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Pitt football came in at No. 23 in the country in the latest Associated Press top-25 college football poll.

Panthers ranked No. 23 in AP top-25 poll

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor October 17, 2021
Pitt football came in at No. 23 in the country in the latest Associated Press top-25 college football poll. This is the first time the Panthers have been ranked all season.
Sophomore running back Israel Abanikanda (2) carries the football against the New Hampshire Wildcats at Heinz Field on Sept. 25.

Panthers go down to Blacksburg and make a statement, defeat Hokies 28-7

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor October 16, 2021
The Panthers (5-1, 2-0 ACC) hit the road for a game with major implications and dominated the Virginia Tech Hokies (3-3, 1-1 ACC).
Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi spoke to the media on Monday to preview the Panthers upcoming matchup with Virginia Tech.

Narduzzi talks defending the RPO and preparing for ACC road test against Virginia Tech

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor October 12, 2021
Head coach Pat Narduzzi took time to address the status of the team at his weekly press conference on Monday. 
Kenny Pickett eludes the defensive rush at the Pitt vs. Western Michigan game.

Column | ‘Kenny Heisman’ no longer a playful nickname as Pickett builds case

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer October 12, 2021
“Kenny Heisman” was formerly just a playful nickname for Pitt super-senior quarterback Kenny Pickett. But after his extraordinary start to the season, he’s giving that name life and could be in contention for some of the nation’s most prestigious awards.
Mike Ditka played as tight end for the Pitt Panthers from 1958 to 1960.

Pitt alumni impacting NFL football beyond the gridiron

By Jermaine Sykes , for The Pitt News October 6, 2021
Pitt alumni play every Sunday playing on NFL fields around the country. Several former Panthers impact the sport off the gridiron as well.
Pitt linebacker Chase Pine and P.J. O’Brien walked into the game against New Hampshire on Sept. 25 at Heinz Field.

Column | Pitt’s offensive line is unsung hero in 52-21 win over Georgia Tech

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer October 4, 2021
The Panthers kicked off ACC play on the road Saturday against Georgia Tech. The contest was never in doubt thanks to a stellar performance by the offensive line and timely turnovers created by the defense.
Jordan Addison (3) and Kenny Pickett (8) celebrate the first touchdown at the Oct. 3, 2020 game against NC State.

Pitt, Pickett put the ACC on notice after defeating Georgia Tech 52-21

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor October 2, 2021
The Panthers (4-1, 1-0 ACC) went on the road and drubbed the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-3, 1-2 ACC) with a dominating performance on both sides of the ball.
Fans wonder if Pitt’s defense will live up to their expectations at Saturday’s Pitt vs. GT game. Head coach Pat Narduzzi says defense isn’t just about “schemes” — it’s about “attitudes.”

Preview | ‘Preseason is over’: Panthers to open conference play against Georgia Tech

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor October 1, 2021
The Panthers (3-1, 0-0 ACC) will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, for an ACC tilt with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-2, 1-1 ACC) this Saturday.
Pitt Panther Vincent Davis carries the ball down the sideline during the Pitt vs. UNH football game.

Panthers send message against UNH, gain confidence before ACC play

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor September 28, 2021
Just when it seemed like head coach Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers had shown their true colors, the team put up a dominating performance to draw the fans back in before ACC play. The Panthers (3-1, 0-0 ACC) dominated the UNH Wildcats (3-1, 2-0 CAA) 77-7 on Saturday.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett and tight end Lucus Krull celebrate during Saturdays Homecoming game against the New Hampshire Wildcats at Heinz Field.

Pitt bounces back in dominating fashion on Homecoming, defeating UNH 77-7

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer September 25, 2021
The Panthers (2-1, 0-0 ACC) welcomed the New Hampshire Wildcats to Heinz Field (3-0, 2-0 CAA) for the teams’ second ever meeting — in the first meeting in 2010 the Panthers won 38-16. The Panthers extended their win streak against the Wildcats on Saturday, winning 77-7 and enjoyed a couple of record breaking performances on offense.
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