends comeback attempt in Pitt’s third straight loss

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 15, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — After a fast start, Pitt faded late in the Tar Heel State.Offensive efficiency, combined with firm defensive play, helped the football team secure and maintain an early lead against North Carolina on Saturday afternoon, but it wouldn’t hold. In a game where Pitt allowed 502 to...

Bam Bradley

Bam Bradley

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 13, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Bam Bradley and the Pitt defense/special teams will try to keep UNC's Ryan Switzer in check.

Chryst, team try to stay in bowl hunt

Chryst, team try to stay in bowl hunt

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 13, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

A common theme emerged among coaches and players on the Pitt football team when they talked about this weekend’s opponent University of North Carolina: speed, especially with the ball.This particular focus makes sense. The competition knows it well.UNC’s Ryan Switzer embodies this attribute. The sopho...

Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

By MCT Campus

November 10, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Larry Fitzgerald moved into 18th place on the all-time receptions list Sunday.

Pitt in the NFL: Larry Fitzgerald climbs in record books

Pitt in the NFL: Larry Fitzgerald climbs in record books

By Brandon Duerr / for The Pitt News

November 10, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

For the second straight week, Larry Fitzgerald led the group of Pitt alumni in the NFL and made some noise in the league record books as well. At week 10, Fitzgerald and the Cardinals traveled back to Arizona to face rookie Aaron Donald and the division rival Rams, who were coming off a very impressi...

Conner wins weekly Maxwell Award

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 6, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt sophomore running back James Conner was selected as the Maxwell Award Player of the Week on Thursday for his performance in Pitt’s loss Saturday against Duke.Conner ran for a career-high 263 yards and three touchdowns in the game, surpassing his previous career high in rushing yards of 229 against ...

In the trenches

In the trenches

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 4, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings (68) readies himself for a block against Duke on Saturday.

Running loose

Running loose

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 4, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner dashes past a Duke defender during Saturday's loss to the Blue Devils.

Conner, Clemmings earn ACC weekly honors

Conner, Clemmings earn ACC weekly honors

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 4, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Despite a 51-48 loss to the Duke Blue Devils this past weekend at Heinz Field, the Atlantic Coast Conference recognized two players on the Pitt football team Monday for outstanding performances. Sophomore running back James Conner was named the ACC co-offensive back of the week, while senior offensive...

Chris Blewitt

Chris Blewitt

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 2, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Chris Blewitt's late missed field goal sent Pitt and Duke into overtime.

Missed kick, shaky defense down Pitt in double OT

Missed kick, shaky defense down Pitt in double OT

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 2, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Heading into its game against No. 24 Duke, the Pitt football team knew receiver Jamison Crowder would make a difference for the Blue Devils.“Hopefully he didn’t get his flu shot and gets the flu on Friday or something,” Pitt’s secondary coach Troy Douglas said jokingly to media last Wednesday...

Defense and special teams struggles push Pitt to overtime loss

Defense and special teams struggles push Pitt to overtime loss

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

November 1, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt played its way into an offensive flexing battle against Duke Saturday, and in the end, it was a battle the Panthers couldn’t keep up with.Led by James Conner’s career-best 263 rushing yards, the Panthers combated Duke’s high-powered offensive attack from the start. But a combination of pe...

Blewitt misses late FG

Blewitt misses late FG

By Heather Tennant | Staff Photographer

November 1, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Blewitt missed a field goal at the end of the fourth quarter sending the game into overtime.

Under center

Under center

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 30, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Redshirt sophomore Chad Voytik awaits the snap.

Panthers look to rebound against first place Blue Devils

Panthers look to rebound against first place Blue Devils

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 30, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team has now lost four of its last five games, and head coach Paul Chryst can’t help but address areas where his team must improve — and must improve soon.Nonetheless, third-year coach Chryst often points out a few “nice things” that he saw from his team after a bad loss.One o...

Chad Voytik

Chad Voytik

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt will work on limiting fumbles this week in practice.

Notebook: Offense works on limiting turnovers with Duke on deck

Notebook: Offense works on limiting turnovers with Duke on deck

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Last September, Pitt football fans expected a walk in the park when their 1-1 team traveled to Durham, N.C., for the Panthers’ first-ever conference game against what used to be a lowly Duke team.The Panthers did pull out a 58-55 win over the Blue Devils in a shootout, and, on paper, it ended up being their marque...

Jabaal Sheard

Jabaal Sheard

By MCT Campus

October 27, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Jabaal Sheard combined with K'Waun Williams for five tackles.

Pitt in the NFL: Fitzgerald shows flashes of former self

Pitt in the NFL: Fitzgerald shows flashes of former self

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 27, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Week eight in the NFL showcased almost unanimously strong performances from former Pitt players, and two of the individuals with better games this week played against each other.Sunday’s marquee matchup also featured two former Pitt stars when LeSean McCoy’s Philadelphia Eagles traveled to meet Larr...

James Conner

James Conner

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 26, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner briefly left Pitt's game Saturday with a leg injury.

Sidebar: Conner injury tests RB depth

Sidebar: Conner injury tests RB depth

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

October 26, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

When James Conner lay on the Heinz Field turf Saturday, grasping at his right knee while trainers circled around him, a hush fell over the crowd.Already stupefied by the baffling start to the Pitt football game against Georgia Tech, fans had to cringe as a new nightmare scenario played out in front of...

Football

Football

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 25, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt could not recover from early fumbling issues in its loss to Georgia Tech.

Early fumbles down Panthers in homecoming game

Early fumbles down Panthers in homecoming game

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 25, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

It was the script coming out party that few saw coming.Sporting new script “Pitt” logos on their helmets in their homecoming game against Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2 ACC) Saturday, the Panthers (4-4, 2-2 ACC) couldn’t recover from a historically poor offensive start in an embarrassing 56-28 loss.To st...

Paul and Elijah Zeise

Paul and Elijah Zeise

By Photo courtesy of Paul Zeise

October 24, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

Above: Elijah (left) and his brother Isaiah (right) painted their faces the Pitt blue and gold before a game.Below: Elijah (left) with his father and brother at a Pitt football game in 2013.

Father and son share longtime connection to Pitt football

Father and son share longtime connection to Pitt football

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

When Elijah Zeise was eight years old, his parents took him to see a Pitt football game at Heinz Field.It was 2003. The Panthers upset No. 5 Virginia Tech 31-28 beneath a visible eclipse that lit up the faces of some 66,207 fans in attendance almost as much as Pitt’s last-minute, game-winning touchdown...

Yogi Roth

Yogi Roth

By Photo courtesy of Yogi Roth

October 24, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

Yogi Roth has done broadcast work for ESPN and Fox, and co-authored a book with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

‘Life in a Walk:’ Alum directs personal documentary

‘Life in a Walk:’ Alum directs personal documentary

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 23, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

Have you ever wondered whether you are spending enough time with loved ones? Yogi Roth did, and after a seemingly simple walk through Europe with his father, he feels more satisfied with his answer to that question.“We had a great relationship, but I still didn’t know 95 percent of the things I found out [about ...

Tyler Boyd

Tyler Boyd

By Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

October 23, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

Tyler Boyd and the Pitt Panthers face Coastal Division opponent Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Bugging out: Panthers, Yellow Jackets clash with ACC Coastal Division on the mind

Bugging out: Panthers, Yellow Jackets clash with ACC Coastal Division on the mind

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 23, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

On Pitt’s scout team, many underclassmen and walk-ons simulate the opponents’ offenses to give the defense a better understanding of what to prepare for in the weekend’s matchup.This week, Pitt’s scout team might have more impact on the team’s game day execution than it did during any other we...

Penn State football dominates state, according to map

By Alex Fischbein / For The Pitt News

October 23, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

Excitement, scoring, wins, championships and fan devotion comprise some of the “ingredients” of a sports fan. Students and alumni typically make up college football fan bases, but there are still schools that gain a following from regions that might not have a Division I school around them. On Oct...

Pitt recruiting rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt’s newest commit, Jordan Whitehead, scored three touchdowns in three different ways. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared last weekend. Jordan Whitehead (cornerback) ­— Central Valley High School, Pa.Central Valley remained undefeated at 8-0, defeating Hopewell 57-7. Whitehea...

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

By Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

October 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt is tied for first in the ACC Coastal Division, and plays Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Notebook: Young Pitt team benefiting from experience

Notebook: Young Pitt team benefiting from experience

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Regardless of its win and loss total, a football team can only grow over the course of a season.Players begin to master a coach’s system and, by January, they’ve learned more about their personal tendencies, as well as those of their teammates’.A team with more underclassmen than any other in Division...

Reggie Mitchell

Reggie Mitchell

By Zach Schaffer / Senior Staff Photographer

October 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Reggie Mitchell forced two fumbled in Pitt's win on Thursday.

Three Pitt players earn ACC weekly honors

Three Pitt players earn ACC weekly honors

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The ACC recognized three Pitt football players for their performances in Thursday’s home game against Virginia Tech.Senior tackle T.J. Clemmings was named the conference’s Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week, sophomore cornerback Reggie Mitchell was picked as Defensive Back of the Week and redshirt freshm...

Recruit rundown: Tipton scores in three different ways

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

October 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt’s newest commit, Jordan Whitehead, scored three touchdowns in three different ways. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared last weekend. Jordan Whitehead (cornerback) ­— Central Valley High School, Pa.Central Valley remained undefeated at 8-0, defeating Hopewell 57-7. Whitehead s...

Chad Voytik

Chad Voytik

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Chad Voytik led Pitt in rushing on Thursday.

Expanded playbook improves Voytik’s offensive production

Expanded playbook improves Voytik’s offensive production

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

October 19, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Chad Voytik’s first six career starts have been inconsistent, to say the least. There have been flashes of potential thrown alongside ill-advised decisions and overthrown passes, as well as plays that broke down because Voytik was trying too hard to create high-risk plays when no clear pass existed.D...

Chad Voytik

Chad Voytik

By Zach Schaffer / Staff Photographer

October 16, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Chad Voytik set a career high in rushing yards in Thursday's win over Virginia Tech.

Running wild: Chad Voytik, James Conner combine for 203 rushing yards in Pitt win

Running wild: Chad Voytik, James Conner combine for 203 rushing yards in Pitt win

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 16, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

History would suggest that the Pitt students swaying in Thursday’s overcast weather singing “Sweet Caroline” would leave shortly after the song. But running back James Conner burst into the end zone just minutes after the sing-along ended to give Pitt a 21-9 lead over Virginia Tech, ensuring that the...

Running hard

Running hard

By Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

October 15, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner (24) looks to use his bruising running style to his advantage against Virginia Tech's defense.

Pitt looks to get on track against hurting Hokies

Pitt looks to get on track against hurting Hokies

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 15, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

When head coach Paul Chryst arrived at Pitt in 2012, he brought with him plans to develop a Midwest-style football team, meaning that, in some cases, he’d choose to sacrifice speed for size among his players.Chryst has now cultivated three recruiting classes, and his Panthers are finally gaining recognition for being a grind-it-...

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 13, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Paul Chryst and the Panthers have fallen to 3-3 on the season, and play Virginia Tech on Thursday.

Notebook: Conner could see defensive snaps Thursday

Notebook: Conner could see defensive snaps Thursday

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

October 13, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

After a week and a half off, the Pitt football team returns to action against Virginia Tech at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Heinz Field in a nationally-broadcastgame on ESPN.While the team is on a three-game losing streak, sophomore running back James Conner says the season isn’t lost for the Panthers.“[We...

Pitt vs. Penn State

Pitt vs. Penn State

By MCT Campus

October 7, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt will renew its series with Penn State, beginning in the 2016 season.

Revenge tour? Youngstown St., Iowa, Akron announced as non-conference opponents for 2015

Revenge tour? Youngstown St., Iowa, Akron announced as non-conference opponents for 2015

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 7, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt announced its non-conference football schedule for the 2015 and 2016 seasons Tuesday.In the 2015 season, Pitt will play home games against Youngstown State (Sept. 5) and Notre Dame (Nov. 7), according to an Athletic Department release. Pitt’s away non-conference games will include Akron (Sept. ...

Penalties again Pitt’s downfall as it loses third straight game

Penalties again Pitt’s downfall as it loses third straight game

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

October 5, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Late in Pitt football’s game against the University of Virginia, a home fan sitting below the press box had a message for the players on the field.“Show some discipline,” he said.His plea came after a skirmish involving players from both teams, but on a night when one of its starting offensive linemen sa...

Football

Football

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 2, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

After losing its last two games, the football team travels to Virginia for a game Saturday night.

Panthers must beat Virginia to stop two-game skid

Panthers must beat Virginia to stop two-game skid

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Photographer

October 2, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team jumped out to a 3-0 start by piecing together near-perfect performances that were highlighted by the national emergence of running back James Conner and a swarming defensive presence.But the Panthers’ on-field identity has changed for the worse in recent weeks. Teams have thinned Conner’s producti...

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

By Bobby Mizia / Visual Editor

September 29, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

After a 3-0 start, Paul Chryst and the Pitt football team has lost two straight games.

Notebook: Chryst talks Akron loss, explains Garner’s comment

Notebook: Chryst talks Akron loss, explains Garner’s comment

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 29, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

After Pitt’s all-around dismal performance in a 21-10 loss to Akron Saturday, wide receiver Manasseh Garner confidently told reporters something that turned heads and enraged many members of Pitt’s fanbase.“We don’t play for the fans,” Garner said. “We play for each other and for our families. That...

Recruit Rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Quadree Henderson was excellent this week, scoring touchdowns two different ways. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits performed. Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School, OhioAustintown Fitch beat Boardman 31-5. Hall accumulated 19 yards on 5 carries, though he left ...

Football drops second straight game, splits non-conference schedule

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 27, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Five weeks have passed since the start of the college football season, and it’s safe to say that all Division I teams are now in mid-season form.With that, Pitt has learned a lot about itself as a team, and, after dropping its game to Iowa last week 24-20 and bowing to Akron Saturday 21-10, the Pa...

Football

Football

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

September 25, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

After losing its first game to Iowa, Pitt now plays Akron, which has the 33rd passing offense in the FBS.

Pitt to face pass-happy Akron after losing its first game

Pitt to face pass-happy Akron after losing its first game

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 25, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Broken by separate calamities years ago, Pitt’s and Penn State’s football programs may have stopped the bleeding. Both teams now appear to be on the winning track, and Pitt fans finally get an opportunity to see how their Panthers (3-1, 1-0 ACC) might match up against the 4-0 Nittany Lions when mut...

Notebook: Conner continues run into national prominence

Notebook: Conner continues run into national prominence

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 22, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Led by running back James Conner, Pitt succeeded in its first three games of the 2014 season because of a powerful ground attack.During Saturday’s 24-20 loss to Iowa, the Panthers suffered because of the predictability of their reliance on that aspect of the offense. They went to Conner a lot in the fi...

Sheard highlights down week for former Panthers

Sheard highlights down week for former Panthers

By Jack DeMarco / Staff Writer

September 22, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The performances by former Pitt players in the NFL during week 3 of the season were anticlimactic. Jabaal Sheard, a Cleveland Browns linebacker, led the underwhelming group of former Panthers with a respectable outing. Altogether, Sheard finished his bout against the Baltimore Ravens with five tackles and ...

Pitt football should utilize all of its weapons on offense

Pitt football should utilize all of its weapons on offense

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

September 21, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

After a 24-20 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes, Pitt head football coach Paul Chryst described the contest in one sentence.“I don’t think anybody in this game was trying to fool anybody,” said Chryst, whose Panthers fell to 3-1 on the season after being outscored 17-3 in the second half of Saturday’s...

Hall highlights weekly football recruit rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 21, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt’s two running back commits, Darrin Hall and Sekai Lindsay, had standout efforts on the ground this weekend. Here’s how they and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared.Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School, OhioHall ran for 159 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in a 42-32 win over Do...

Pitt falters in second half, loses 24-20 to Iowa

Pitt falters in second half, loses 24-20 to Iowa

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Something changed at halftime for the Pitt football team.Quarterback Chad Voytik summed up the first halfof the game Saturday, not just for the offense but the team as a whole.“We were rolling pretty good,” Voytik said.But after scoring 17 points and holding Iowa to just seven over the first two q...

Pitt ground game to collide with stout Iowa run defense

Pitt ground game to collide with stout Iowa run defense

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 18, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football game on Saturday will be a study in contrasts.  Pitt (3-0, 1-0 ACC) plays Iowa (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten) at Heinz Field in a matchup between two teams with opposite strengths that could end up attracting a close final score.On one side, Pitt head coach Paul Chryst has a unique weapon in ru...

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

By MCT Campus

September 16, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

LeSean McCoy contributed to a comeback win for the Philadelphia Eagles Monday night.

Fitzgerald regains form, McCoy solid again in NFL

Fitzgerald regains form, McCoy solid again in NFL

By Jack DeMarco / Staff Writer

September 16, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

 While some former Pitt stars like Larry Fitzgerald got back on track Sunday, others, like Aaron Donald, regressed slightly after excellent week-one performances.After a dismal outing in the season opener, Larry Fitzgerald improved dramatically for the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. The 11th year wide r...

Conner big again, while defense manages youth

Conner big again, while defense manages youth

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 15, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Conner carries the teamComing into the season, football fans knew that Pitt had two dangerous offensive threats: running back James Conner and receiver Tyler Boyd.It’s now week four, and one of those threats, Conner, has more carries (81) than any other player from a Power 5 conference, while Boyd has just 11 catches.P...

Football recruit rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 14, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Nick Bowers and Tre Tipton faced off in a thrilling overtime battle on Friday, with Tipton putting together a record-setting performance. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared in last week’s games.Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School, OhioHall ran 10 times for 27 yards, as Aus...

Football, volleyball continue strong start to seasons

Football, volleyball continue strong start to seasons

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 14, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Many of Pitt’s varsity teams were in action over the weekend. Here’s a recap of their performances. Football fell behind early to Florida International University, which scored 16 straight points in the first quarter. But Pitt (3-0) responded with a scoring run of its own, registering 24 unansw...

Pitt erases early mistakes, pulls away from FIU

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 13, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Overcoming a 16-point first quarter deficit, the Pitt football team defeated Florida International University in Miami.The game on Saturday afternoon featured sloppy play from both sides, with James Conner fumbling twice in the first quarter, Chad Voytik throwing an interception in the second and Fl...

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns

By MCT Campus

September 11, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports

K'Waun Williams and Jabaal Sheard are both on the Cleveland Browns' roster.

Former Pitt teammates reunited in NFL

Former Pitt teammates reunited in NFL

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports

Jabaal Sheard has had his fair share of memorable NFL experiences in his four seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He has been named to the All-Rookie team, sacked Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks and recorded 22 sacks in 46 career games from the 2011 season until now.Still, there is one aspect of being in the...

Chryst, Pitt try to stay focused on FIU Saturday

Chryst, Pitt try to stay focused on FIU Saturday

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Sports

It’s no secret that Florida International — Pitt’s opponent this Saturday — was a bad football team last year, and it only projects to finish this season as another bad football team.It’s interesting, too. The program has gained almost as much national recognition in recent years for being so, we...

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

By MCT Campus

September 9, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

LeSean McCoy had an average day in the Eagles season-opening win.

Donald shines, Street makes first catch in NFL debuts

Donald shines, Street makes first catch in NFL debuts

By Jack DeMarco / Staff Writer

September 9, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

To no one’s surprise, workhorse and defensive superstar Aaron Donald led the pack of Panthers in the NFL with a strong opening day performance. Just as Donald dominated the trenches for the Pitt defense a year ago, he showed up in convincing fashion for the struggling St. Louis Rams in his debut....

Trio of Panthers receive weekly conference accolades

Trio of Panthers receive weekly conference accolades

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 8, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

For the second week in a row, the ACC honored James Conner for his performance over the weekend. This time, he had the company of some teammates. In the Panthers’ first ACC game this season, vs. Boston College, the sophomore running back powered his way to 214 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries ...

Hornibrook highlights week two recruiting recap

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 8, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Quarterback commit Alex Hornibrook had a standout game over the weekend, leading Malvern Prep to a 40-14 victory. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s recruits fared last week. Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School, OhioAustintown Fitch romped Cardinal Newman 51-12. Hall carri...

Notebook: Paul Chryst reflects on play of defensive ends

Notebook: Paul Chryst reflects on play of defensive ends

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 8, 2014


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Last season, a lackluster showing from Pitt’s defensive ends was masked by the presence of All-American defensive tackle Aaron Donald.Donald is now a starter in the NFL, and Pitt’s ends are doing just fine.Senior David Durham leads the Panthers’ ends with six tackles, and redshirt freshman Luk...

Just two weeks in, offensive line deals with injury woes

Just two weeks in, offensive line deals with injury woes

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 7, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

With the news coming out Sunday that redshirt junior center Artie Rowell will miss the rest of this season, after tearing his left ACL, what effect his loss will have on Pitt’s offensive output has become a topic of discussion.In their two opening games, the Panthers have rushed for a combined 712 yar...

Conner leads way, as Pitt wins ACC opener

Conner leads way, as Pitt wins ACC opener

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 6, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Chestnut Hill, Mass. –  It seemed as though the public address announcer in Boston College’s press box kept saying the same thing over and over throughout Pitt’s game here.“Conner with the carry,” the emotionless voice would intone over the speakers inside Alumni Stadium.Other times it wasn...

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

By Sheldon Satenstein / Assistant Visual Editor

September 4, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Paul Chryst and QB Chad Voytik prepare for Boston College Friday.

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