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Superlatives highlight highs and lows of 2015 Pitt football season

Superlatives highlight highs and lows of 2015 Pitt football season

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football navigated its shares of peaks and valleys this season, with a 2-4 finish dampening the excitement of a 6-1 start. With so many twists and turns along the way, an effective way to summarize the Pitt football season is through superlatives. These monikers will recognize the apexes and na...

Change-up: five positional switches for Pitt to consider

Change-up: five positional switches for Pitt to consider

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

On Saturday, the Pitt football team couldn’t pull off a monumental upset, falling to the loaded No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 42-30 at Heinz Field. But even with the loss, the Panthers stumbled upon an interesting offensive development. Head coach Pat Narduzzi occasionally used freshman safety ...

Pitt football notebook: Week nine

Pitt football notebook: Week nine

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After Pitt’s 26-19 loss to North Carolina on Thursday knocked the then-No. 23 Panthers out of the AP Top 25 ranking, head coach Pat Narduzzi said the team has already moved on to its next contest. Its schedule doesn’t let up this week, as the Panthers (6-2, 4-1 ACC) host No. 8 Notre Dame (7-1) on ...

Pitt football notebook: Week Five

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 5, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi is coming off of his first conference win as head coach, a 17-13 defensive showcase on the road at Virginia Tech. Now, he aims to keep his players’ confidence in check. Narduzzi emphasized maintaining a down-to-earth mindset despite last week’s win, as well as continuous competition and...

Pitt stymies Virginia Tech on the road with defense, running game

Pitt stymies Virginia Tech on the road with defense, running game

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 3, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

BLACKSBURG, Virginia — Following a loss like the Pitt football team suffered in its last game against Iowa, finishing strong against Virginia Tech this weekend naturally became a point of emphasis. “They got better from last outing,” head coach Pat Narduzzi said. “We didn’t finish it out...

Pitt football notebook: Week three

Pitt football notebook: Week three

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 14, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Before Pitt sets off for Kinnick Stadium, questions about position battles and health linger following a 24-7 win at Akron on Saturday. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi addressed his team’s quarterback controversy, injuries and depth at his weekly press conference Monday at the UPMC Sports Performance...

Quarterback controversy brewing for Pitt after win in Akron

Quarterback controversy brewing for Pitt after win in Akron

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 13, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Doug Flutie or Rob Johnson? Cardale Jones or J.T. Barrett? Nate Peterman or Chad Voytik? Because of a touchdown drive from the backup quarterback to end the first half against Akron on Saturday, Pitt may have the next big quarterback controversy. Pitt’s coaching staff pulled Voytik, the junior starter ...

Pitt Football Notebook: Narduzzi reflects on debut

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 7, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming off of a close 45-37 first week victory over Youngstown State University, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi had plenty to talk about in his weekly press conference. While the main takeaway was running back James Conner’s season-ending knee injury, Narduzzi tackled plenty of other topics on Monda...

Pitt Football Training Camp Notebook: Aug. 10

Pitt Football Training Camp Notebook: Aug. 10

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

With a new head coach in Pat Narduzzi, an exciting crop of recruits, an electrifying offense and a new catch phrase to boot, Pitt football players are feeling that the 2015 season might be “it” for Pitt. After a long offseason, the Panthers opened up their first training camp of the season on Monday ...

Coordinating success: New OC and QB coach Jim Chaney builds a relationship with Chad Voytik on and off the field

Coordinating success: New OC and QB coach Jim Chaney builds a relationship with Chad Voytik on and off the field

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

April 13, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

Throughout his lengthy coaching career, new Pitt offensive coordinator Jim Chaney has transformed quarterbacks from unheralded into unstoppable. At Pitt, he is hoping to do the same with redshirt junior quarterback Chad Voytik.The star pupil of Chaney’s that comes to mind is Drew Brees, a record sette...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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