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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.
No. 90 Deandre Jules of the Pitt Panthers faces Western Michigan players. The Panthers lost to the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday afternoon.

Broncos stampede Panthers defense in 44-41 loss for Pitt

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer September 18, 2021
Pitt football was outcoached and outgunned by Western Michigan on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos capitalized on every key moment and took home an 44-41 upset win in the first game ever played between the two schools.
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. 
A.J. Davis Jr., a redshirt senior running back, receives and runs the football for a 12-yard touchdown during the UMass game Saturday afternoon.

Pitt dominates UMass 51-7, led by strong defensive front seven

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor September 4, 2021
The Panthers defeated the UMass Minutemen 51-7 at Heinz Field on Saturday, the first time since the 2019 season that a near-capacity crowd was allowed into the stadium, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett led the offense with 262 yards through the air, while the defense’s dominating performance kept the game from being close at any point throughout the game. The performance earned Narduzzi’s approval.
The Panthers wore the word “TEAM” to training camp last Thursday as a tangible representation of their 2021 mantra — “We Not Me.”

‘We Not Me’: Pitt football embraces selfless 2021 mantra

By Richie Smiechowski, For The Pitt News August 31, 2021
While each player’s name, appearance, jersey number and position may differ, there was one constant among each athlete on the field that Thursday and every day of training camp thus far — the word “TEAM” was on the back of their jerseys instead of the players’ last names.
Pitt Football will look quite different on the defensive side of the ball, but writer Frankie Richetti believes the defense will pick up the slack lost to the NFL while the offense is led by returning quarterback Kenny Pickett.

Column | D-Line, QBs will lead the way in Pitt’s 2021 campaign

By Frankie Richetti, For The Pitt News August 19, 2021
An ACC-leading six Panthers heard their name called during this year's NFL draft, leaving the roster looking much different heading into the 2021 campaign. Here are the position groups that will lead the way.
Pitt super-senior quarterback Kenny Pickett became the first Panther to announce an endorsement deal on Thursday afternoon

Pickett, Oaklander announce first NIL partnership for a Pitt athlete

By Stephen Thompson, Senior Staff Writer July 16, 2021
Pitt super-senior quarterback Kenny Pickett became the first Panther to announce an endorsement deal on Thursday afternoon. Pickett tweeted that he is partnering with The Oaklander Hotel on Bigelow Boulevard for his first NIL deal and will treat the offensive line to what he calls weekly “Hog Dinners” at Spirits and Tales, a restaurant on the hotel’s top floor.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett could have left for the NFL Draft, but after falling in love with Pittsburgh, he opted to spend another year in the Steel City.

Kenny Pickett, preparing for final campaign, isn’t ready to leave Pittsburgh just yet

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor June 24, 2021
After four years, 21 victories as a starter, 8,552 yards in total offense and a couple of unforgettable upset victories against some of the nation’s best programs, Pickett isn’t ready to call another city home just yet.
The Gold team dominated the Blue 30-0 in the 2021 Pitt football spring game, the Panthers' first intra-squad scrimmage since 2019.

Gold team dominates 2021 Pitt football spring game

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor April 24, 2021
If Pitt fans were looking for an intense, thrilling scrimmage on Saturday, Heinz Field wasn’t the place to find it. The Gold team dominated the Blue 30-0 in the 2021 Pitt football spring game.
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