POV’s Penn State Game Thread

The thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football.”   (Terry Pratchett)

That  sure applies to this game today doesn’t it?  With all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the match this afternoon and all the emotions; good, bad and indifferent, it all revolves around a set of numbers up on a scoreboard at the end of the game. Those numbers are going to make some people ecstatic and will make others want to kick their dog.

Don’t do that.  Instead I invite you to my house to kick our two cats -” Joe” and “Pa”.

The final score will award bragging rights for one school and “Wait til next year you SOBs!” for the other. It’s going to be a good game to watch and let’s hope it is well-played, at least by Pitt, but everyone likes to see good solid competition by two teams battling each other out there.

In my opinion, and it seems the opinion of about 90% of fans and media types offering prediction, we’ll see a close scoring game and some exciting pivotal plays.  If our defense we watched last week dominate FCS Villanova is the real deal and can play that same way against an evenly matched PSU team – and I do think we are evenly matched – then we’ll most probably win.

The very last thing I want to see happen is the outcome of the game being taken away from the players by the referees.  That ruins any game but this particular one it would be magnified 1000x especially if a PSU player’s mother’s second cousin’s son’s HS football coach is the Umpire.

Honestly, I dread going to the North Side today – it is going to be packed to the gill with cars and drunken fans for us semi-sober fans to try to deal with en-route to Heinz, and I actually have a parking pass and Press Box access, albeit in Blogger Purgatory on the 4th level of seats.  The deadline and national sportswriters get the lower ones but that’s cool.

Us 4th level guys break out the weed at Sweet Caroline so I’m fine with the switch.  Besides when watching Pitt football we claim medicinal marijuana usage to knock down the psychotic urge to kill someone.

After driving up to PGH yesterday, having a bottle of wine with my BFF (54 years now, since 2nd grade mind you – who else can claim that?) and sleeping on my 24-20 PSU prediction I’ll tell you I woke up and almost switched it around – that’s how badly I want Pitt to win this game.  Still, looking at it from every angle yet again I see a ball bouncing PSU’s way once or twice more than Pitt’s way.

But my words don’t win or lose football games, nor do anyone else’s on the Internet or at the tailgate parties… but cheering once you are in the stadium sure does – and you’ll have competition in the stands on that count so be prepared.

I say “you” because the press box is run like a Carthusian Monastery with the accompanying vows of silence – here is how we have to sing the Pitt Fight song when the band plays it right before kickoff:

So – onward to the game and the ebb and flow of things we just cannot control.  That is a hard fact to throw a turn on because we are, and excuse me you ladies on here, grown men used to being The Master of All We Survey.

Well, today it will be Pat Narduzzi who is in semi-control. I say “semi-” because having 105 young men and teenagers on the roster is like trying to tame a bunch of wild coyotes – the best he can do is rub raw meat all over the PSU skill position players and turn our guys loose.

My friends and fellow Pitt’sters… be safe today and enjoy.  This game is a long time coming and the day should be fun as hell for everyone.  Yes, even the Nitter fans as dejected as I hope they are at 3:00.

Bits and Pieces:  Here are some articles to get your blood up this morning and minds occupied until the game starts…

The Post-Gazette has a good one on the history of the rivalry.

The P-G’s Craig Meyer talks about the scheduling problems in keeping this series going.

Ron Cook talks about his choice of a Pitt win today and hits the nail on the head with this bit – and it dovetails with that PSU article I wrote last week:

They (PSU fans) want their team to beat Pitt, but it won’t necessarily destroy their fun this season if it doesn’t.

The opposite is true of a lot of Pitt fans. I have been told by many over the years that they would rather see Penn State lose on any given Saturday than Pitt win. I have seen that at Heinz Field when a score is announced — Ohio State 38, Penn State 10 — and the place erupts with joy as opposed to a similar announcement at Beaver Stadium — North Carolina 26, Pitt 19 — and there is little or no reaction. I’m convinced those Pitt fans would rather see Pitt beat Penn State today and finish 3-9 than lose and go 9-3. It’s a bit frightening — a bit of a whacked perspective — if you think about it.

Well, no one said Pitt fans are rational God love ’em.

P-G’s Jenn Menendez has a good “Five Points” piece in the Red shirt Diaries.

Switching over to the Tribune-Review we have Jerry DiPaola with a bit on the ‘healthy hatred’ between the schools.

Rob Rossi goes overboard a lot… he always tries to dominate the time at the press conferences he attends, but he writes an interesting article today that will generate some raised eyebrows.  I disagree with his comparison of Narduzzi to Paterno but there is some truth to his other thoughts.

You might want to skip this one by the Trib’s Bob Cohn as it is a look back at the 1981 Pitt-PSU game.  BTW – I listened to that game in the Radio Room while underway on a Coast Guard ship out of Honolulu at 7:00 am.

On a seperate note – when my wife and I were in Coast Guard housing long ago I bought a big color TV and invites some fellow Coasties over to watch a Pitt-PSU game.  One guy had gone to PSU and while I was being very respectful as a Pitt fan he was obnoxious as hell and screaming about how much better PSU was as a university and football team.

I asked him to cool it twice then kicked him out of the house mid-2nd quarter.  He thought I was kidding until I literally pushed him out the door.  My wife was appalled but a crazy-mad look stopped that complaint in its tracks.

Here’s a piece on that time period of the ’70s – 80s when these games mattered nationally.  That would be when the Mythical National Championship was a beauty and popularity contest voted on by biased sportswriters

ESPN has a video and article on this game and the history of our 1976 Champs – whose players are invited to be at the game today (it always makes me nervous when Pitt does this).

Here is some important info from Pitt about the gameday situation on the North Shore.

Finally – here are the Pitt-PSU Game Notes put out by the Pitt Media Dept.  They contain a wealth of info on this game, the stats, facts and news about the two football programs – a real wealth of info for fans to slip into their pockets for the match today.

But for quick reference while watching at home and commenting on this Gameday Thread here is the Pitt two-deep:


472 thoughts on “POV’s Penn State Game Thread

  1. How’s this for logic: This Pitt team is better than last year’s team. This PSU team is not as good as last year’s Iowa team. Home game for Pitt. Pitt wins if the 1st 2 statements are true, as they should be.


  2. Today will demonstrate whether Narduzzi has the ability to prepare his team for a big game or not.

    Controlled, focused and aggressive, his team needs to be. Loose but not nonchalant, would be the way to play for Pitt.

    If Coach Duzz really has these kids bought into “The Pursuit”, then today this Panther Pride catches some prey and devours it!

    Hail to Pitt!

    Beat penn state!


  3. In a big city with the media present and with our tried and true actions in the past I wouldnt go as far as Rossi but the lack of any media presence enabled that fraud and molestor to get away with “The Ped State” way. Years ago when Nebraska was in town we talked to two fans who follow the Huskers everywhere and after complimenting us Pitt fans told us the most obnoxious fans anywhere were at Penn State (we thought they would say WVU). HAIL TO PITT.


  4. Neighbor offered to take me to the game in his helicopter.
    Translation – fogged in in central Pa.
    My kind of luck.
    But I will trade this for a win.


  5. This game starts early for us mountain time zoners. And my son has a soccer game that starts at the same time as Pitt. I’ll be watching the score and would appreciate any detail on big plays that Pitt POV folks can provide. Thanks


  6. No one taling about this game. It is all TN/VT. This rivalry nationally doesnt matter since both teams have been bad. I wish I was alive when these teams were good.


  7. Am truly in Blogger Hell. not only on the 4th and last level but not even a seat at a table – I and a bunch of other bloggers have stools – and I’m using a trash can top for my laptop. Lucky I got here two hours early i guess.

    Every one outside is fired up…tons of PSU fans and lots of Pitt students chanting at each other.


  8. The equipment Twitter account never released the uniform choice which they always do the day before a game…. So I’m thinking there’s a chance on throwbacks. Hopefully that or all blue IMO


  9. all blue according to twitter, I teach in a high school and two kids wearing PITT shirts got the extra credit for the class said sorry to the psu wearing one, might get a parent phone call Monday haha


  10. Best sign so far “Hillary deleted Joe Pa’s e-mail”

    The student section is fired up – numerous F* penn state chants have been shouted loudly.



  11. Erie – Barnes is an idiot. He could of endeared himself to fans since hiring that bum ceasar with Throwbacks. He is a bad hire and his zero connectivity to anything East Coast is problematic. Not sure how much we pay in insurance to cover his 11 wives.


  12. 11:15 AM and Mary any mention of the University of Pittsburgh – Penn State game on ESPN… All the bullshit is on tonight’s Bristol game… I hate ESPN…


  13. As stated above – all blue with blue helmets. PSU all white – no names. Just had a great 30 minute conversation with a young man who works for the PSU University radio station. People really don’t like Franklin… and love Barkley.


  14. Blue Uni’s are disgustingly ugly. No stripes? Our highschool had better lookjng practice unis. No stripe? Os this JV? Emel you let this happen? Barnes is a disaster. Could of made a splash but no.


  15. Does the field look same as last week? Striped endzones? There is enough time to go Panthers or Pitt in both before Steelers play.

    How does Crowd look Reed? 50/50?


  16. Just had a nice talk with Shawn Robinson’s brand new fiance – he proposed onfield before the game. If you remember he played in the last Pitt-PSU game.

    Guys – we are looking strong out there. A PSU writer just told me their LT is a converted DL and hasn’t been doing well – he’s the guys Price went around to get to the QB and make that fumble happen.


  17. Are you joking UPitt? Conner has 57 yards on 8 carries. A 7.1 yd average. Who else ya gonna put in? Conner will wear them down like Bettis did for the Steelers.


  18. Another great stop for the D. This Narduzzi D is looking great so far this year. Not sure if it’s the opponents though. We’ll know when we play Ok. St.


  19. Gonna need some third down completions from Peterman.

    Playing it very safe so far. Not a bad idea when you are up by three touchdowns.

    Need to keep the petal to the metal though.


  20. At the half.

    Am having the time of my life watching this game and talking Pitt football with ex-Pitt DB Shawn Robinson. Interesting stuff and he’s angry a bit at our DBs.

    PSU gets the kick to start 3rd quarter – I expect Barkley. in large doses


  21. ~ gc You are right, Pitt get’s ball first in 2nd half.

    Chris Blewitt kickoff 58 yards to the PSU7, Barkley, Saquon return 17 yards to the PSU24 (Reggie Mitchell).


  22. Hey, I’m an old guy with a short memory,

    Pitt is executing on both sides of the ball very well. should be a good 2nd half.

    NP- 6/8 63 yards 2 TDs and an INT

    Conner 10/81; Henderson 4/58 on ground and 3/47 and a TD receiving.


  23. All the running by Pitt and this game will still be way over 3 hours. These reviews eat too much time. We need a stop and an 8 minute drive!


  24. Josh Moyer
    ESPN Staff Writer

    The Penn State-Pitt game set a record by announcing an attendance of 69,983 — the most ever for a Pittsburgh sporting event. It surpasses the 1938 Pitt-Fordham game, which had 68,918.


  25. Josh Moyer
    ESPN Staff Writer

    Penn State’s run defense has absolutely struggled so far against Pitt, allowing 226 yards in just the first half. That’s the most PSU allowed in the first two quarters since at least 2004. That doesn’t look to end anytime soon; Pitt’s offensive line has showed no signs of letting up.


  26. Josh Moyer
    ESPN Staff Writer

    Numerous former PSU players have taken to Twitter to express their surprise, disgust and embarrassment over the Nittany Lions trailing to Pitt, 28-7, early in the second quarter. Jags WR Allen Robinson said PSU looks “so unprepared,” and former Dolphins TE Troy Drayton said he’s “never seen a PSU team look this bad in a rivalry game.”


  27. Blewitt needs cut and sent home with a Ham. He has sucked since his Sophomore year.

    7 point game. Better not get Conservative now Oh Canada.


  28. Sad to say, but if we blow this 4th quarter we are SOP again….for a very long time. We need to win a nationally televised game in front of a sellout crowd….especially with all the recruits in attendance.



  29. The thought of Franklin possibly winning this game and grabbing the best recruits turns my stomach upside down. I am 73 years old and I despartely want to see us stuff the game ball down the Nits throats.


  30. We’ll face Barkley next year with a new QB on the road and will no doubt lose. We need this one….

    Barkley will not be around as a senior though.


  31. Great & entertaining game & a win . I shocked my wife by using the F bomb after the Psu 4/th down conversion. So happy . Lets go PITT.


  32. We finally win a big game on national TV in front of a sellout crowd…..and Narduzzi is 1-0 against Franklinstein & the pedos. I can die now….


  33. So does this team & Narduzzi & Co. begin getting props from the homies within the Pitt brethren yet!
    The Panthers are for real! Narduzzi gets his 1st big win. On to our most important game f the season. The NEXT ONE!

    And PS To anyone who says there just can’t be a sincere major college game day atmosphere on an off campus stadium. Today proved that concept to be full of $HIT!

    And BTW, to our “non rivals” over there in creepy valley,,,,,,,,,,,,

    We are,,,,,,,LOSERS!!!!!

    Hail to Pitt!


  34. Hate to admit it but respect to Penn State, they did not fold.

    Not much to brag about, More like relief.

    Still think we could have put them away sooner if they let Peterman throw on third down.

    Maybe next week.

    We really looked gassed at the end.


  35. We had 341 yards rushing when they were set up to stop the run. You can’t lose a game like that ever. I give Henderson the play of the game with that big return right when we needed it. Or perhaps that interception 😉


  36. Hail to Pitt, indeed. We didn’t cover the spread, but it feels like a Pitt upset. Big plays from all over. That’s how you win big games against strong opponents. Notice we didn’t go super conservative after running up a lead.


  37. WTF, look at the 3:49 pm post from the Panther’s biggest fan. You know Upitt, you have a natural talent,never failing to come across as a huge DICK!


  38. I agree gc….we have to get the secondary going. 39 to the pedos poor offense is way too much. Only only real stop in the red zone.

    Of course we have some really good young talent coming in to play the corners. Give Duzzi some time to recruit and get his guys in place.

    Recruits had to love this!!!


  39. Henderson won this one for us.

    Doc – I agree but the atmosphere was bc many from PSU attended. On our own we won’t pull that action. Until we consistently start winning 8-9 a year.

    Great Start though.

    PSU will be pretty good next year and we will be losing some talent.

    Great Game.


  40. We now have more than a couple of guys that can make big plays.

    The recruits should have loved that game.

    The 76 team breathes a sigh of relief.


  41. Only one stop…

    I would have loved a blowout to continue so we could torture the pedos all year, but all I can muster now is relief. I’ll take it though… 🙂


  42. Upitt- I put the notebook down I. 2nd Q, but said the same thing from late 2nd Q to game end. We ran, ran, ran. They packed the box, which should open up for passes. But we do Nada but run right I to the packed box.

    All I can figure is PN did t want to Okie State our passing schemes. Cuz we all know what a great long passing game we have! Better than when we had Palko!


  43. 341 rushing yards…the offensive line showed up today. great to have James Connor back!!! as a player and as a leader!!! Peterman not great but efficient. Only one lost fumble…D kept after it and made the big play at the end of the game…but how does a receiver get so wide open on 4th and 16? Our placekicker needs to figure things out…H2P!!!! A great day to be a Pitt fan!!!!


  44. I do agree with UPitt, next year will be really tough.

    Unless McVittie is better than McSorley.

    PoD, the QB that played better did not win.

    Our running game was magnificent in the first half which won the game.

    Kind of petered out in the second half when we needed Peterman to complete some passes.

    Can’t criticize the game plan too much in a huge win for the program.


  45. UPitt, we will get killed next year. We lose our QB & Conner along with some OL & Price while they keep their QB and Barkley and their OL gets better.

    MacVitte will have to be the next Marino for us to stay in that game. The 3rd game should be a good rubber match as Narduzzi gets his recruits going and Barkley will be long gone to the NFL.


  46. Upitt u should just go cut the grass and stfu about anything Pitt..you’re the architect of your own misery…..we rushed foe 300++ yards, got 4-5 turnovers,WON and you still find something to complain about…….okst LOST to CM and you praise them for next week. Do you realize how damn stupid you sound??


  47. Affter 28-7 lead, Had flashbacks of Houston game…but hopefully that never happens again! A great win for Pitt!!! H2P!!!!
    All blue unis not my favorite…MSU wears all green at home so maybe that influenced the uni choice…who decides what unis the team wears…Narduzzi or the team?


  48. Keith, Upitt is a little over the top, but when you rush for 300++ yards and get 4-5 turnovers, you should win by more than 3 points.

    Lots of things to improve on.

    Best news is all of the long faces moping around town right now.


  49. Why are some saying Okie St. will beat PITT. They just lost to a MAC team.

    A few years ago some were complaining about us recruiting “MAC” level players.


  50. Greatest thing about the game plan were the jet sweeps. Only tried once after it failed in the second half.

    The shovel passes were good too, although very surprised by the lack of confidence in Peterman on third downs. Would have been a blowout with a couple timely completions.


  51. Peterman was 11-15 for only 91 yards but 3 TD’s. The Int was off a guys hands….the throw was a little high though. We still need more passing offense from a 5th year senior. Duzzi needs to start recruiting QB’s like he recruits DB’s.

    The pedos had 342 yards passing…but of course they had to come from behind. Every team is going to stack the box against us…

    Shore up the secondary and get just a little balance on offense and we have a real nice team here. It will be interesting to see what the recruits think of this one. H2P


  52. What the hell are you talking about Jackagain? This finish buries the Pitt knife deep into the Nitter heart and twists it with such a dramatic finish.
    Much harder to take than a blowout. Just like the girl you’re sure you got going home with you tonight after dinner & drinks. He her home but only end up getting slapped in the face when attempting to steal third base before she stomps out the door with no goodbyes.😂😂😂

    This was an absolutely devastating heartbreaking defeat for penn state.😫😩😫💔💔💔

    Want some perspective on that feeling? Never forget Houston!

    Hail to Pitt!


  53. UPitt, for once, I totally agree. I see Ok St winning big next week, Not because they are that much better but because they will be focused and angry, while Pitt has to have a letdown. It’s just how sports work in many situations . Sometimes when you play is as important than who you play


  54. Very high % of running the ball today. Not many opportunities for Nate to throw the ball down the field. Coaches lack confidence in both the QB and WR’s. Henderson needs more touches. people on this board have been banging the drum for Ford, not sure when he’ll show up. Weah with zero balls his way today. Its going to be hard getting big time WR’s to play here.


  55. What a great game! Never been prouder!!. Was hoping for a Pitt runaway, but am thrilled with all the crying that will take place all the way back to the farm! Defense saves the day! Whodathunk??


  56. Keith – Maybe you should rewatxh the game. Great Win for sure but if you know Vegas you know OK State will
    Come out full bore after this embarrassment. Also, our Panthers will be wuite spent mentally and physically.

    It betting terms Ok. State is a lock.

    Oh and I pay a yardman. It is 100 degrees here and grass grows nonstop. 😊


  57. Wbb,

    100% correct.

    Plus line will be lower than had they blown out CM. in betting you have to look at the signs.

    Keith – Make a friendly wager next week? Im good for it!


  58. By the way PSU +6 today was a easy bet. Big B – You win?

    Just knew it would be close. Didnt expect these guys to score 100+ points. Haha


  59. Only Pitt fans end up discussing how Pitt loses next week, 20 minutes after a signature win by the Panthers.

    Respect goes out to the Nitters, they left it all out there on the field.

    The SUCKS remark usually reserved for penn state is now transferred to the cocksuckers who already have the Panthers laying down against the Cowboys next week.

    Pathetic, really sad.


  60. If Pitt had lost to a MAC team today, and ok st beat oklahoma by 3 pts.. would you all be saying Pitt will be favored next week, based on above comments logic?
    Historically, had that happened, I’m sure we’d be hearing how bad we were going to get beat next week.

    Don’t count these panthers out of anything. There is a lot of potential and they will continue to grow and learn as a team and as coaches as the season goes on. Expect to see much more of a pass and run mix next week.


  61. Game atmosphere was incredible!! Stood 90% of the game on home side. Crowd was pumped. Loved exiting the stadium shouting “LETS GO PITT” full throated to all the creepy sad Nitters. We are in a new era of Pitt Football
    PSUX Someone ask Miles Sanders mom where he was today????
    PSUX2 James Franklinstein for President!


  62. Keith, I assume you noted that our offense played with much more focus and passion than last week. Also, history shows that usually the worst time to play a team is after they are coming off a hard loss. They just have more of a resolve from practice throughout the week. On the other hand, it is natural for a team who has an emotional win to suffer a letdown.

    Now, you never know what’s going to happen and I certainly hope I’m wrong …. but I have seen the two things I described above many, many times


  63. BTW, Clemson barely beat Troy today by 6 and didn’t look good last week either. All of a sudden that game is winnable for us.Georgia barely beat Nichols by 2 at home and they’re in the top 10. Bad year for the SEC…….and I love it!


  64. Doc – The win was great but we beat PSU not Bama.

    Relax on people are cocksuckers bc next week is a gimmee.

    You keep piping up and I will not take it easy when I kick your ass in golf in Savanah.

    Great to enjoy this game but to call people names about a game bext week is pussified.


  65. Yeah, yeah, yeah, wwb.
    Excuse me while I call BULLSHIT.

    Last week it was Pitt’s offensive line that sucked and are over rated. Not to mention the crappy performance of JC. Watch out for next week. penn state is going to beat us.

    Excuse me I,,,, feel,,,, another,,,,,BULLSHIT comin on.

    Unless I was watching the wrong team, I’m pretty sure I saw a guy named Conner running in full beast mode behind a fully functional OL WITH Pitt Script emblazoned on their helmets today.

    Narduzzi can’t do one God damned thing about how Ok St. comes into next week’s game, but he has a fully loaded double barreled magnum of momentum and motivation to inject into this here team of his for next week.

    So please spare me the naysayer BULLSHIT for at least a few frickin hours while I savor beating penn state for the rest of the evening.

    Next week is our most important game of the season, cause it’s the next one!

    Good on ya Narduzzi and Panthers. Continue The Pursuit!


  66. You know, I’m thinking you’re right Upitt. Actually in my head, I realize it probably isn’t true, but coming straight from my heart,,,,,,,
    you still come off appearing like a dick.


  67. The Lewis INT to end the game should build his confidence as we move to the ACC. He is a good Pitt man from a legacy family.

    I was glad to see Conner have a large impact on the game today – he is getting stronger by the day. Look out ACC – the next few games are against weak rushing defenses.

    Conner Strong!


    P.S. My wife informed me on the ride out of the stadium traffic that she wore the same underwear today that she wore last week when we played nova. I think I’ve told her too much of what I read on this blog – she however WILL wash them before we clobber the cowboys. lol


  68. Get your old ass on a plane and let’s go to the game. My treat fly to Dallas Friday night and stay here at Casa De Upitt and we will go up and golf on Sunday!!

    I want nothing more than being 3-0. I can hear Van Gundy yelling all the way from Fort Worth. Haha.


  69. Back from the game. Great feeling. I thought it looked like we tired in the second half – dang it was hot out there and we arent deep. Gonna let this soak in before I draw conclusions. . Many pedos talking of Franklin being fired which makes the talk of next years game way premature as there will be a new head coach. i was surprised that Pitt didn’t pass much in the second half. Thought Soto is so much better inside. HAIL TO PITT. PENN STATE DOES SUCK. WE HAVE BEAT THEM TWICE IN A ROW. Dr. Tom except for eternal optimists such as you, SOP dies slowly but it is dying.


  70. Great win folks. OKState got screwed on a bad call by the officiating crew. The last play, by rule, should never have been run. That said, it was terrible defense. My sense is that OKST played vanilla their first two weeks waiting for the Pitt game and it hurt them.

    Great game by the OL and by Henderson. Speed kills and Henderson has it like Tavon Austin did. If PSU goes 5-7 or 6-6, Franklin probably out. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Enjoy the night. We beat the Dairy College. Tomorrow, we start over and it will be our first travel to a hotbed of football.

    From a recruiting perspective, OKSt recruits the same stars as we do, but their’s are faster. Hopefully, they are moping and feeling bad about officiating ripping them off. Speaking of officials, the big10 crew made Pitt work for every spot today. Only injuries to Oneill. I hope he bounces back. Glad to see Bookser playing with emotion. Kevin Givens seeing stars for awhile. He got crushed by his own guy.

    Congrats to Narduzzi and team. Congrats to us fans. 2-0. The only way we could get to 3-0 is if we got to 2-0! Great game guys.


  71. I don’t care if we beat PSU by 1/8 of a point. For 365 days I can tell the obnoxious, arrogant, head up their ass PSU fans to take their JOEPA teddy bears and cry in their beer! We take on OK State while PSU and their 103 K strong worship their God JoePA next week against Temple.


  72. Also, what will Dominate the State Franklin’s excuse be why they lost. He said they had their full complement of scholarships so I guess we have to wait for his pals in the newspapers to tell us how PSU is still the best. I am so glad we won in front of 70K plus recruits!!


  73. Dr Tom, I said I hope I’m wrong ,,,, but the 2 points that I brought up are IMO pretty common knowledge

    BTW, and don’t shoot the messenger …. Zeise and Hendrix are out for the year


  74. @wwb, I heard that too. Bad for us. Time for Allen Edwards to step up and prove that he is more than a 2 star JC college recruit. Also can’t believe hat other Brightwell or McKee can’t solidify a spot in the LB two deep. Maybe with Zeise out that happens now.


  75. Well we learned a lot about our strengths and weaknesses today. OK State will have the film.

    Kind of thought both our lines tired out in the second half. Especially the D, which you would expect due to the lack of depth. Price was much less effective in the second half. Less overall pressure on McSorley.

    Thought our D-backs played a pretty good game against an accurate passer and pretty good receivers.

    There were obvious blunders, Barkley down the sidelines and the 4th and long left wide open.

    Would like to know the reasons for an absolute dearth of downfield passes. Even one deep ball to Weah just to keep them honest. Looks to be a combination of no trust in the receivers, Peterman, and pass blocking. At least we had two nice TD passes, and a timely shovel.

    Hopefully it won’t be 100 degrees in Oklahoma next week.

    Special teams needs some work. Also a few too many penalties.

    Loved the use of Ollison and Hall. Need to keep Conner fresh to finish games.


  76. The Box Score is up. Lewis lead the way with 9 tackles, Whitehead 7, and Idowu 6.

    Great game by Conner and solid performance by the D holding Barkley to 4.2 yds per carry.

    Lots of good stuff.


  77. I’m with you Dr Tom, some people can’t enjoy todays win without throwing us the bus for the Okla. St game. How about giving Pitt a few days off before you begin thrashing us in the next game. Yikes!!! Some people just love being negative.—-I was dead wrong on todays game. And for that I’m very happy. But I’ll wait a few days before I start in on Pitt before the next game.


  78. McSorely did not impress me as a passing QB at all. Sure he made plays when he had all day to throw. Any QB can do that. Any time he got a whiff of pressure he folded. There were several plays where Pitt brought pressure that if he had kept his head and kept looking there were PSU receivers open, but he either hurried his throw or tossed it away or got sacked.


  79. Just because someone had a white shirt on doesn’t mean they were a psu fan. I saw plenty of Pitt fans in white, it was 90 & sunny after all. psu did not bring the amount of people they thought they would. My section was 95% Pitt, much to my surprise & delight. A very satisfying day all around.


  80. “Doc – I agree but the atmosphere was bc many from PSU attended.”

    That’s complete BS upitt, it was Pitt fans that made that atmosphere. Go peddle your yinzer crap somewhere else today.


  81. I predicted a 2 point Pitt win. Just like last week I was only one (1) point off(predicted 20 point win and we won by 21).

    I’ll keep taking these…. off by 1 point…… predictions.

    Pedo State Sux!


  82. Nick – agree. other than a few minutes in the 4th qtr. I didn’t hear much noise from the cult zombies! Proud of the fans. Couple observations:


    I can’t agree with the comment above that the D backs (especially the corners) played well. Shitty quarterback and wide receivers running wide open all day. Thank god they can’t catch.

    Our Wr’s other than Henderson stink. Covered and smothered all day by a below average defense. Where is Dontez Ford? Having no receivers will kill us when we play a real team.

    Our special teams absolutely suck across the board, Pathetic.


    O Line and D Line played much better than last week.

    Liked the offensive play calling

    They didn’t fold (SOP) under pressure and played at a high emotion level all game,

    Our fans were 10 times better than the cult D-bags. Students were great all game!


  83. We ran 56 times and threw 15 times of which 4 were shovel passes.

    Pretty amazing performance.

    I don’t think Chryst ever ran that much.

    Peterman beat out Voytik because he was a better passer, sorry to bring it up but it is kind of funny.

    Hopefully the game plan was designed against PSU’s weaknesses and we will see a better passing game when it is needed.

    deepemblues, sounds a little like sour grapes, McSorley came within one very close play of beating us today. He is only a sophomore, I would love to have him on our team.


  84. How about that….former NFL No 1 pick, & Pitt All-American CB Tim Lewis’s son makes the game saving pick.

    And first CAREER interception for Ryan Lewis. What a moment and place to make your first career pick.

    Oh My !


  85. There were pedders there but most white shirts were pedders. Several women had white ped state shirts that said ‘shit on pitt’ yeah good choice of shirt wear ho’s. What was fun was pedders were quiet until second half comeback attempt then sat back on their hands. They were taken out early then for most part were quiet. Much quieter than Hoopies when we play them here. Dr Tom provides the extreme optimist and UPitt the dependable negative, keeps my head balanced.


  86. **** Oklahoma State is gonna come-out so FIRED UP for Pitt and whoop-butt god lawd’…

    What the….heck??? Lol maybe Pitt wins in a blowout next week at Stillwater, maybe Pitt loses a tough game against a pretty talented team that needs a home win against Pitt desperately —- whatever, so as long as our Pitt Panthers play their hearts-out than we will all have pride in our team (aka *not Nordernberg/Pederson Pitt: SCARED, No-Guts+ Definitely No Glory).

    YO, dunno where some people are getting their weirdly-skewed info, but Oklahoma State was not even that much more talented that Pitt last year, and Pitt continues to catch-up. Oklahoma State just lost at home to a Central Michigan Team that was 7-6 last year. WHAT are some people watching that they think Oklahoma State is Alabama?? Our talent level is about totally-equal, and it’s going to come down to our Pitt Panthers just balling-out next week.

    —– P.S. anyways, let’s make a big-improvement on a common-term here. Instead of “Same Old Pitt”, we get more accurate, and Say Nordy/Pederson Pitt. Cheap-A$$, Apathetic, Disinterested, Self-Sabotage (from the absolute top-on-down) Pitt.

    I.E. Cheap Pitt + Lackadaisical Pitt etc. was the result of leadership not giving a Hoot about Pitt Football, and being literally one of the most embarrassingly-cheapskate Football Programs around under the whack previous leadership before (*Shining Light for Pitt Football!!! 🙂 🙂 )

    Chancellor Gallagher arrived and (!!!!) FIRED STEVE PEDERSON’S PITT FOOTBALL-DESTROYING A$$, and he didn’t give a Hoot he payed that buyout in Straight-Cash-Homie and told Stevie P. to pack his silly-bags and get the He*l outta Pittsburgh.

    ****** It’s not like Pitt and Heinz were built on top of some ancient burial ground of a Native Tribe, who were all a bunch of scared losers who wilted in the brightest spotlight and Big-Moments, so there Pitt was destined for failure. ***** —

    C’mon now, lol. Anyways:

    Pitt v. PSU:

    Great, great game for Pitt — because they are WINNERS in their own-hearts now with Narduzzi’s Swagger and Attitude and Character now permeating into the Pitt Football Program.

    Penn State is gonna actually benefit greatly from this game—- they needed Pitt to find their own motivation, vs. playing their generic, fly-over state, interchangeable Big-10 Land Grant schools week-in, and week-out.

    Pitt and PSU belong in the same conference, and in the same division in that conference. Oh well.

    @ Matt Canada: Jester Weah is 210+ pounds, and runs like a gazelle, and he can cut on a dime —- so: hows-about we get main-man Jester Weah-included here on some of that sweet Jet Sweep Action sir 🙂 🙂 🙂 —- he might just take one to the house.

    GREAT GAME, and all of it is a taste of Pitt now with Genius, Gentleman, All-Around-Stud Chancellor Gallagher pouring his passion into the football program, and our equally awesome Head Coach, Pat Narduzzi (Good job Mr. Barnes too!!!). Packed Heinz, a talented team with Great character, who give it all for each other, THE University of Pittsburgh, and all of us fans and supporters.

    —– Now, imagine today — the enthusiasm, the National Exposure, WINNING — when Pat Narduzzi’s team his all ‘His-Guys’ 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 . I said before, a HYBRID program like a mixture of the new-age Oregon Ducks, and Narduzzi’s best Michigan State teams —– Lightning-Fast, Powerful, Svelte, powerful and agile athletes at each spot — and a ton of HEART 🙂 🙂

    Enjoy these moments these next few weeks and this whole-season, all you guys who’ve felt “downtrodden” about Pitt but always stayed loyal and enthusiastic lol —- because you might actually MISS the Mediocre-Pitt days….. ‘Cus it’s gonna be hard to find a seat, or get any space when the Bandwagon Fills-Up haha


  87. deepemblues, sounds a little like sour grapes, McSorley came within one very close play of beating us today. He is only a sophomore, I would love to have him on our team.

    There was nothing close about that play. There wasn’t a PSU receiver within 10 feet of where the ball came down. That play is emblematic of who McSorely is as a QB right now. He felt the pressure and heaved it up in the general direction of his guys in the end zone. Unfortunately for him there were only 2 of his guys and 4 Pitt guys there.

    I wouldn’t love to have McSorely because he stinks when pressured as he did today. He didn’t make a single play when pressured, he looked great when he had 5-6 seconds to throw. Like any QB would.


  88. That’s on McSorely too, he overthrew a man who had a solid two and a half maybe even three steps on the defender. I’m not gonna make excuses for the other team’s QB especially Penn State’s QB! If McSorely wants to be a good QB he has to make those throws, not almost make them.


  89. So where was all the downfield throwing Canada was supposed to bring? Did Pitt complete a pass thrown longer than 10 yards today? So far Chaney looks like a gunslinger by comparison.

    Pitt had success throwing to Orndoff over the linebackers last week. Today nothing but shovel passes and only one that worked.

    Much better blocking by the offensive line today. There were some nice holes.

    Pitt had a lot of trouble generating QB pressure in the second half. Seems that had something to do with the PSU passing game success in the second half.


  90. He threw for 332 yards vs our 91 and has two more years of eligibility.

    He will get better under pressure.

    He threw a lot of excellent passes today. He is already better than anyone we have had

    for a long time. Almost brought his team back under pretty dire circumstances.

    I am not looking forward to playing him next year.


  91. “Dontez Ford was hurt making the tackle after the interception. He was on the sideline with his arm in a sling.”

    That’s terrible for the young man….but he clearly is not much of a part of Matt Canada’s plans.

    The interception also happened in the first-place because Ford not only dropped a perfectly timed and placed ball from Peterman (short of the 1st down but still would’ve been huge for field-position), but it careened-off his hands up in the air like a volley-set for an easy pick for the Penn State defender —- totally ruining Pitt’s momentum.

    It might be much better for Pitt to get Aaron Mathews in there in that spot. Dontez Ford is a real “Loyal-Soldier” and all but he is almost a decoy out-there just to take-up a defender.


  92. no just 1 shovel pass for a TD. one of the other ones set up a TD.

    by the way pitt simply doesn’t have the horses yet on defense or on offense to put its boot on the neck of a team with as many playmakers as PSU has. that’s coming though, maybe as soon as next year for the defense anyway.


  93. and yeah PSU gave up on running almost entirely in the second half when mcsorely got the bulk of his yardage

    pitt’s offensive gameplan handcuffed peterman. peyton manning couldn’t have cracked 200 yards passing with that gameplan.


  94. deepenblues, that is certainly true of the defense, but the offense needs to learn how to finish games.

    Too many mistakes in the second half, combined with the late fumble by Conner.

    Hopefully it was just the heat today, but they need to pick up more first downs on the ground late in games.

    They gave Penn State way too many opportunities today.


  95. Pitt ran well to the outside, but did not have as much success up the middle. Why did we keep running up the middle on crucial plays when we needed yardage- only to get stuffed? My hubby was going nuts. I understand you need to keep the D honest, but when you need the crucial yardage on 3rd down you go where you know you can get the yardage.


  96. The O-line needs to develop the killer instinct to dominate the line of scrimmage to put the game away, like the Steelers and Bettis used to do.


  97. The Jet sweep was unstoppable in the first half, but was only used once in the second.
    Not a bad idea to put Whitehead in as a decoy once in a while too, and run the other way.


  98. Deep – The PSU contibuted to the atmosphere means without the 30-40k PSU fans the game would have 40k in attendence. They being local making attending easy. You think UNC or any ACC school would bring a 1/3 of that amount??? Hell no.

    As far as OK St. They are like 29-3 against Non Big 12 teams at home over last 10

    Big B – Hope you took Arkansas. Easy Money.


  99. Emel – Ryan Lewis is Tim Lewis’ nephew, not son. Regardless, great bloodlines and great pick to save game.

    Penn State is very good at what they do best – suck.


  100. Hope the Pedo Cult enjoyed that long long ride, on the Route 22 Trail of Tears……back to Creepy Valley.
    I hope they don’t fire Franklinstein too soon.


  101. There was not 30-40k psu turds. The problem with watching on tv is you see less than half the stadium & the part you see is the visitors side. 20k max. I prefer our opponents not bringing people. Easier to get in/out, no lines for food/ bathrooms. Sellouts suck. I could care less about yellow seats.


  102. Posted this elsewhere but not here.

    Did anyone else see the Pedo State players crying on the bench as the game ended.

    Not a rivalry ? Really Psu ! 🙂


  103. Upitt- Try again on puffing up Okie State. Since 2011, have only played 3 non-com a year. One a FCS, one a sunbelt & one FBS. Not even good FCS & Sunbelt but dregs. Not surprised at all with a 29-3 non-com record with two gimmes a year.

    Didn’t take the time to check out earlier 5 years but I doubt if thier scheduling MO changed.


  104. Back from the game and thrilled we sent those arrogant Assholes home with a loss. Game took 2 years off my life! A few thoughts:

    Anyone who sat in 96 degree sun and heat deserves a tip of the hat. That was the hottest game I’ve ever sat through, and I was in the shade.
    Franklin is a complete idiot. His taking 2 time outs mid 4th quarter and then throwing long into the end zone ( they were in Fg range, had come back from near death, and had all the mo if the game goes to OT) was very Wanstedian !
    Watching the old Penn State couples having to go to the top of the stadium to sit (bitching all the way) was joyful!
    No more excuses for Blewitt.
    We all witnessed a classic game today. Pitt was the better team on the field and won. Goes to my top 3 Pitt wins ever.
    We have a terrific team that plays with more heart than head. Just need a new kicker and a reorg in the secondary. I say we beat Okie St easily next week and did anyone else notice Clemson almost shit the bed vs Nichols St?
    Don’t know how many more Pitt games I will be around for. Thanks to Narduzzi/ Pitt fans and Franklin for making this old Pitt fan ecstatic this evening! H2P

    PS No rivalry my ass!


  105. Saw this on Scout.com:

    Fun fact:

    42 points was the most points scored ever (by us) against PSU (in the 97 all-time meetings).

    The previous high was 41 points in the game played back in 1931.

    Not sure it’s true…


  106. “The PSU contibuted to the atmosphere means without the 30-40k PSU fans the game would have 40k in attendence. ”

    ROFL 30-40k PSU fans


    i was actually at the game as were many others and it was 75-80% pitt fans. psu had somewhere between 15k and 20k and it was closer to 15k than 20k.

    i’m wondering if you even watched the game because until conner’s fumble you could count the number of times PSU fans got loud on one hand. pitt fans dominated butts in the seats and dominated the cheering. all game. PSU fans tried to get loud in the second half and pitt fans responded and outdid them every single time.

    yinzer garbage ain’t flyin today


  107. There is always at least 1 & usually 2 games every year that are hot as hell & sunny like today. Always within the 1st 2-3 games. Nova last week was just as bad. I don’t know how people in the south do it. That is the main reason I hate noon games.


  108. Where the hell do you get 40k PSU fans? Are you nuts? They were around 20 percent at best. Seriously, some people are full of shit!
    Just woke up from post game nap. Game had something for everyone. It was entertaining on so many levels. THAT is why it should be played every year.
    BTW, kudos to the current student section, they where great!


  109. Jack again – you are correct. 42 is most followed by the 41 you cite.

    Emel – the WR who dropped the long pass was sobbing at the end. I swore I saw McSorley hug him and give him a kiss.


  110. On TV the entire side was white Deep. Yinzers live in Pittsburgh you dolt. At some point the announcers said it was half PSU fans.

    I love the excitement. Now we are going to kill Ok. St. There is no in between on being a Pitt Fan. Either we are going to beat Bama next week or we stink.


  111. Really glad to hear it was only 15-20K. Announcers kept saying it was 50/50.

    Also glad to hear Pitt fans stepped up and cheered over the opposition.

    Good point about only seeing the visitors side on TV. Have been complaining about that for years.

    Very bad optics.


  112. On TV the entire side was white Deep. Yinzers live in Pittsburgh you dolt. At some point the announcers said it was half PSU fans.

    No it wasn’t. The end zone upper deck was 99% PSU. The visitor’s side upper deck looked about 85% PSU to me. The visitor’s side lower bowl looked about 60 PSU-40 Pitt.

    Yinzers don’t just live in Pittsburgh, you prove that every single day.

    I don’t care what the announcers said, I was there and it was 75% Pitt fans. The home side was 99.9% Pitt.


  113. It was not 50/50. I’d say 75/25. Maybe 70/30. Whoever said it was just as hot last week for Villanova is on crack. It was the hottest game I can ever remember. I can’t thank James Franklin enough for his assist in our victory today. Yes,mour boys came out fired up and ready to play. But Franklin way underutilized Barkley in the first half, then gift wrapped the finish. We could not stop them the entire second half. There was no need to take the risk of throwing deep. Thanks Coach Franklin. And to Ryan Lewis for making the pick.


  114. You would have to actually stay the whole game to know it was just as hot last week. Coming in late drunk & leaving after Sweet Caroline fogs your judgement.


  115. I agree with the people saying that the crowd was 75/25 pro-Pitt. Seemed close to the amount of ND or WVU fans we get, although a bit more. I sit upper end zone and my section (which is closer to the home side) was almost entirely Pitt fans, so whoever said upper end zone was 99.9 percent PSU fans was way off (the other side of the upper end zone, closest to the visitor side, was probably a different story).

    Pitt fans were loud, PSU fans not so much.


  116. Could not have been more completely wrong on my pre-game prediciton. We would come out horribly (not exactly) We would make adjustments and half time and make a second half comeback. (not exactly). We would lose. (Not exactly). For some reason I seem to be in a very good mood this evening even with such a horrible prediction. One thing for sure, I never gamble and that is never, ever going to change given my prediction ineptitude!


  117. I am not down on Blewitt although most here seem to be. First his kickoffs are shorter this year and that is planned. If the kick goes into the endzone for a touchback, the opponent starts the drive on the 25. If the kick is short of the end zone and high, the cover team has an excellent chance of stopping the returner before he hits the 20. That is a small but important differentiator than past years. I think he does it well. I am disappointed that when we kicked off from the 50, he sent it through the end zone. To me, it should be short and high. Pin them down!

    Hall had a nice game at the RB position too. He made some nice runs. Offensively, our WR’s threw some good blocks today but did little else. They were playing against a good defensive backfield. I do not mind that we didn’t throw deep. That will come. My gosh, only the POV could complain about scoring 42 points. Our offense was diverse with a lot of movement. Keep that going and exploit weaker db’s in the future. WE HAVE OPTIONS and we are incrementally faster!!


  118. @Dan72 I have season tickets in upper deck 511 row H – hot as hell (and was so for Nova and YSU last year). Have sat there since we moved in 15 years ago. More importantly anyone who thinks there were 60% ped on that side is on crack. There are always a lot of Pitt fans there. Why I stay there in 90 plus heat in September nooners only shows I love heat stroke. During late rally the one time I heard the We Are Ped State – it was upper and lower deck only on the scoreboard side. Upper deck endzone mostly Pedders, with at least one half of a section entirely empty. They were outshouted by Pitt Fans, period. At most 15-20 K, at most, and boy were they quiet. Loved it. Gonna wear my script shirt to bed. Good Night. HAIL TO PITT.
    ped state says this is not a rivalry only because they are either delusional or they realize they are a slipping mid tier Big 10 team – at least OSU, Michigan, MIch ST, Wisky are better. One pedder near me said several times Pitt is in the Big East – dumber than Hoopies. When they fall lower over the years they will comeback arrogant hat in hand – at that point lock those arrogant pukes in for 50 years.
    Finally, Pitt had few if any players with cramps which was not true in the past – better conditioning and better hydrating. HAIL TO PITT.


  119. Next week PSU has Temple for a home game to honor Paterno. The other big PA team for Penn State. That one is a must game for them, IMO. Pitt must close better.

    Still cannot defend against the pass downfield. No. 2 and No. 14 for Pitt were really picked on, as was Caprara and even NO. 35 ON ONE LONG PASS AND GREAT CATCH. BUT NO. 35 DID NOT DROP THAT LAST PASS.

    No doubt Penn State has top notch players talent wise. Wish we had them. Although right now our team may not have as much talent, so far they have enough heart to make up for any talent difference. Thanks to Pitt coaching. Wow! What a game!


  120. S O to the Pitt fanbase. I must say that viewing on TV, most of the crowd standing during all of the big plays, of which there were many on both sides, impressed me. This debate of how many Penn State fans were there in person is comical. There looked to be at least 45,000 actual butts in seats at our home opener against Villanova, & I saw that with my own eyes when I came up for the game. Add another five grand to that figure for such a big game and we have an easy 50,000 of Pitt fans out of the record crowd of 70,000. So can we please retire this nonsense? Way more Pitt fans there than Penn State fans.

    What I do know for sure, as does anybody else that watched the game on TV, is when Pitt made a big play, the noise was substantial. So as I said, good on you Panther Nation, you represented well.

    Hail to Pitt!


  121. In reviewing the OK St. SB Nation site, “Cowboys Ride for Free” you can’t help but feel for the Cowboys getting royally screwed by the game officials. Considering that there are like 10 people who should at least have had immediate access to a rules book to properly adjudicate the final play of their game yesterday, it is pretty amazing that nobody who counts, got it right in the end. And then of course there was that miraculous final play of the game that never should have transpired in the 1st place.

    Well, besides that travesty standing up as a loss for OK St., the other ramification is that the entire officiating crew got suspended for two games. Sounds about right to me, FUBAR!

    So Coach Gundy released a statement today trying to convince anybody who cares that the entire mess now needs to be seen only in the rear view mirror so that the team can concentrate on their preparation for their next game against, you know who. Yeah, good luck with that one. My suggestion, pull a Narduzzi and shut the whole team organization down to outside interference. No coverage or interviews of any kind and mums the word from their administrators, simply because the fanbase has the torches & pitchforks out about this one and therefore it ain’t going to go away by itself by just issuing a statement from the HC on Sunday afternoon.

    Myself, I never feel that playing pissed off because of hurt feelings of being unrationally wronged by some extraneous factor is EVER a good thing. Why? Simply because it leads to the “here we go again” syndrome as soon as anything else goes against you immediately down the road. This can only be to Pitt’s advantage this week, IMO. The Cowboys will be preoccupied dealing with the fallout of this officiating dumpster fire, and the potential various extenuating circumstances that can result from this are many. All of which can only distract them from their focus of preparing for the Panthers.

    It will be interesting seeing how the game’s Vegas line evolves over this week of preparation. Lots of variables to consider in this one.


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