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Takeaways from Pitt’s near upset of Notre Dame

The 61-year-old Whipple, who brings almost 40 years of coaching experience to the table, will look to mentor quarterback Kenny Pickett (pictured) in an effort to revitalize Pitt's 92nd-ranked offense.

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 16, 2018

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

Then-quarterback for Notre Dame DeShone Kizer scores a touchdown on a 2-yard against Pitt in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field Nov. 7, 2015. Notre Dame won 42-30.

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 11, 2018

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

Pitt running back LaRod Stephens-Howling runs for a touchdown against the University of Central Florida during the teams’ most recent match against each other at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL on Oct. 13, 2006. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 28, 2018

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

Redshirt senior running back Qadree Ollison (30) celebrates after running for Pitt's first touchdown against Georgia Tech.

By Sarah Cutshall and Thomas Yang

September 15, 2018

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

Fans watch the game unfold before the Nittany Lions defeated the Panthers with a score of 51-6.

By Griffin Floyd, For the Pitt News

September 11, 2018

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

Redshirt senior wide receiver Rafael Araujo-Lopes scored two receiving touchdowns during Pitt’s season opener against Albany. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 4, 2018

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

Redshirt first-year defensive back Paris Ford (12) runs past redshirt sophomore defensive back Phil Campbell (24) after receiving a punt. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By Thomas Yang | Visual Editor

April 15, 2018

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

First-year quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) rushes past senior NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb (9) and linebacker Jerod Fernandez (4) while playing against NC State Oct. 14, 2017. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

March 21, 2018

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

Ricky Town was recruited for the Panthers’ football team earlier this winter, making Pitt the fourth college he has played for since graduating from high school. (Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics)

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

March 15, 2018

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...

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