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Pitt cornerback Jason Pinnock (15) tries to stop Virginia wide receiver Hasise Dubois (8) reaching for the end zone for a touchdown during Pitt’s game against the Virginia Cavaliers in September 2019.

Pitt welcomes Virginia to town with Coastal title on the line

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor November 19, 2021
When the Virginia Cavaliers (6-4, 4-2 ACC) come to Heinz Field on Saturday, the Coastal Division title is up for grabs. With a win, Pitt will clinch the Coastal and book a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the ACC Championship Game.
Kenny Pickett (8) runs with the ball at a game against Western Michigan at Heinz Field on Sept. 18.

Pickett named top-five finalist for prestigious Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor November 19, 2021
The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award voting committee named redshirt quarterback Kenny Pickett to the short list of five finalists. The committee awards the honor to the nation’s best upperclass quarterback that is graduating with their class.
Kenny Pickett (8) throws the ball during the Pitt vs. UNH game on Sept. 25 at Heinz Field.

Pitt super seniors look to avenge 2018 team, win ACC Championship

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor November 17, 2021
When walking into Pitt football’s practice facility on the South Side, the number of and the notoriety of the awards dotting the walls is staggering — a Heisman trophy, a Biletnikoff award, national championship trophies and a 2018 Coastal Division title trophy. But one award has eluded the Pitt football program — an ACC Championship.
Pitt jumped five spots from No. 25 to 20 in the latest Associated Press top 25 football poll.

Pitt claws way back into top 20, comes in at No. 20 in AP, No. 18 in CFP polls

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor November 17, 2021
Pitt jumped five spots from No. 25 to 20 in the latest Associated Press top 25 football poll. The jump comes on the coattails of the Panthers’ overtime victory over the UNC Tar Heels last Thursday. Baylor, who moved up seven spots to No. 11, was the only team that jumped more spots than the Panthers this week.
Quarterback Sam Howell, pictured, and the UNC Tar Heels will come to Heinz Field to take on the Panthers on Thursday evening.

Pitt prepares for clash of highly touted prospects Pickett, Howell

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor November 9, 2021
Pitt (7-2, 4-1 ACC) will welcome the UNC Tar Heels (5-4, 3-3 ACC) to Heinz Field this Thursday for another ACC battle. The two teams are both coming off of wins, but have quick turnarounds for the game on Thursday. Pitt wasted no time getting back to work and started preparing Sunday, according to head coach Pat Narduzzi.
Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi.

Pitt football jumps back into AP Top 25 after beating Duke

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor November 9, 2021
Pitt came in at No. 25 in the weekly Associated Press Top-25 football rankings. The AP ranked Pitt at No. 17 two weeks ago, but fell out of the poll after its loss to Miami. After taking down Duke over the weekend, the Panthers earned their way back into the poll.
Redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) looks to throw the ball at the Pitt vs. Miami game.

‘We control our own destiny’: Panthers destroy Duke 54-29

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor November 6, 2021
The Panthers (7-2, 4-1 ACC) took down the Blue Devils (3-6, 0-5 ACC) 54-29.
Duke quarterback Gunnar Holmberg (12) throws the ball during the first half of a game against Wake Forest University at Wake Forest’s Truist Field in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Saturday.

Preview | Panthers look to move on from Miami, bounce back against Duke

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor November 4, 2021
Narduzzi and the coaching staff have had a goal to go “1-0” each week — this week it’s the Duke Blue Devils standing in their way of doing so.
Pitt Panther Davis Beville (17) takes off his helmet during the Pitt vs. UNH game in September at Heinz Field.

Pitt falls out of AP top 25, comes in at No. 25 in first CFP rankings

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor November 2, 2021
Pitt came in at No. 25 in the College Football Playoff voting committee’s first poll of the season on Tuesday. The Associated Press did not rank Pitt in their weekly poll, released Sunday. The AP ranked Pitt at No. 17 entering last week, but fell out after its loss to Miami.
Pitt’s redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) throws the ball to Pitt’s Jared Wayne (5), junior wide receiver, at Saturday’s game against the University of Miami at Heinz Field.

Takeaways | Panthers still in position to have a historic season

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor October 31, 2021
A striking and disappointing reality struck Pitt fans Saturday when the Hurricanes took down the Panthers — this team is not, and never was, a team destined for the College Football Playoff. What Panther fans need to realize is, that’s okay.
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