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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. 
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.
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.
Dr. Freddie Fu, a pioneering orthopedic surgeon renowned locally and internationally for innovative Achilles tendon treatments and worked as the lead physician for Pitt athletics, died last Friday at the age of 70 at a UPMC hospice facility, surrounded by family.

Pitt athletics figures grieve, remember late Dr. Freddie Fu

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor September 29, 2021
Leading figures from the Pittsburgh sports community and Pitt athletics came together to express messages of grief and appreciation for Dr. Freddie Fu, the pioneering orthopedic surgeon who passed away last weekend at the age of 70.
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.
The Pitt Panthers (2-1, 0-0 ACC) were defeated by the Western Michigan Broncos (2-1, 0-0 MAC) on Saturday afternoon in a 44-41 upset victory.

‘They are who we think they are’: WMU loss mars hopeful start for Pitt

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor September 19, 2021
Pitt’s defeat to Western Michigan this weekend was more than just their first notch in the loss column. The Panthers’ pride and momentum was wounded and to get back on track, their play needs drastic improvement.
Pitt football hasn’t won more than eight games in a season since 2009, but this might be the season they end the double-digit win drought, argues senior staff writer Kyle Saxon.

Column | For Pitt football, the next step is right now

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer September 14, 2021
Pitt football hasn’t won more than eight games in a season since 2009, but senior staff writer Kyle Saxon argues this might be the season they end the double-digit win drought. The Tennessee win built momentum, and now is the time to capitalize.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett in action at last Saturday’s game against UMass.

Pitt pulls out a win in Johnny Majors Classic, defeating Tennessee 41-34

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor September 11, 2021
The Panthers (2-0, 0-0 ACC) took down the Tennessee Volunteers (1-1, 0-0 SEC) 41-34 on Saturday as Kenny Pickett threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns. 
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