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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 26, 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 26, 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 19, 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 16, 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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 9, 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 9, 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 9, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

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 8, 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.

Pitt and Boston College share Big East history

Pitt and Boston College share Big East history

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 4, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The last — and only — time Paul Chryst and Steve Addazio matched up against each other as head coaches, Chryst led his Pitt team to a 47-17 win in 2012.Addazio was with Temple at the time. He’s now in his second season leading the Boston College football team, and can’t wait to get another cra...

Conner, Rotheram awarded weekly ACC honors

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

September 2, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The praise keeps coming for Pitt football following its 62-0 win against Delaware.Sophomore running back James Conner and senior offensive guard Matt Rotheram were given weekly ACC honors for their performances in the season opener, according to a release from E.J. Borghetti, Pitt’s Associate Athletic Di...

For Chryst, emphasis on run game

For Chryst, emphasis on run game

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 1, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

Since Pitt football coach Paul Chryst joined the Panthers in 2012, he’s preached to his players many blue-collar expressions, which have become part of the daily locker room dialogue.One of the most popular phrases among players is “just do your assignment.”Pitt’s offense did exactly that in Sat...

Football recruit rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 1, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football has 13 commits in its 2015 class. Here’s how they and their teams performed last week.Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School , OhioOn the way to a 49-14 victory over Warren Harding, Hall ran 16 times for 160 yards and a 35-yard touchdown.Nick Bowers (tight end) — Kittanning Senior Hi...

Fowl play: Pitt cooks Blue Hens

Fowl play: Pitt cooks Blue Hens

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

August 30, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team knew the importance of doing well right from the start in its season opener.“A team like this, they look at this as one of their biggest games of the year,” redshirt junior center Artie Rowell said. “So from the other side of that, if you can go out first drive: run the bal...

Pitt Football 2014 Season Opener

Pitt Football 2014 Season Opener

By Sheldon Satenstein / Assistant Visual Editor

August 30, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Defensive lineman David Durham sacks Delaware QB Trent Hurley.

Heinz Field

Heinz Field

By Bobby Mizia / Visual Editor

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Students take shuttles, buses, and light rail to get to games.

Getting to Heinz Field on gameday

Getting to Heinz Field on gameday

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Footballpreview2014, Sports

Veteran Pitt football game attendees may have familiar and trusted strategies for the best routes to and from Heinz Field. For newcomers, here’s a rundown of travel options, if you’re not fortunate enough to have a car on campus. The simplest way to attend the games is via the free Pitt shuttle...

Panther Pitt

Panther Pitt

By Bobby Mizia / Visual Editor

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Students tailgate before games to get excited for the main event.

Pro tips on how to best tailgate before Pitt games

Pro tips on how to best tailgate before Pitt games

By Jack Demarco / Staff Writer

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Footballpreview2014, Sports

Tailgating has long been a pregame pastime at football games but it’s more than just flipping burgers. It’s a custom with rules and a loose code of unwritten rules, like “don’t park near a port-a-potty,” for obvious reasons. For the tailgating community, showcasing one’s passion for the team...

Adam Bisnowaty

Adam Bisnowaty

By Sheldon Satenstein / Assistant Visual Editor

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Adam Bisnowaty and the rest of the offensive line look to protect new QB Chad Voytik better this season.

Brick Wall? Offensive line looks to improve with new QB

Brick Wall? Offensive line looks to improve with new QB

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Footballpreview2014, Sports

T.J. Clemmings knows what a difference one season makes.The redshirt senior offensive lineman spent last year learning a new position after switching sides of the ball at the end of 2012. The move was prompted by a conversation with head coach Paul Chryst immediately following the team’s 27-3 win at...

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

By Bobby Mizia / Visual Editor

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Head Coach Paul Chryst eyes his second straight winning season.

Boston College, Iowa headline first-half football schedule

Boston College, Iowa headline first-half football schedule

By Jack DeMarco / Staff Writer

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Footballpreview2014, Sports

The 2014-2015 Pitt football season is noteworthy because the team has an opportunity to exceed a .500 regular season record, which hasn’t happened in four years. At first glance, it’s easy to suggest a majority of the schedule is winnable. The upcoming season is constructed like a bumpy roller coaster — it c...

Defense

Defense

By Bobby Mizia / Visual Editor

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Ray Vinopal will help lead a young defensive back unit this season.

Young defense prepares for Delaware in season opener

Young defense prepares for Delaware in season opener

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

August 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Footballpreview2014, Sports

As Saturday’s home opener against Delaware approaches for the Pitt football squad, a slight sense of urgency has sparked around its South Side locker room — and rightfully so.Since midsummer, Pitt’s relatively inexperienced defense has become younger and more inexperienced.Defensive end Bryan Murphy left t...

Column: With season approaching, a few Pitt football storylines to track

Column: With season approaching, a few Pitt football storylines to track

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

August 26, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Footballpreview2014, Sports

A football coach’s worst enemy is turnovers, both on the field and off. This offseason, Pitt head football coach Paul Chryst faced the latter type often, losing a large number of key players to graduation. Heading into the 2014 season, Chryst and the Panthers are without the dominant force of All-American defensive lineman Aaro...

Football: Trenton Coles to leave Pitt

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

August 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Redshirt sophomore cornerback Trenton Coles, expected to play a key role on defense this year, will transfer.“I appreciate what he’s done,” head coach Paul Chryst said. “He wants a fresh start, and we’re going to do everything we can to help him get to a good place.”The news came after prac...

Welcome Back: Whether on offense or defense, Conner will be prepared

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Sports

When Pitt football coach Paul Chryst approached running back James Conner about the possibility of also playing defensive end this season, it caught him by surprise. In high school football, it’s common practice for a team’s best players to play extensively on both sides of the ball. But that trend al...

College Sports: Judge rules against NCAA in antitrust case

By MCT Campus

August 8, 2014


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports

OAKLAND, Calif._U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken dealt a major blow Friday afternoon to the NCAA and its long-held value of amateurism, ruling in an antitrust case that the association's policies banning athletes from profiting from their own names, images and likenesses "unreasonably restrain trade."Wil...

Football: Titus Howard suspended for season

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

August 1, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football player Titus Howard will miss all of the 2014 season due to suspension, Pitt Athletics announced on Friday.No reason was given for the disciplinary action. Howard, a sophomore cornerback, will remain with and can continue practicing with the team, but cannot compete in any games.Howard...

Football: Defensive end Ejuan Price to miss 2014 season

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

July 16, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Redshirt junior defensive end Ejuan Price will miss the entire 2014 football season as he recovers from surgery for an injury, Pitt Athletics announced Wednesday.Price tore his left pectoral muscle in a team workout on Monday and will undergo surgery today.This medical setback is the latest for Price, w...

Colllege Sports: Ex-UCLA star O’Bannon takes stand in antitrust suit vs. NCAA

By Lee Romney and David Wharton / MCT Campus

June 10, 2014


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports

Oakland, Calif.— As a much-anticipated federal trial began here Monday, the walls that have long separated college athletes from the riches of a multibillion-dollar sports enterprise began to show some cracks.The occasion was the opening of an antitrust lawsuit filed on behalf of current and former men’s b...

Freshmen football players join the Panthers

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports

Pitt football has finished the last two seasons with a combined record of 13-13, so why should fans be optimistic?Coach Paul Chryst’s steady improvement of the football program may not be obvious, but after examining his second recruiting class, it’s hard to ignore the depth the coach added this o...

Football: Former Pitt punter gets NFL shot with Atlanta

Football: Former Pitt punter gets NFL shot with Atlanta

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

When he found out that he would be a professional football player, Matt Yoklic and his family were watching TV.It was Saturday evening on May 10. The NFL draft had ended, and the former Pitt punter, his parents and two brothers were at home in their family room in Gibsonia, Pa., watching something el...

Football: Aaron Donald selected in NFL Draft by St. Louis Rams

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 9, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Football, Sports

On Thursday night, Aaron Donald became the first Pitt football player taken in this year’s NFL Draft.The St. Louis Rams picked the defensive lineman 13th, ending a two-year period when no Panthers heard their names called by commissioner Roger Goodell at the event.Donald’s selection marks the hig...

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