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Football Takeaways: Pitt needs more offense, less mistakes

Junior quarterback Kenny Pickett has tossed eight interceptions, all in pairs, this season.

By John Riskis, Staff Writer

November 5, 2019

The Panthers secured bowl eligibility with a 20-10 win Saturday, but need to revamp their offense after an anemic showing against Georgia Tech.

Pitt football hires Mark Whipple as next offensive coordinator

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 Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 14, 2019

After 10 days without an offensive coordinator, the wait for a new Pitt play-caller is over — the football program announced Monday that Mark Whipple will fill the position.

Panthers will be no match for playoff-bound Tigers

Sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett, pictured here against Virginia Tech , led all players with 136 passing yards in Pitt's Sun Bowl loss to Stanford.

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018

Pitt Football is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. After coming up just short of No. 3 Notre Dame and then getting blown out by unranked Miami, no one is sure what to expect from the Panthers this weekend.

Takeaways: Pitt reverted back to its old self against Miami

Sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett fumbles the ball during Pitt’s game against Virginia Tech earlier this month.

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

November 27, 2018

While Pitt’s 24-3 loss against Miami on Saturday was far from good, the implications weren’t too bad. Aside from snapping its four game win streak, the loss will likely drop them from the top 25 rankings and give them a lesser bowl game. But Pitt will still be playing in the ACC Championship on Saturday.

Pitt seniors will be remembered for consistency and leadership

Seniors Qadree Ollison (30) and Darrin Hall (22) shake hands after Hall surprises Ollison with a game ball on Senior Day — a celebration of the seniors at their last home game — after the Panthers defeated the Hokies Saturday.

By Sami Abu-Obaid, Staff Writer

November 16, 2018

The Panther’s seniors can be credited for Pitt’s miraculous turnover and record breaking season. Head Coach Pat Narduzzi will use this senior group as an example for years to come and will remember the first class he coached from freshmen to seniors for one thing — their work ethic.

Pitt poised to win first ACC Championship

Redshirt senior running back Qadree Ollison celebrates after a successful play during Pitt’s victory against Virginia Tech on Saturday.

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018

Pitt was picked to finish fifth in the ACC Coastal Division preseason polls. Now, they are at the top of the ACC Coastal and are only one win away from making history and becoming the first team in program history to make it to the ACC Championships.

Takeaways: Pitt running into ACC Championship Contention

First-year defensive back and wide receiver V’Lique Carter rushes the ball during the Panthers’ 54-45 victory over Duke Oct. 27.

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018

Pitt had one of its performances of the year on both sides of the ball and on the road last Friday. The Panthers emerging defense held a hot Virginia offense to 44 rushing yards and earned its first road win of the season.

Ellison to lead Pitt despite hiatus

Redshirt junior guard Malik Ellison was named team captain and was said to be “[a] gym rat with a high level of professionalism around his approach to the game” according to Pitt Athletics.

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Editor

November 5, 2018

Malik Ellison doesn’t count last Thursday’s exhibition game as his first real game, he’s looking forward to tomorrow. It may have been over a year since he last stepped on the court to play in a regular season game, but the captain isn’t nervous, in fact, he’s more confident than ever.

Photos: Pitt football 54-45 victory over Duke

Freshman defensive back V'Lique Carter (19) rushes the ball for a touchdown during the fourth quarter.

October 27, 2018

With the game tied at 45 and no timeouts remaining, the Panthers needed sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett to lead them downfield with just over a minute left to play. Pickett had struggled up to that point, completing just four of 13 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. But he came up clutch when...

Pitt football looks ahead to difficult non-conference schedule

A Pittsburgh sports record 69,983 fans showed up at Heinz Field the last time Pitt played Penn State at home.
(TPN File Photo)

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

January 21, 2018

With the recent finalization of Pitt’s 2018 football schedule, it’s never too early to start planning ticket purchases and tailgates. The team is set to face a tough non-conference schedule, including two perennial national title contenders and a team that just went undefeated. While ACC oppon...

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