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Panthers ride key conference win into battle with Tar Heels

The North Carolina Tar Heels defeated Pitt 34-31 in the team’s matchup at Heinz Field last November.

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 21, 2018

After a 34-31 loss to UNC last season, Pitt will look to make a comeback this weekend. With sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett at the head of the offensive line, Pitt's options are wide open. And, continue their good work, the Panther defensive will continue to buckle down.

DiNucci announces transfer from Pitt

Redshirt sophomore Ben DiNucci has announced he will be transferring from Pitt in January. (Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 14, 2017

Backup Pitt quarterback Ben Dinucci has announced his decision to transfer, according to a Tweet posted Thursday afternoon. The redshirt sophomore and Pine-Richland High School graduate announced, with two years of eligibility left, he will be moving to an undisclosed school in January of 2018. ...

Hokies crush Panthers’ bowl hopes, win 20-14

The Pitt football team reacts to losing the game after Virginia Tech stopped the Panthers at the goal-line. (Photo by John Hamilton | Managing Editor)

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 18, 2017

The Pitt football team couldn’t convert on four straight plays at the goal line with a minute to go in the fourth quarter — losing 20-14 to the Virginia Tech Hokies and any chance at a bowl game. “We’re on the 1-yard line, we’ve got four tries, we’ve got to score,” first-year quarterbac...

Panthers make fatal mistakes against Tar Heels

Junior running back Darrin Hall scored four touchdowns in the Panthers’ 34-31 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels. (Photo by John Hamilton | Managing Editor)

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 13, 2017

A kickoff returned for a touchdown, a fumble near the goal line and a trick play touchdown may have been the biggest plays of the day Thursday — and they all went against the Panther football team. A late touchdown by the North Carolina Tar Heels was the final blow to the Panther football team Thu...

Panthers pummel Virginia 31-14, extend winning streak

Redshirt senior wide receiver Jester Weah scored the Panthers' second touchdown of the Saturday, Oct. 28, game. (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

October 28, 2017

The Cavaliers lined up at the Panthers’ 1-yard line, prepared to close their deficit, but the Pitt defense held steady, effectively eradicating Virginia’s chance of winning. The Panthers stood victorious when the game ended, 31-14. “We focused on two major things today, running the ball and st...

Press conference: Panthers need to produce more ACC success

Head coach Pat Narduzzi praised running back Darrin Hall’s performance in his press conference Monday. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Luke Baloga | For The Pitt News

October 23, 2017

Though Pitt football secured its first ACC victory of the season Saturday against Duke, head coach Pat Narduzzi won’t be satisfied with one good game. In his weekly press conference Monday, Narduzzi addressed a successful run game as well as subtle changes on the offensive side of the ball. However, he emphasized that, regardless of the team’s success in one game,...

Prediction: Blue Devils’ defense too much for Panthers

Quadree Henderson rushed for 73 yards during Pitt’s 56-14 victory against Duke last year. (Photo by Jordan Mondell | Contributing Editor)

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

October 20, 2017

In the Panthers’ upcoming football game against Duke, both teams will be battling fiercely to bring back a sense of pride. Pitt (2-5 overall, 0-3 ACC) will try to reestablish confidence in the coaching staff’s decision-making, as the Blue Devils (4-3 overall, 1-3 ACC) look to snap a three-game lo...

Press conference: Narduzzi confident in QB choices

Head coach Pat Narduzzi paces the sidelines during Pitt’s 35-17 loss to NC State Saturday. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 17, 2017

Following another underwhelming performance at home against a top 25 football team, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi was adamant Monday that things don’t always go according to plan. Narduzzi pulled redshirt sophomore quarterback Ben DiNucci in the third quarter of Saturday’s loss to North Carolin...

Wolfpack devours Panthers, 35-17

Pitt running back Darrin Hall is brought down by NC State during Pitt's 35-17 loss Saturday. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Jordan Mondell and Mackenzie Rodrigues | TPN Staff

October 14, 2017

Homecoming weekend will not see any victory lights as the Pitt football team fell to No. 20 NC State at Heinz Field Saturday. Outfitted in retro royal blue and maize, the Panthers kept up with their opponent for the first half, but the Wolfpack broke away to a 35-17 win after lapses in defense and...

Prediction: NC State Wolfpack to win

Jordan Whitehead rushed for 73 yards and made one touchdown in the Syracuse game Saturday, Oct. 7. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer)

By Alex Lehmbeck | For The Pitt News

October 12, 2017

When the Panthers host No. 20 North Carolina State for Pitt’s homecoming game Saturday, the odds are certainly against Pitt to come out with a win. A three-point loss to Syracuse brought the Panthers’ (2-4, 0-2 ACC) ugly season to a midway point. Shortly after reemerging as Pitt’s starting quarterback, redshirt ...

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