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Pitt finishes regular season with record-setting 76-61 win vs. Syracuse

Pitt RB James Conner tallied 160 total yards and three touchdowns in Pitt's 76-61 win over Syracuse. Steve Rotstein | Contributing Editor

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

November 26, 2016

The Pitt football team’s high-powered offense and lackluster defense combined to create history at Heinz Field on Saturday. In the highest-scoring game in major college football history, the Panthers capped off their regular season with a 76-61 victory against the Syracuse Orange — their eig...

PREDICTION: Panthers to pull out another close win vs. Cuse

Quadree Henderson (10) earned first-team All-ACC honors as a kick returner and honorable mention as a wide receiver for the 2016-17 season. John Hamilton | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstsein | Sports Editor

November 25, 2016

Two familiar foes riding opposite waves of momentum will collide at Heinz Field on Saturday afternoon in the Pitt football team's regular season finale. The Panthers (7-4 overall, 4-3 ACC) will host the Syracuse Orange (4-7 overall, 2-5 ACC) on Senior Day at 12:30 p.m. looking to cap their regular seas...

James Conner receives Disney Sports Spirit Award

Pitt running back James Conner tallied 160 total yards and three touchdowns in Pitt's 76-61 win over Syracuse. Jordan Mondell | Asst. Visual Editor

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 22, 2016

Disney Sports recognized Pitt running back James Conner for his remarkable comeback season by naming him the recipient of the 2016 Disney Sports Spirit Award Monday afternoon. The award — which Disney Sports Vice President Faron Kelley will present to Conner at The Home Depot College Football Award...

Pitt football decimates Duke in highest scoring game of season, 56-14

James Conner (24) is now the ACC's all-time leader in touchdowns after Saturday's 56-14 game against Duke. John Hamilton | Senior Staff Photographer

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 19, 2016

The last time the Pitt football team broke out its retro uniforms, the Panthers needed every page in their playbook to pull out a win, as a last-second stop sealed the game against Georgia Tech in early October. Donning the royal blue-and-mustard yellow outfits for the second time this season on Sat...

Narduzzi defends conservative play calling vs. Miami

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi defended his decisions to punt the ball away late in the fourth quarter of Pitt's loss vs. Miami on Saturday. Theo Schwarz | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 7, 2016

The Pitt football team and head coach Pat Narduzzi have taken a lot of flak for the way the defense has performed this season, especially when defending opponents’ passing games. Despite the criticism, Narduzzi made a couple of late-game decisions Saturday against Miami that required a lot of f...

Miami squashes Pitt’s division title hopes in 51-28 pounding

Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman threw for 2,855 yards and 27 touchdowns in the 2016 season. Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 5, 2016

Going into Saturday’s game, the Pitt football team had slim hopes of making it to the ACC Championship game. But the Miami Hurricanes extinguished the Panthers’ aspirations in convincing fashion in an excruciating 51-28 win. Miami (5-4 overall, 2-3 ACC) put an end to its four-game losing st...

PREDICTION: Panthers to rebound with rare win vs. Miami

Pitt RB James Conner (24) announced Saturday that he will forgot his senior season and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft. Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 3, 2016

Though there are still four games left in the regular season, the Pitt Panthers and the free-falling Miami Hurricanes –– a team that’s lost its last four games in a row –– will collide in Miami in a must-win battle for both teams on Saturday. The Panthers will enter the 12:30 p.m. matchup c...

Pitt defeats Virginia for third straight win, 45-31

Jordan Whitehead's 59-yard interception return TD gave Pitt its first lead just before halftime in a 45-31 win at Virginia. Pictured vs. Penn State Sept. 10. Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 15, 2016

Saturday’s Pitt-Virginia football game was a tale of two halves. The Panthers (5-2 overall, 2-1 ACC) recovered from a shootout of a first half in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which the two teams scored a combined 63 points, holding the Cavaliers (2-4 overall, 1-1 ACC) to just three second-half...

Pitt falls in 37-36 thriller at North Carolina

James Conner's 130 total yards weren't enough for Pitt in a 37-36 loss at North Carolina (pictured vs. Penn State 9/10).  John Hamilton | Staff Photographer

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

September 24, 2016

North Carolina senior wideout Ryan Switzer might be done terrorizing the Pitt secondary, but on Saturday, he made his final go-around count. Thanks in large part to Switzer’s 16 catches for 208 yards in his last game against the Panthers, Pitt lost a heartbreaker in Chapel Hill. The Panthers (2-2 o...

Friends James Conner and Ryan Switzer ready to compete again Saturday

UNC WR Ryan Switzer (3) torched the Panthers for the fourth year in a row. Jeffrey A. Camarati | Courtesy of UNC Athletics.

By Stephen Caruso | Senior Staff Writer

September 22, 2016

Ryan Switzer’s North Carolina Tar Heels had just wrapped up a perfect 8-0 season in conference play and were 24 hours away from taking on the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 5, 2015. But Switzer was in no mood to celebrate. Earlier that day, he opened his Twitter feed to ...

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