Marshall vs Pitt Game Thread

There were a lot of predictions made yesterday for this evening’s game and I believe I saw only one or two for the Thundering Herd, who BTW up until 1965 were also called the Boogercats, Big Green, Green Gobblers, Rams, and the Judges.

Anyway The Boogercats’ starting QB returns for this game and unless he’s a complete moron will throw for 1,000 yards against us.  It may not even happen because he’s that good – although he is a good passer.  It most probably will be because we just don’t have the problems in our defensive backfield worked out yet.  Apparently FR Damar Hamlin is back from the dead but I don’t put a lot of stock in true FR – but then again he’s replacing someone, anyone, who has thoroughly failed at their job multiple time already this year.

And of course it may not happen at all.  If we hold them to under 200 yards passing I’ll be at the Shrine of St. Francis when the bell tolls midnight sacrificing a neighbor’s ferret.  I’d kill his dog but people would notice.

I have worried about this game for some time now – I’m not a “Johnny come lately” worrier. As I wrote yesterday Marshall has had a great recent history and their coach Doc Holiday knows how to win games against ‘better’ opponents.  Each year it seems like Marshall bounces up out of nowhere and pulls an upset.

I’ll be watching for a emphasis on the passing game in the first half.  If there is a game to try to get it back on track it is this one.  The Green Gobblers are currently ranked #66 in Rushing Defense at 151 yards per game so we should be able to get up and down the field relying on only running the ball if necessary to do so.  But I think it is imperative to try to build Peterman’s confidence up for the future ACC schedule.

If he can’t hack it tonight he probably won’t against any other teams on our schedule so if he’s to be pulled than Canada needs to make a decisive move and stick with it.  And that means Stocker – he’s a better player than most fans think.

Marshall runs for only 160 ypg so we’ll shut that down, but my gut also tells me they will break a big run or two and put points on the board that way this evening.  We haven’t seen any of those by our opponents so far this season so let’s watch out for that.

The game is at Heinz and is being played in the upper 60s temperature with virtually no wind to speak of and looks like it will be dry also.  Have fun at the game – I’m sitting this game and travel to and fro out this week so I’ll be on this thread- and as always be careful about getting behind the wheel.  Nothing is worth that sort of problem when you can either take a cab or toss your keys to a friend.

Final diagnosis: I see a Pitt win over the Marshall Rams, er… Big Green… uh… Thundering Herd!


1st Q Stats


1st Half Stats:




Ending Stats Pitt wins!!






459 thoughts on “Marshall vs Pitt Game Thread

  1. Whitehead had 12 tackles last week… It is either an injury or non-football related disciplinary action. I don’t need specifics, but they better say something as to what is going on.


  2. @NathanPeterman: GET YOUR KILLER-INSTINCT UPPP!!! haha !!

    Dominate the other team — Have a Darn CHIP ON YOUR SHOULDER!!!!


  3. See what happens when Nathan Peterman tosses the ball up to the receivers to let the make a play??!! lol

    —— Dude’s got an arm, but he’s been playing like he’s one of the Missionaries for “Life of Mormon” — 😉


  4. The announcers before the game list Whitehead as one of the 2 key players for Pitt & then never tell us why he is not playing. Isn’t that what the sideline reporter is for?


  5. Miss all the great wateringhole’s in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. And the great Bar Food ! 😦

    As well as places like Primmadonna’s and Lombardozzi’s.


  6. there is no reason save “everybody else available is injured” for webb to ever see the field again. god is he just plain bad. a freshman in that spot will make mistakes but is there really no one that sideline faster than he is because he can’t cover anyone.


  7. Bar food in the South generally consists of frozen chicken wings and other assorted frozen deep fried garbage. These bars are lame. Glad I don’t go to them much anymore. There are the rare, very rare exceptions.


  8. +

    The teams Pitt lost to are indeed darn-good 🙂 🙂 .

    Jester Weah absolutely shoulda-caught that PERFECT deep ball from Nathan Peterman early in the game, for sure — but Nate P. luckily did not give-up on his 6’3” , 215 lb. guy and just kept going to him 🙂 .

    Nathan Peterman made a believer outta-me, he looked really good. But he’s gotta keep growing and he needs to KEEP LEARNING to make those deep, CONTESTED throws out-deep to the wide receivers.

    Does Pitt win today without Nathan Peterman throwing the deep-ball to the wide receiver, where the wide-out has a chance to catch it over the opposing corner??? —- Whether it’s Marshall, or Ohio State / Alabama / (now with Jim Harbaugh, lol) Michigan, Whoever —- QB’s have to successfully throw THAT BALL to win games 🙂 . You have to: Throw The Wide Receiver Open, period.

    I think Nathan Peterman DEEP to Jester Weah is gonna be a “Thang” from now on 🙂 .


  9. Back to football, Pitt can lose to each and everyone left on the schedule. I did think last week that UVA, Cuse and Duke were lock wins. Not so much anymore, as if that Eric Dungey plays for Cuse that is not a lock. And after today’s UVA/Duke game, neither are those. Nothing is with that piss poor D2 pass defense.


  10. Yeah and when they start double coverage on Weah, the other guys will be open.

    I like our receiving corps, just wish they would have used them the last two weekends.


  11. But after three games of fourth quarter futility, the offense stepped up and won the game.

    That is huge progress in my book.

    And we appear to have a passing game, really important.


  12. Pitt might just have 2 Defensive Tackles who are drafted next year in the NFL….

    Shakir Soto (no joke) is looking like a 3rd-4th round pick at the moment (he looks super-slim for 290 too!)

    —- Tyrique Jarrett looks great (although if he lost 20 pounds and improved his Explosiveness he’d look even better!!)

    For those of you who CARE about this kinda-thing — This is the year Pitt breaks back “On-The-Map” in terms of getting guys Drafted to the NFL. Ejuan Price especially is going to be a guy who’s going to have Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd MckShay going-nuts for him 🙂 .

    #HailToPitt !!

    Nathan Peterman looked GREAT today — Great Quarterbacks make HUGE PLAYS downfield when it matters 🙂 and he most definitely did that.


  13. ^^^ Let’s Not B-$ here —- Can we admit (at least really knowledgeable football-fans 🙂 ) — Pat Narduzzi was the “HEART, AND THE ESSENCE” of Michigan State Football??? It wasn’t no-pulse Mark Dantonio who Pat Narduzzi ‘Carried+Made’ .

    #HailToPitt 🙂 🙂 🙂


  14. No BS dk….Michigan state was due to go down…as Michigan rose again. Those two thruout history have ever been very good at the same time.


  15. He just needs big-time games, and big-times situations to step-up 🙂 ….lol I just feel like Jester Weah just is such a “Sleeping Giant” and has such a potential to be so great!!!

    I think Jester Weah needs Aaron Donald to pep-talk him into maximize his potential (now, as the heir-apparent to J.J. Watt as the new NFL “Defensive Star”) / or Pitt Legend Larry Fitzgerlad (!!! 🙂 ) to give him some real “Hype-Up” come Homecoming Weekend 🙂 .

    🙂 —- Nathan Peterman looked GREAT tonight. Keep it up Nate P. !!! “Raise The Bar!!!”


  16. Mannnn….. —- @Nathan Peterman:

    🙂 🙂 Hahaha — I Like you Ahhh-Lottt!!!! Great Game!!!

    Nathan Peterman is a Darn-fine Quarterback for Pitt 🙂 —- But those Downfield-Passes are Game-Changers, and Jester Weah, and Aaron Mathew (plus Quadree Ollison if he’s open, even though he’s shorter!) are gonna SNAG those downfield-passes if you throw ’em!!!! lol


  17. Great win for Pitt! So OSU crushed Texas. I guess we should beat Texas. So UNC beats FSU. I guess that means we would beat FSU. There are the tier 1 teams and then a bunch of teams that are very similar and can beat anyone else on any given Saturday.

    A positive for Whitehead having the flu today is that he will be well rested for a game wherein he needs to make a lot of tackles. This is a tackling week. Angle penetration is so critical to stopping GTECH. When we went 2-2, I immediately said we would run off 5 in a row and maybe 6. We can do this fellas!!

    Any word on attendance and possible commitment?

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  18. attendance didn’t look too bad to me on TV once everybody got to their seats in the 2nd half

    of course by the 4th quarter the place was 60% empty


  19. Attendance was good – I’d say 50,000. Probably 8,000 Herders though. Worst was that was 90% of the students bailed after The Song…the adults mostly stayed. The student exodus was highly noticeable and looked awful…lower student section was pretty full for 3 qtrs then FAIL.


  20. Since this team is sooo good and this QB’s name is too funny to pass over. Here goes our FCS report.

    FARGO, N.D. — Easton Stick was 13-of-18 passing for 256 yards and three touchdowns and North Dakota State cruised 31-10 over Illinois State on Saturday.

    Some additional good names (Hollywood couldn’t script this team) lol

    King Frazier added 76 yards rushing and Rj Urzendowski had 70 yards receiving for the Bison (4-0, 1-0 Missouri Valley), who have won their last six conference openers.

    Go Bison !!!


  21. Dark Night Narduzzi and other Pitt apologists..
    Up 27-0 and almost blow it.. AGAIN!

    Narduzzi is Wanny. Stubborn. Except, Wanny could actually recruit. I don’t want another coaching change but you morons that are optimistic are idiots.

    I’m sick of this shit. 30 years of mediocrity and nothing changes.

    Do you morons even watch the games?


  22. Jay91… I am in this for the long haul and will give the guy 5 years to really build something. But I agree with being happy with this game. I stated above this was not a good win by any means.

    Terrish Webb and Lewis had that horrid on that long pass play, receivers would run hitches then literally run around Lewis, and the pass rush was average….. I swear Lewis and Webb have the longest leashes I have ever seen, and there is still no indication of replacing them.

    I hope Duzz has some plan with saving these youngins….. I know the strategy involved in redshirting. But if our hopes of getting Ford and Wade and all these good DBs in the future, why are we trying to stock pile all of them??? Sounds like transfer situations to me….. Granted that is a big IF


  23. yes the offense will have to outscore teams still and not disappear in the third and/or fourth quarter

    it’s not like this is a surprise anymore


  24. Was there ever any doubt?

    Let me count the ways…lol

    The fireworks after the game were worth the wait.

    With the way the ACC is shaping up, we will be playing for 2nd place anyways.

    On to wreck Georgia Tech, next week.



  25. it would have been the near perfect feel-good day

    Ok St scores 49; UNC wins AT FSU. Even Villanova blew out Elon!
    ASU gets completely blown out by a not-so-good USC team
    Pitt’s defense is dominant in first half

    Hope Whitehead is OK and back next week


  26. I feel a whole lot better that Whitehead had the flu and wasn’t out for some other nefarious reason. Thank goodness the flu came this week. I’d like to know when the coaches found out that he couldn’t go, in terms of their ability to plan for his absence .


  27. Where was Hall?
    And does Moss supplant JC as starter?
    JC clearly not back to where he was And the added weight has been added baggage.


  28. Caprara didn’t play in the second half and with Whitehead on the bench may explain why Marshall ran all over us. It wasn’t just bad pass defense that got them back in the game this time.

    UNC and OKST should be in the top 25 next week, what might have been.

    Whitehead on the sidelines sure didn’t look loike he had the “flu”


  29. The announcers were particularly lousy last night. They hardly ever mention the players making tackles. For those that watch channel 2 Pittsburgh I thought the one dude sounded exactly like Paul Martino. Who is a lousy news broadcaster


  30. At least we know we can win if the offense plays four quarters.

    Weah had a Boyd like day with some really good catches. Hands look pretty good as does his body control.

    We won on an off night from Conner.

    Moss played for the last drive of the game, that is a big change.

    No carries for Hall or Ollison, but Ollison played, do not remember seeing Hall.

    Still wondering why they didn’t let Peterman throw down field in the last two games or in the second half vs. PSU. Pretty obvious he has some skills.


  31. Two very costly mistakes, the hold by Ollison that cost us a TD and the interference by Bradley that kept a drive going. Really bad because the pass was overthrown and Aston was already around the end.


  32. Serve up 4 and 20 blackbirds baked in a pie to me on Weeaahh. I didnt think he would ever catch ball but he gets more confidence every week – a manimal. The second half onside kick took the wind out of Pitt’s sails, you could feel it in the stadium and the crowd. We still went into turtle mode until the pass to Weeaaahh. The crowd was not as good as the TV apparently made it look from your comments. There were three whole sections in upper deck home side that had 10 people in them. If not for 8 to 10 K Herd (and WVU fans – sat next to one and not bad for a Hoopie). That crowd could not have exceeded 46 K minus 8 is 38 K Pitt, pitiful. Speaking of pitiful do Webb, Lewis and Maddox have pictures of Nard and Franklin fffrenching? Nate was finally given a chance to throw more than 5 yards to a running back; he is the least of our worries. Play that bad on defense next week and it will be a sad homecoming.
    ps Marshall is really young.


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