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Takeaways from Pitt’s near upset of Notre Dame

Takeaways from Pitt’s near upset of Notre Dame

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

In a close game, Pitt pulled off another near upset against the Fighting Irish. Though there was struggles in both the offense and the defense, three key takeaways stuck out. From Kessman's kicks to Pickett's passes, there are aspects of both defense and offense that can be improved upon.

Panthers to bring the fight to Fighting Irish

Panthers to bring the fight to Fighting Irish

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 11, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After a successful game that saw many great things from both offense and defense, the Panthers seem to have had a huge confidence boost. But, the Panthers must prepare for a tough game against the Fighting Irish that requires the offensive line to capitalize.

Panthers look to snap UCF’s 16-game win streak

Panthers look to snap UCF’s 16-game win streak

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After Pitt's lost to UNC last week, the team has a lot to focus on. In order to keep up with the University of Central Florida on Saturday, Pitt will really have to work on their offense. Unfortunately, it looks like this week's game will end in a lost to UCF.

Photos: Pitt Football vs. Georgia Tech

Photos: Pitt Football vs. Georgia Tech

By Sarah Cutshall and Thomas Yang

September 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Pitt fans witnessed a complete turn-around of Panther football. Exhibiting a major improvement from last week’s game against Penn State, the Panthers showed promise both offensively and defensively in a home game against Georgia Tech — maintaining a consistent lead througho...

Column: There’s more to blame for Pitt’s loss than sloppy conditions

Column: There’s more to blame for Pitt’s loss than sloppy conditions

By Griffin Floyd, For the Pitt News

September 11, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The rivalry game that occurred on Saturday had many takeaways for the Panthers. Not only were the conditions bad for playing, but the offensive and defensive lines both fell short. With this culmination of mistakes, the Panthers have a lot to learn from and will need to improve if they look to have a successful season.

Watson’s west coast approach works for the Panthers

Watson’s west coast approach works for the Panthers

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 4, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The real MVP of Saturday's game was offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, who brought balance and consistency to the Pitt offense.

Gallery: Spring Blue and Gold game

Gallery: Spring Blue and Gold game

By Thomas Yang | Visual Editor

April 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

The Panthers split their football team into Blue and Gold sides Saturday afternoon for their annual Spring Game, a contest in which neither offense looked exceptional. It proved fitting that a defensive touchdown — junior defensive back Dane Jackson’s 60-yard interception-turned-touchdown — handed...

Pickett proves worth as rising Panthers star

Pickett proves worth as rising Panthers star

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

March 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

First-year Kenny Pickett wasn’t supposed to take a snap last year, much less lead the team to the biggest win of the season. As the third-string quarterback for the Pitt football team entering the 2017 season, he was firmly entrenched behind redshirt senior Max Browne and sophomore Ben DiNucci. The expec...

Pitt brings new quarterback to town

Pitt brings new quarterback to town

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football midyear junior college enrollee Ricky Town comes to Oakland with three years of college experience spanning three different schools. But despite his winding journey across college football, the quarterback has yet to play a single snap of Division I football. Town was aggressively...

Reporter’s notebook: Reflecting on Pitt’s football season

Reporter’s notebook: Reflecting on Pitt’s football season

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 28, 2017


Filed under Football

As I watched the Panthers upset No. 7 Miami to close out their season, I had the same thought as I did coming into the season — this team will be good. Covering the Panther football team this year was as uneven as the team’s performance. Early on, I realized the team needed to make strides al...

Pitt upsets No. 2 Miami, 24-14, to finish season

Pitt upsets No. 2 Miami, 24-14, to finish season

By David Leftwich / Senior Staff Writer

November 24, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Playing the spoiler role for a second straight season, the Panthers pulled off their biggest upset win of the year conquering the previously undefeated No. 2 Miami Hurricanes 24-14 at Heinz Field. Marking its second straight year with a late-season victory against a top-three team, Pitt football (5-...

Preview: Hurricanes to blow away Panthers

Preview: Hurricanes to blow away Panthers

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

The Pitt football team has one game remaining to resurrect a season defined by missed opportunities. The Panthers’ bowl hopes are over, meaning they are motivated by just one thing — ruining their opponent’s perfect season. Pitt (4-7 overall, 2-5 ACC) hosts No. 2 Miami (10-0 overall, 7-0 ACC) Frida...

Pickett Pitt’s only promising prospect

Pickett Pitt’s only promising prospect

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 19, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s heartbreaking 20-14 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday brought their season record to 4-7, while also disqualifying them from bowl contention for the first time since 2007. The loss also overshadowed what should have been an exciting occasion — the emergence of first-year ...

Hokies crush Panthers’ bowl hopes, win 20-14

Hokies crush Panthers’ bowl hopes, win 20-14

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

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...

Press conference: Narduzzi confident in QB choices

Press conference: Narduzzi confident in QB choices

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 16, 2017


Filed under Football

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...

Browne out for the season following injury

Browne out for the season following injury

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

October 12, 2017


Filed under Football

Redshirt senior quarterback Max Browne is out for the remainder of the football season after sustaining an injury to his throwing arm Saturday, Oct. 7, in the loss to Syracuse. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi announced the end of Browne’s season Thursday afternoon. Browne underwent surgery Wednesday morn...

‘DiNucci is the guy’: Narduzzi announces quarterback changes

‘DiNucci is the guy’: Narduzzi announces quarterback changes

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 9, 2017


Filed under Football

Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi named redshirt sophomore Ben DiNucci as Saturday’s starting quarterback in Monday’s press conference. Redshirt senior Max Browne sustained an injury to his throwing arm in the weekend’s loss to Syracuse. Unsure of how long that injury will put him out, Na...

Pitt football team adds 22nd member to 2017 recruiting class

Pitt football team adds 22nd member to 2017 recruiting class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Pitt football team’s 2017 recruiting class continues to take shape, as a new member joined the class Wednesday — marking the second commit in two days. Michael Smith, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound wide receiver from Vero Beach, Florida, verbally committed Wednesday to join the Panthers for the 201...

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Kenny Pickett

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Kenny Pickett

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Kenny Pickett is quick to commit. The 6-foot-3, 191-pound quarterback from Oakhurst, New Jersey, announced his intention to join the Pitt football team’s 2017 recruiting class on June 3. He didn’t wait to make it official either, as he’s one of five 2017 recruits who chose to get a head ...

Pitt football 2017 recruiting class gains two new commits, loses one

Pitt football 2017 recruiting class gains two new commits, loses one

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 21, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football’s 2017 recruiting class gained two new verbal commitments and lost one this past week. Three-star running back Todd Sibley and two-star offensive lineman Owen Drexel announced their intentions to join the Panthers in 2017 on June 15. On June 20, three-star cornerback Exree Loe rescin...

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