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Takeaways: Pitt remains consistently inconsistent

Takeaways: Pitt remains consistently inconsistent

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt beat Duke 54-45 last Saturday to keep their hopes of an ACC Costal Division Championship alive. V'Lique Carter was one bright spot in a game that was otherwise once again defined by an inconsistent defense and quarterback.

Photos: Pitt football 54-45 victory over Duke

Photos: Pitt football 54-45 victory over Duke

October 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

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...

Takeaways from Pitt’s near upset of Notre Dame

Takeaways from Pitt’s near upset of Notre Dame

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

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

Panthers to bring the fight to Fighting Irish

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 11, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

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

Panthers look to snap UCF’s 16-game win streak

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

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.

Panther Spotlight: Qadree Ollison, Stephanie Williams, Johan Penaranda

Panther Spotlight: Qadree Ollison, Stephanie Williams, Johan Penaranda

By Griffin Floyd, For the Pitt News

September 24, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Though it was a tough weekend for Pitt athletics, there were still a few athletes that played at a high-level and stood out. Qadree Ollison, Stephanie Williams and Johan Penaranda all made notable plays in their notable sports this past weekend -- showcasing their athletic ability.

Panthers ride key conference win into battle with Tar Heels

Panthers ride key conference win into battle with Tar Heels

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 21, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After a 34-31 loss to UNC last season, Pitt will look to make a comeback this weekend. With sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett at the head of the offensive line, Pitt's options are wide open. And, continue their good work, the Panther defensive will continue to buckle down.

Photos: Pitt Football vs. Georgia Tech

Photos: Pitt Football vs. Georgia Tech

By Sarah Cutshall and Thomas Yang

September 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Visual

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...

Prediction: Panthers to make comeback against Georgia Tech

Prediction: Panthers to make comeback against Georgia Tech

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

This Saturday, Pitt will play Georgia Tech at Heinz Field. Both teams currently have records of 1-1, so they will both put up a fight to make comebacks and improve their starting records. If Pitt improves both offense and defense, they should have no problem beating out the Yellow Jackets.

TPN Panther spotlight: Nika Markovic, Qadree Ollison, Javi Perez

TPN Panther spotlight: Nika Markovic, Qadree Ollison, Javi Perez

By Jordan Mondell and David Leftwich | TPN Staff

September 12, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Fall sports are just starting to get exciting, and there has already been a fair share of pitfalls and triumphs across the board. But regardless of the games outcomes, here are some Panthers who have stepped into their roles and proven their worth on the court, field and pitch. Nika Markovic Mar...

Pitt defense demands new approach

Pitt defense demands new approach

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

September 7, 2017


Filed under GameDay, Sports Columns

With victories over the national champions Clemson and Big Ten champions Penn State, the 2016 Pitt football team racked up some of the program’s biggest accomplishments in recent memory. But to continue the success in 2017, head coach Pat Narduzzi will have to find different ways to win games — s...

Rotstein: Despite losses, football will improve

Rotstein: Despite losses, football will improve

By Steve Rotstein | Senior Staff Writer

May 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

As the Pitt men’s basketball team tries to recover from a mass exodus of graduating players, transfers and dismissals, the Pitt football team will be dealing with its own loss of talent next season. Just don’t confuse the two. While the Panthers’ hoops roster for next season looks like a barren...

No repeats of 2012 debacle in forecast for Panthers

No repeats of 2012 debacle in forecast for Panthers

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt fans know all too well the perils that can come with taking the first opponent of the season lightly just because it is a Football Championship Subdivision — formerly I-AA — team. In 2012, Paul Chryst was in his first game as head coach of the Panthers, and a win -- good start to his tenu...

Pitt football training camp notebook: Week one

Pitt football training camp notebook: Week one

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 13, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Change is in the air at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex this month, and Pitt’s new script jerseys haven’t even seen the light of day yet. The Panthers opened training camp at the complex Monday, Aug. 8., in preparation for the 2016 season. And while it may be Pat Narduzzi’s second year as head ...

12 Panthers set to honor James Conner at race on Saturday

12 Panthers set to honor James Conner at race on Saturday

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 25, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Nearly three months after Pitt running back James Conner announced his diagnosis of Hodgkin Lymphoma, a group of his teammates have found a way to honor their star teammate. The University announced on Thursday that 12 Pitt football players have formed a team for the 16th annual “Race to Anyplace” on...

Superlatives highlight highs and lows of 2015 Pitt football season

Superlatives highlight highs and lows of 2015 Pitt football season

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football navigated its shares of peaks and valleys this season, with a 2-4 finish dampening the excitement of a 6-1 start. With so many twists and turns along the way, an effective way to summarize the Pitt football season is through superlatives. These monikers will recognize the apexes and na...

Panthers fall to ferocious Navy offense 44-28 in Military Bowl

Panthers fall to ferocious Navy offense 44-28 in Military Bowl

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND — After a dynamic start, the Pitt football team looked lost at sea against the Navy Midshipmen’s attack. Pitt struggled to contain Navy’s offense all game, and fell to the No. 21 Midshipmen by a final score of 44-28. After a long delay— their last game action was on...

ACC Coaches recognize nine Panthers with All-ACC honors

ACC Coaches recognize nine Panthers with All-ACC honors

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

After the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association honored a litany of Pitt football players in late November, the conference’s coaches heaped recognition on an array of Panthers. On Wednesday morning, the ACC released the 2015 Football Coaches’ Awards and All-ACC teams. It honored freshman runnin...

Whitehead, Ollison earn ACC Rookie of the Year awards

Whitehead, Ollison earn ACC Rookie of the Year awards

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 1, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt football team swept the conference’s rookie of the year awards Tuesday, becoming the first team in ACC history to take both rookie honors. One day after the Panthers placed eight players on All-ACC teams, freshman safety Jordan Whitehead earned the ACC overall and defensive rookie of the year...

Pitt football places eight on All-ACC teams

Pitt football places eight on All-ACC teams

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Following an ACC loss on Friday to Miami, the Pitt football team received a conference “win” of sorts on Monday afternoon. The Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association selected eight Panthers in total to either the first, second, third or honorable mention teams, recognizing them as some of the best player...

Pat Narduzzi’s first season brings about culture change for Pitt football

Pat Narduzzi’s first season brings about culture change for Pitt football

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

While scrolling through Twitter on Friday during Pitt football’s final game of the season, I came to a realization. Unfortunately, that realization wasn’t, “Maybe I should spend less time on Twitter.” Instead, as the Pitt football team fell to an early deficit in an eventual loss to Miami, I s...

News and notes: Rankings, gametime, and honors

News and notes: Rankings, gametime, and honors

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 26, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

MOVIN’ ON UP Following their 23-20 win over Syracuse on Saturday, the Pitt football team jumped in the Associated Press Top 25 and also appeared in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll Top 25 for the first time. On Sunday, the Panthers leapt from No. 25 to No. 23 in the AP poll, while claiming the No. 24 ...

Pitt football notebook: Week six

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 12, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

In Pitt’s 26-19 win over Virginia on Saturday, ball security and missed opportunities held the Panthers back from a bigger victory. Both of those issues have plagued Pitt in past games against Georgia Tech — next week’s opponent — particularly in last year’s 56-28 loss, a game in which the...

Pitt football notebook: Week Five

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 5, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi is coming off of his first conference win as head coach, a 17-13 defensive showcase on the road at Virginia Tech. Now, he aims to keep his players’ confidence in check. Narduzzi emphasized maintaining a down-to-earth mindset despite last week’s win, as well as continuous competition and...

Pitt football notebook: Week four

Pitt football notebook: Week four

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 29, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

After Week 2’s last-second loss to Iowa, Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi and his team had a bye week to lick their wounds and prepare to face Virginia Tech. Now heading into this weekend’s contest against the Hokies, Narduzzi addressed his team’s running offense, starting quarterback an...

Pitt defeats Youngstown State 45-37 in first game of Narduzzi era

Pitt defeats Youngstown State 45-37 in first game of Narduzzi era

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 5, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

When Pitt needed a momentum boost last season, the team often looked to James Conner or Tyler Boyd. But against Youngstown State, with Boyd suspended and Conner hampered with a knee injury he sustained in the first quarter, an unexpected source gave Pitt a jolt of energy twice: sophomore cornerback...

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