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Pitt tops Marshall at home, 43-27, in first win since Penn State

Pitt tops Marshall at home, 43-27, in first win since Penn State

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 1, 2016

On paper, the score of Saturday’s Pitt-Marshall game would seemingly tell the story of a blowout win for the Panthers. But numbers can be deceiving, and the 43-27 final certainly was, as the Panthers utilized two touchdowns in the final minute of play to beat the Thundering Herd at Heinz Field Sa...

Prediction: Pitt football to get back on winning track vs. Marshall

Prediction: Pitt football to get back on winning track vs. Marshall

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 28, 2016

The unbridled joy the Pitt football team felt after its 42-39 victory over in-state rival Penn State on Sept. 10, evaporated quickly. After excruciating back-to-back defeats on the road against Oklahoma State and North Carolina, the Panthers know they were just a play or two away from coming home w...

Narduzzi laments missed opportunities against UNC, preps for Marshall

Narduzzi laments missed opportunities against UNC, preps for Marshall

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 26, 2016

Normally, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi likes to move on from a previous week’s game after 24 hours and focus his attention on the next match. But after coming so close to a win over a quality opponent only to falter at the end for the second week in a row, he allowed time at his Monday press conf...

Pitt football plays it too safe against UNC

Pitt football plays it too safe against UNC

By Steve Rotstein and Ashwini Sivaganesh | Sports Editors

September 25, 2016

For the third week in a row, the Pitt football team scored more than 35 points against a formidable opponent. But for the second week in a row, the Panthers’ conservative play in the final quarter cost them the game. The Panthers went into Saturday’s game knowing that a victory against North Ca...

Pitt falls in 37-36 thriller at North Carolina

Pitt falls in 37-36 thriller at North Carolina

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

September 24, 2016

North Carolina senior wideout Ryan Switzer might be done terrorizing the Pitt secondary, but on Saturday, he made his final go-around count. Thanks in large part to Switzer’s 16 catches for 208 yards in his last game against the Panthers, Pitt lost a heartbreaker in Chapel Hill. The Panthers (2-2 o...

Pat Narduzzi prepares defense for balanced UNC offensive attack

Pat Narduzzi prepares defense for balanced UNC offensive attack

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 22, 2016

Nobody expected the Pitt football team to have trouble dispatching Villanova in its season opener, which the Panthers won, 28-7. But everybody knew the three-week stretch that followed –– against Penn State, Oklahoma State and North Carolina –– would make or break the season. The Panth...

Friends James Conner and Ryan Switzer ready to compete again Saturday

Friends James Conner and Ryan Switzer ready to compete again Saturday

By Stephen Caruso | Senior Staff Writer

September 21, 2016

Ryan Switzer’s North Carolina Tar Heels had just wrapped up a perfect 8-0 season in conference play and were 24 hours away from taking on the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 5, 2015. But Switzer was in no mood to celebrate. Earlier that day, he opened his Twitter feed to ...

Passing offense falters late against Oklahoma State

Passing offense falters late against Oklahoma State

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

September 18, 2016

Pitt’s passing offense could not keep up with Oklahoma State Saturday, due in part to redshirt senior Dontez Ford sitting out the game because of a reported broken collarbone. Playing without the team’s only experienced wide receiver, quarterback Nathan Peterman threw for 237 yards and completed less than 50 percent...

Pitt falls to Oklahoma State, 45-38, in weather-delayed shootout in Stillwater

Pitt falls to Oklahoma State, 45-38, in weather-delayed shootout in Stillwater

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 17, 2016

Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi was right to be worried about Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington during the week leading up to Saturday’s game. “They’ve got this James Washington, No. 28, that can run down the field, and we’re talking about clapping,” Narduzzi said after fielding a ...

Pitt LB Mike Caprara named to 2016 AFCA Good Works Team

Pitt LB Mike Caprara named to 2016 AFCA Good Works Team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 15, 2016

Pitt senior linebacker Mike Caprara is off to a fast start to his 2016 season, playing a big role in each of Pitt’s first two wins with 1.5 sacks against Villanova and two fumble recoveries against Penn State. On Thursday, though, he was recognized for all the work he’s put in off the field. A 6...

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