POV Game Thread: Georgia Tech

Yesterday I predicted a four point GT win over the Panthers 38-34 because I thought this might be the game our run defense – as great as it has been – shows some weakness against a speedier backfield using the Triple-Option, something that we haven’t seen yet this season.  Here’s a good in-depth explaination by the GT HC Paul Johnson.

That’s how HC Paul Johnson’s offense will look today.  Now, here is a well-seasoned and expert ex-Coast Guard academy Defensive Coordinator John Loose explaining how to defend against it (just a coincidence, really!)

Interesting Huh?  What we need is the defensive approach Dave Wannstedt used to shut down Navy’s great option offense back in the day.  The key there was to keep our MLB Scott McKillop as the ‘spy’ on the Navy Fullback regardless of what was happening on the play.  It worked well and we won some games doing that.  Of course having McKillop at MLB help a bunch there also.

But the more I look at all the factors with the Pitt squad and how we have played it just gnaws at me that I can’t get a handle on how good this team is or isn’t as a whole.  I suppose it is the glass half full dilemma – we have won three games and that’s fine.  But in doing so we have yet to play a complete 60 minute game.

We also, except for last week against an underdog, haven’t shown a balanced offense to the point that I’m comfortable enough to think ‘Well, if our run game falters our passing game will pick up the slack and win the game‘.

But I have a lot of faith in Nate Peterman and feel that Canada misused that part of the offense prior to our win over Marshall.  Granted our running game was going full-bore and all the games had been close ones so he and Narduzzi played it very safe.  That worked out fine versus PSU, but not so well against OK State and North Carolina.

I think we’ll see Canada be more balanced today and that is what makes me want to reconsider the final score of my prediction.  However I’ll keep it as is because that is what I put down in our prediction thread.

Chip in with your thoughts, complaints, wit and kudos as the game rolls on in real-time… game time is at 12:30 and here’s to a Pitt win!

HTP!!

Note:  Here are the Game Notes as compiled by the Pitt Media Department – they are great to have at hand when watching our Panthers do battle.

LINK (PDF): Pitt Game Notes (vs. Georgia Tech)  

431 thoughts on “POV Game Thread: Georgia Tech

  1. Maybe I’m getting to old to remember but werent homecoming games at least 3:30pm or evening games?

    How in the hell can homecoming be at 12:30pm? 1/2 the kids are still asleep.

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  2. I’ll start, game time weather looks good and shouldn’t be much of a factor up here. I was thinking that this game could be the defining one for Narduzzi. I’m betting more than anything else we will see a very strong effort out of the PITT players, win or lose. I’m talking more about the defense on that.

    Reed you make a great point about PITT holding down the Marshall QB. This team has become a whipping boy of sorts and I don’t think they deserve all the negativity. Yes they have some coming but it’s their own faults for making the losses close games. Dammed if you do and not dammed if you don’t??..

    H2P………………………ike.

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  3. That simple explanation by Loose explains why we wont see true FR today unless an emergency. Very light drizzle, expected to stop – wife bitchin about the rain – ah plus ca change..
    Off to game with She Who Must Be Obeyed. Cant wait to see ThrowBack worn for first time ever. Couldn’t we go back to a color scheme and uni that had actually been worn? plus ca change
    HAIL TO PITT!!!!!!

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  4. wwb – it is way different as that game is a 3 day spectatle and is sold out and has 92k fans.

    12:30 is early man is all I’m saying for a homecoming game. Attendence will be 40k?

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  5. Short ditty, Majors came back for his very unsuccessful second term and ordered his old uniforms back. They kept sending him these new brighter colors and Majors was very unhappy and lamented that he couldn’t understand how they could get the colors correct. Turns out they never did. This could be as good as it gets. I’ll take it. Probably makes steve’s stomach curdle.

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  6. Spent the last two days evacuated to Charlotte worrying about the weather. I just found out that my house survived Hurricane Matthew’s direct hit on my island in Georgia. So even if Pitt drops this game today I’m going to remain in a really good mood this weekend.

    It’s all about perspective. But winning today would be the cherry on top of dodging Mother Nature’s bullet last night in Savannah. So yeah, swat the Yellow Jackets! Hail to Pitt!

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  7. Colors match the empty seats in Heinz today.

    It’s early, but the tailgating seemed light and the student section is only 40% filled.

    I like the retro look on this team. Time to swat the yellow jackets!

    Glad your ok Doc & Savannah Panther…

    HTP!

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  8. If someone can tell me how to record and post the game I’ll be glad to try.

    Also, am trying to find the time to figure out our first 5 prediction winners… I ready do have prizes to mail out (if anyone wants to help out there l will sent them a prize).

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  9. Reed, do you have a Youtube account? Or Vimeo? You would need to be able to get the file on your computer and upload it to Youtube or Vimeo.

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  10. I’ve not been this excited about a game, except for PSU, in a long time.

    I think we have to win this to have any shot at all for the Coastal title at all.

    I see a good game by NP – 210450yards and two TDs at least.

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  11. Very light crowd, lesser tialgating. Sec 28 to 531 EMPTY as several other sections. Upitt we will be lucky to hit 40k actual living people. When will we learn marketing 20k to peds is false crowds.

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  12. Glad you are Safe Doc!

    Heal up Reed!

    Thanks RKB! Is it raining there? 68 and sunny here in Texas.

    Game not on tv is embarrassing. Homecoming not on TV. Barnes is a pussy.

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  13. Our Panthers looks AWESOME in these Uniforms!!!

    —- These need to be the every-game, home unis. Pitt fans need to put our feet-down for that. Just Top-Class!

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  14. ^^^ I believe as of now these uniforms are available for any home game, but now it’s up to the “Eagles” — the 10 or so members of Pitt Football’s player-elected “Leadership Council” who decide each game what uni’s to wear.

    Hard to believe the players won’t be deciding to wear these beautiful uniforms quite often!!

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  15. Avonte Maddox gets his chances in man-on-man and he just blows it every single time. He only ever makes a play when he’s in zone and a quarterback throws it right to him. Blew a 3rd and long and left his man wide open for an easy pass.

    Matt Galambos has got to go. He’s just got to go . He contributes nothing and is just a liability at this point. Anthony Mckee, Quintin Wirginnis, and of course Saleem Brightwell need to be Pitt’s 3 linebackers asap.

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  16. At this point the staff should just use Jordan Whitehead at linebacker. Get him up to add 10 more pounds and just play him at linebacker since he just stays up near the line anyway.

    Jordan Whitehead at 190lbs playing middle linebacker would already be 1000X better than Matt Galambos. Might as well just have 10 guys.

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  17. This may be one game where we don’t win the time of possession. Our offense is going to have to be very efficient today. So far, so good….glad to see the passing game working….

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  18. The best thing about these Unis is they perfectly match the yellow seats.

    Next home game these uniforms & declare a “YELLOW OUT”!

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  19. Nathan Peterman —- evolving from a “game manager” into a Field General . Love it, he is a different man out there.

    Chawntezz Moss needs to be the #1 running back, period.

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  20. Jester Weah is so quick, and so fast, and huge…

    … 😦 JUST…KEEPS….DROPPING….THE BALL 😦 .

    Thank goodness Nate P. just shrugged that off, and made an amazing throw to Freshman Aaron Mathews — and what a catch by the True Freshman to convert a 3rd down 🙂 !!!

    Rorget the coaches — Jester Weah is going to lose all confidence in his Quarterback with drops like that on Dime Throws. Nathan Peterman just won’t throw it to him anymore once he loses his trust.

    🙂 on the bright-side: Aaron Mathews looks freakin’ great. 6’5”, great athleticism and hands, what a 3 star gem for Pitt — and Pat Narduzzi wouldn’t even recruit him as a WR til January, what luck!!

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  21. Easiest way to figure out the prediction winners..
    Add how many points they are off from Pitt’s score to how many they are off from opponent’s score.
    So if Pitt won 28-10, and someone guessed 30-20.. that person’s score would be 12.

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  22. Update.. Pitt converted many 3rd downs that drive.. freshman wr had a nice short catch. Ollison scored on a sweep. Mostly passes that drive.

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  23. Lol: “Why is it that every school record set by other schools is ALWAYS against Pitt?”

    To be fair you probably only really pay attention to Pitt games* haha.

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  24. I hate to say this but with all our young backs I’d like to see Conner at DE. With him & Price it would help out seconday a lot.

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  25. Lol, @Reed What you talkin’ about Wilis???

    Pitt’s offense has been incredible. Nathan Peterman has Evolved out there?

    Pitt has been resilient and not been phased when by good plays by the other team, or penalties??

    NO NEGATIVITY ZONE has been-implemented, if only for Homecoming, 😉 haha

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  26. This is the best I’ve seen Peterman….one drop or he’d be perfect.

    I wonder what GT thinks of their D? Please Pitt…..play 2 half’s today, not just one. Wear down that GT D!

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  27. Avonte Maddox with a serious upper body injury — he’s writhing in pain. Right hand / shoulder / or arm it appears.

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  28. James Folston looks huge at defensive end!!

    He looks like he’s 20 pounds bigger than the petite (lol) Rory Blair.

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  29. Pat Narduzzi is never going to just bench RS Seniors, Seniors, and these experienced Juniors on defense for the young guys barring injuries.

    Now by-default we have the youngins at cornerback to see what they can do.

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  30. RS Freshman Dane Jackson giving up horrible Touchdown passes is better than horrible RS Senior CB Ryan Lewis giving up horrible touchdown passes.

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  31. If a Redshirt Senior has shown he can’t play and gives up horrendous plays —- The WHY NOT PLAY the talented RS Freshman Dane Jackson if he LITERALLY CAN’T DO WORSE ?????

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  32. Gotta play the young RS Freshman at Cornerback. Pat Narduzzi doesn’t want to “Rush” his young recruits but the situation is dire the young guys just gotta play. RS freshman Jay Stocker also needs to replace Terrish Webb at Free Safety if the staff doesn’t want to play Reggie Mitchell back there.

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  33. Terrible end to a half we controlled. Wide open receivers on that drive. WTF? Can we finally play two halves? GT gets kickoff. First drive is critical.

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  34. Watched Webb on a toss sweep on Tech last possession .. stayed with the wideout blocking him instead of attacking the ball carrier

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  35. Real disappointed in this first half as usual horrible pass defense and a special teams breakdown have given GT momentum and they get the ball in the 3rd quarter. Pitt should be up 21 to 10. Anyone’s game but with this teams pass defense who knows.

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  36. At this point we have to just comprehend that Terrish Webb, Ryan Lewis mostly, but even Avonte Maddox are all just un-talented players who should only be special teams contributors, and absolutely should not be starters at this level.

    Young guys gotta play — this defensive play with the poor defensive backs —- and the totally ineffective, slow, and zero-instinct linebackers — is just becoming horrific and unacceptable.

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  37. Dane Jackson, Jay Stocker, Quintin Wirginnis, Saleem Brightwell, Anthony Mckee — and young players all need to get put in because the Seniors and RS Seniors are blowing it and are all playing like liabilities.

    Offense can’t even get the ball. Every drive for the offense has this feeling of desperation that if they can’t keep possession, it’s gonna be 30 minutes before they can even get the ball back 😦 haha.

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  38. Just catching up but I hope no one is saying that Webb is having a stellar game. I don’t hate the young man but don’t tell me Mitchell wouldn’t be playing better.

    Looking for some good PITT adjustments and worry about what happens when Johnson picks up on them and switches things up?

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  39. The first possession of the 2nd half will create the momentum for the rest of the game.
    Will Pitt stop GT to begin the second half?

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  40. Can you imagine how much worse our pass defense would be if Price didn’t get pressure? I know it’s hard to imagine but it would be even worse. Well that was awful pass interference

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  41. In the running game at this point — and “Straight Ahead Run” going to a running back (not a misdirection play) needs to go to Chawntez Moss if he’s healthy and can go. He’s just on a straight-up Next Level as a runner compared to each of the other guys.

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  42. Jordan Whitehead is so explosive —- for goodness sakes, play him a corner Narduzzi and Conklin if you’re just going to waste him at some no-man’s land box safety 😦

    Chawntez Moss every carry til he needs a break from now-on.

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  43. Alright — get Jester Weah out .

    The drops are too much —- great pass by Nathan Peterman on a huge 3rd down his wide receiver has to catch — great clutch throw.

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  44. I love what I see from Aaron Mathews — The Kid Belongs — I’d like to see him take that #1 spot these next couple weeks with Quadree Henderson as #1-A , and Scott Orndoff sucking-in balls at Tight End.

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  45. RS Senior Bam Bradley at the line of scrimmage just watches Justin Thomas run right by him without touching him —- zero talent from the old linebackers. The kids gotta play yikes.

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  46. Galambos is a disaster. This defense is a embarrassment. Narduzzi is a f-ing fraud. Defensive guru. LOL. He sucks and will be a DC at Toldeo at this rate.

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  47. I mentioned our linebackers at the start of the game. These are all Potato Paul’s bums….we need to be patient until Narduzzi gets his kids in there in a year or two.

    That was way too easy….

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  48. Lol — Quintin Wirginnis is at least right-there to try and make the tackle after 3 yards.

    Matt Galambos wasn’t even blocked and was 3 yards behind the play.

    What is wrong with the staff, what’s is gonna take for them to wake up ??? Stubbornly playing on the seniors and sabotaging Pitt in the process 😦 😦

    If the RS Freshman play and make mistakes, then it’s already just status quo so the Staff is just being so stubborn.

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  49. The 4th quarter dance has no mojo this year….except for maybe the other team. Maybe a team prayer going into the 4th quarter would be more appropriate.

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  50. Terrish Webb needs the Ryan Lewis treatment and has gotta go.

    We all said here: Jordan Whitehead at corner, with Reggie Mitchell playing deep — but Conklin decided to go with his usual strategy of do absolutely nothing to fix the problems lol.

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  51. Those guys aren’t recruiting in W. PA or recruiting to come to Pitt. How did Paulie do here recruiting and coaching? Again, it’s not the X;s & the O’s, it’s the Jimmy’s & the Joe’s. Narduzzi can’t win with these clowns….no one can

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  52. OMG —- AND the clock ran out because THE BALL HIT THE UPRIGHT !!!!!!!!!!

    #HAILTOPITT !!!!!! 🙂 🙂 hahahaha

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  53. I still can’t believe Paul Johnson didn’t run the option vs the dive there on 4th down or threw the ball on us. Shocking.

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  54. yeah that was an awful playcall by johnson

    at least when pitt wins these games they turn out to have been entertaining as hell

    pitt also maintains its 37 points a game average

    this kind of a win you’d expect to energize a team

    unfortunately i have no confidence anymore in this staff’s ability to carry over any kind of positive momentum from game to game. it’s like every game is the first game of the season.

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  55. The D win a game – awesome final defensive stand and wonderful atmosphere.

    No SOP today – whew!

    On to next week…

    HTP!

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  56. Outscored them in the 2nd half by 2 and kept it close in the 4th. I would have punted and took the OT if I coached GT, but they had no faith in their defense either.Their mistake was handing the ball off up the middle against our big NT. They should have pitched out again.

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  57. A fourth quarter double reversal of fortune. A Pitt first? And with a Blewitt bank shot, unbelievable!

    To top it off looks like ND is going down.

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  58. Jack – Want to win 3 to 1. Take Pitt’s Opponent and the over Parlay. Haha.

    I took Navy today getting points against Houston. Looking good.

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  59. Pitt HAS to win the following games this year:

    @Virginia, and Duke and Syracuse at Heinz. A loss to any of those three teams, make no mistake, is a full-on Humiliation. So, Pitt should at the bare-minimum be 7-5 this regular season.

    Now, can this Pitt squad earn a win vs: Virginia Tech, Clemson, or the resurgent, future Pitt full-on annual Conference rival, the Miami Hurricanes?? Virginia Tech is the best-bet to try and beat, but hard to tell.

    Unfortunately, we now see that this year’s Pitt team is another total “Rebuilding Team” , as we wait to see how good all of ‘Narduzzi’s Recruits’ can be when they compromise the starting lineups.

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  60. I was watching him closely and his route-running is crisp and incredibly “polished” for a true freshman:

    Aaron Mathews has come outta nowhere to look incredibly impressive: He both looks, and has been actually playing on actual gamedays like he shoulda been a 4 star, top-ranked wide receiver out there. How the heck did he slip through the cracks from all the scouts??

    Please Lamont Wade, come to Pitt . Come play the Tryann Mathieu safety / Nickel Corner role for the Panthers — that’s your best shot to the NFL, hands-down with opportunity right when you step on campus, plus come help out your hometown team ascend-upwards into the National Spotlight!!

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  61. somebody should mention that to all the rest of ND’s wpial commits too

    hinish and jurkovec aren’t going anywhere but jeter… get them twitter DMs flying coach narduzzi. lugg and adams too.

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  62. weah had 2 drops and 1 was on a ball thrown way behind him with the DB right on his back. larry fitz and tyler boyd might have made that catch but not too many other WRs pitt has had ever

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  63. Deep and another drop that a 7th grader catches. You want to make money at football you catch the ball. After last year he is Jekyll and Hyde and inconsistent at best. Better get his degree.

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  64. “weah had 2 drops and 1 was on a ball thrown way behind him with the DB right on his back. larry fitz and tyler boyd might have made that catch but not too many other WRs pitt has had ever”

    Wowwww —- no way. That pass was right on Jester Weah’s back hip-pocket, and was thrown right where it was still on his body but where the corner had no chance. Weah had both his hands right on the ball on his right-hip, but juggled it away.

    Get outttaaaa herrrrrrre with that lol — Rationalization is a crazy thing lol

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  65. get outta here with your clown chuckle schtick, that ball hit him nowhere near his “hip pocket”

    maybe if “hip pockets” were right beside the buttcheek instead of on the front of the thigh where they actually are.

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  66. Thank You Paul Johnson for the gift ! And welcome back to Olllie ! Who had the key run on the final series of plays. And a TD earlier in the game.

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  67. What’s insane is that Jester Weah is a First Round talent body (ran like a 10.6 100M dash in High School, crazy!!!) and he’s 6’3”, 210+ and he’s just so agile and all that —- but again if the young man just keeps dropping balls he needs to catch then Nathan Peterman is not going to want to throw to him.

    The Linebackers 😦 😦 —– There’s just nothing to say here that hasn’t been beat to-death. They literally did not block Matt Galambos — the freakin’ Middle Linebacker in a 4-3 defense — on any play going outside because they knew it wasn’t even necessary.

    Seriously — just put Jordan Whitehead up at linebacker and run basically a 3-4 defense (where Jordan Whitehead is still “technically” a safety). And if Matt Galambos really is the 245 he’s listed at, what is he doing??? He needs to be 230 max because he needs to be so much faster.

    Whatever — Defensive Backfield and the the Linebackers are gonna be the same every week for this season, as the defensive staff have made clear they are going to do nothing about personnel and just keep playing the same guys, in the exact same spots, every week no matter how poorly they play overall 😦 .

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  68. The ball off Weah’s chest was the bad one. He was getting harassed on the other one by a defender and it was a little behind him. I see pros miss those every Sunday…

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  69. Norte Dame is absolutely loaded with outstanding recruits, however, they gave a 2 * coach.
    We have seen too many Pennsylvania players head to South Bend… it’s up tp PN to start moving the pipeline towards our direction.

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  70. I agree that players ND because it’s ND, not because Brian Kelly is there. Maybe the bigger problem is that the Nitters keep winning … is Wade or any other undecided local players seriously considering them?

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  71. The vote breakdowns of the above is pretty cool. Pitt leads in most all AGE groups, Pitt leads in 32 of the 50 States, with a whopping 80% in Pennsylvania. Even the Hoopies voted 51% for Pitt.

    Pitt also won in Serbia, Poland, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Tanzania, Ireland, Iceland, Czech Republic, Italy, Ukraine, South Korea. Thailand, New Zealand and last but not least, Taiwain.

    The Vast Majority of the United States and indeed the World…..Screams Throwbacks !!!

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  72. So what this is saying is Pitt’s old brand is popular than the U’s at the height of their popularity. And even over Oregon and all their crazy trendy things.

    Hello !

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  73. http://247sports.com/Player/Carter-Warren-83810

    ^^^ Lol @wwb, you beat me to it!

    6’6”, already 300 pound (looks slim, prototype frame) offensive lineman — his hudl highlight tape is there in his profile, plays Angry love it. Solid 3 star, and a great pickup.

    Pat Narduzzi is keeping the offensive line absolutely Stocked. He’s gotta keep bringing in defensive players though. Basically the entire linebacking core and the entire defensive backfield need to be infused with young talent after the wasted Matt House defensive recruiting years.

    @Lamont Wade —- He’s 5’8” , 190 — just like an all-time Pennsylvania Great safety, Bob Sanders from Erie

    Lamont Wade at Pitt as a Free Safety would be Lights-Out. Lightning-quick, imagine him as the Deep-Man picking-off deep balls and flying-up to the line to take out runners. All that Lamont Wade wants: To be a Big-Time college player with National Attention, to win big games, and to play in the NFL — is right at Pitt .

    Plus, now that they have Mark Richt — Pitt vs. Miami every year, Coastal Division Rivals, is gonna become one of the Premier annual games in all of college Football. Two city schools — Pittsburgh, PA vs. Miami, FL — and two Programs on the way to becoming Major again. Lamont Wade and his Peeps know they want to be in the middle of that!!! (wink, wink) 🙂

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  74. That’s a good one wwb. Kid had offers from lots of big D1 programs like : Michigan, North Carolina, Michigan State, Tenn, and Miami. Even the Pedo’s offered him, but they’re not a big D1 program anymore, just a BigJoke also ran with a large stadium.

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  75. ^^ Carter Warren, the 6’6”, 300 pound, #7 overall recruit in New Jersey, was also offered by Michigan, Miami, North Carolina, 🙂 haha of course Butt-gers, Michigan State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee ——- and it’s because if you watch his highlights he’s a Beast (and in tape, rightfully-so he should be against those poor High School opponents though haha).

    Now — if Lamont Wade will stay and fulfill his destiny at Pitt, and if Pitt can get one more Cornerback, one more Linebacker, and 2 defensive ends and 2 defensive tackles: then this 2017 recruiting class will be a very solid addition to the Pat Narduzzi effort here at Pitt. Now, hopefully each player successfully makes it through the physical-evaluation process this time.

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  76. Va Tech laying the wood to the Tarholes in Chapel Hell. 27-3 3rd quarter. Fuente has come right in an made VA Tech a high scoring team.

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  77. Emel.. just voted.. need to go all the way and bring back replica 74- 83 unis… most of us have known for a long time what our brand is… maybe the AD takes notice… Last year I gave him a set of big car magnets in the appropriate colors

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  78. Just back from the game. I take it from comments that unis looked good on TV. They looked GREAT live.
    Dont know if you heard Emel but Consol has been renamed PPG Paints Center. Now if Charmin would buy out Heinz…replace the ketchup bottles with toilets with lifting lids….we could call it ….haha
    HAIL TO PITT

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  79. Emel – the entire world loves the throwbacks but Mormon Barnes will go back to the ND,GT, uniforms back next week after the ugly unvieling. Even Barnes is smarter than the free world. He is a dolt.

    VT is legit. Miami is legit.

    Navy and Texas paying my mortgage.

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  80. ~ BigB

    Damn straight.

    Even after 20 years, Pitt’s old brand has staying power. Even after the dolt Cornhole tried to destroy it.

    Funny he didn’t try putting a Cornstalk or something in place of the ‘N’ on Nebraska’s iconic helmet.

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  81. Anybody remember Chryst being roasted a couple of years ago because he left Blewitt on the right hash mark for a short game winning field goal attempt against Duke? Blewitt missed.

    Shakir Soto had a great game today. Tyrique Jarrett was particularly huge (literally and figureatively) on the last GT drive. Bam Bradley also with some nice play today.

    I could not believe that Johnson went for the 4th and 1 on his own 35 in a tie game. That may be his job.

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  82. ^To clarify^ Meant even after 20 years of non-use, being on the back shelf of the closet, the old colors (or close to it and the Script) have staying power. Even in the 18 states, where Pitt wasn’t #1, it was 2nd in like 15 of those states.

    Pitt throwback uni’s even won in some deep South states like Mississippi and South Carolina. And in SC won handily over NC State and Miami.

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  83. Bravo – agree with you that those three seniors came to lay today. Great efforts by all three.

    I’d like to hear from Marietta Mike on that 4th and 1 late in the game today. I think that was the only 4th down conversion they did not make today – and there were many…

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  84. http://www.espn.com/college-football/game?gameId=400868927

    Wow — I had to come here because this is totally relevant, and I’m always lookin’ to hype-up the fellow Pitt diehards who may be on here: Michigan State is getting banged-on at home, late in the 4th quarter, by 2-3 Brigham Young lol. Haha @Upittbaseball Scott Barnes is from Washington State and went to Fresno state — BYU are the REAL Mormons.

    🙂 🙂 There is very little doubt now who the real “Architect” of the all that success at Michigan State was. Mark Dantonio was always being propped-up by the Energetic, Lil-Bit Crazy (like a Fox), Take-No-Prisoners Pat Narduzzi as his Defensive Coordinator and co-head coach all the way through the building of Michigan State — back to their Cincinnati days.

    Make no mistake, Pat Narduzzi is gonna build something great in Oakland, PA . P.s. now it’s up to the “Eagles” — the Pitt Football ‘Leadership Council’ to decide if they want to wear these uniforms. They can choose to wear them every home game now if they want, but they’ll probably want to keep mixing it-up.

    Pat Narduzzi’s gonna build it, and People will come!!

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  85. OK State just tied the game at 31 with 11 minutes to go in the 4th.

    Now, unc is getting clocked by vt.

    Now if FL State can nip miami, we are back in the Coastal race again.

    The Pursuit!

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  86. OKSt is tied. Navy beating Houston that is ranked 6th. Now the Pitt loss there doesn’t look so bad. Triple Option may be more difficult to stop then initially thought. Houston has faster LB’s then we do.

    A win is a win fellas. Next week is big because it’s our next game. Maybe we get Reeves tonight too? I do like the OL pickup! Gotta have a framework to work with.

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  87. Doc – I think Blewitt has been an average college
    Kicker. He has won some games for sure but he is at best an average college kicker. He is 70% career wise and this year 7-10. His problem is he can hit a 54 yarder and then miss 2-3 in a row that are 30 yarders.

    I look forward to a new kicker next year who is consistent.

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  88. @darknight

    My only beef with Narduzzi is that he is playing a defensive scheme without the correct personnel. But…

    My hat is off to him for holding this team together, they have played hard and never quit.

    That 4th down defensive stop was amazing. That was a play that put them in a position to win.

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  89. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 @Reed especially — If Pitt can beat Miami in Miami, FL (phew — Tall-Task), and if Miami beats North Carolina 🙂 then Pitt will win the ACC Coastal 🙂 —- ‘Ya Neva Know’!!!!

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  90. Va Tech is looming large but I wouldn’t be looking past UVA at all. They can pass the ball very well.

    And we know what that means…….

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  91. If you were at the GT game today, did you notice when the men’s BB team was introduced, there seemed to be a light, warm response from the crowd. When Stallings was introduced, you heard silence.

    Was that just me?

    They were really pushing season ticket sales – I remember not so long ago that there was a waiting list for Pitt men’s BB tickets.

    Good win today for Pitt FB.

    HTP!

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  92. Doc,

    “Solid” is not a word I would use to describe Blewitt. He is Pitt’s scoring leader because he’s been at it for four years. I’d rather roll the dice and start with another stud scholarship K.

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  93. No guarantee that our next kicker will be better than Blewitt.

    He set the alltime Pitt record for career field goals today, already owns total points by a kicker, and is second in total points to, wait for it, Tony Dorsett.

    Maybe our next kicker will be more reliable, probably not.

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  94. There is a freshman kicker grayshirting who was one if the top 5 kickers coming out of high school this past year. Devin Street plays for Indy.

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  95. Nick – cut by Dallas. Cut by Pats and hasnt played for Indy. 3 years and 100 yards receving career stats. AB gets that by 2nd quarter.

    My point is college stats mean nothing.

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  96. Erie, just saw your comment about the hoops team. They got almost no reaction whatsoever. It felt very strange. The natives are not very happy.

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  97. Who would blane them?? Lame duck never been from
    vandy was hired.

    Athletes all
    Over the field for Miami and speed. Plus great coaching.

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  98. I tried getting season tix for b-ball about 12 years ago & had to get on the waiting list. I would try to get individual tix & the Pitt athletic dept. would basically tell me to go %*+# myself. Now they’re calling, emailing, begging me to buy tix, so it’s my turn to tell them the same. I’m not wasting my time & money watching Pitt crap the bed against a bunch of teams I have no interest in watching.

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  99. Meanwhile, Buttgers is down 50-0 midway in the 3rd quarter…..enjoy your new member B1G and all 19 people from the NY area watching them.

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  100. PittPT – Hey Man!! Tell Jeff I said hello. He is a great guy.
    That is awesome.

    John – yes he is a great coach. 4-0 and first year coach there. Plus leading FSU 13-0. The stadium looks really great with the new renovation.

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  101. Mark Richt. The guy got fired from Georgia for basically not going to a major bowl the past NINE years at a university where they throw money at football. The guy could take the New England Patriots roster and go 9-3 in the SEC East. Oh… and one detail, idiot. FSU lost to UNC just like your beloved…err… hated Panthers did. At home.

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  102. Love these game day threads. I’ll be re-reading them as they just tell me sooo much about my new comrades on here. The little I followed today does not make very happy. I see the lovers and I see the absolute haters. PITT football is a rocky ride in the rocky waters of a hurricane. Not for pussies and crybabies. Stay on board or get the hell off!

    Lots of things I didn’t understand today. Webb playing mostly 3 quarters is goofy to say the least. Breakdown’s (Weah drop) at the worst possible times continue to hurt the Panthers. Special teams are bad and a change will be coming. (not soon enough) Soo………..what’s the bottom line?

    PITT wins and played a good solid D-1 college football game. You guys go on complaining. I’m looking forward to next week and a horrible PITT win!!

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  103. Update: Butgers down 78-0 now late in the 4th quarter and only 2 NY area people are watching….and they are asleep on the couch.

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  104. ” PITT football is a rocky ride in the rocky waters of a hurricane. Not for pussies and crybabies. Stay on board or get the hell off!”

    Hahaha 🙂 —– That’s “ike” ^^^ Up there!!! Don’t give a hoot, ride that rocky Pitt-Storm like a Wild Man!!
    lol that’s awesome.

    …..”PITT wins and played a good solid D-1 college football game. You guys go on complaining. ” …..Ummm, I mean, Georgia Tech is not exactly a top 15 team (i.e. where we want Pitt to soon attain, then Perennially Be) — nor are they exactly Clemson / Miami / Virginia Tech in the ACC who……lol Sorry ike !!!! You’re right: let’s just enjoy the win for a night.

    @ike: “Love these game day threads. I’ll be re-reading them as they just tell me sooo much about my new comrades on here. The little I followed today does not make very happy.” —- 😦 That’s actually kinda scary …… are you gonna track our IP addresses and hunt down the trolls you don’t like —- like Liam Neeson in Taken??? Haha: because that’s what that sounded like!

    —- Kidding! ……Kinda….lol

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  105. I feel badly for Rutgers. However they do add an even stronger position for the big ten in the metro NYC market and Rutgers gets some money for athletics. I wish the ACC picked them up. I like the exposure in the Big Apple.

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  106. Rutgers is happy because they’re making a buttload of money & the B1G is happy because they jammed their network down NJ/NYC’s throats whether they wanted it or not & are making even more money. Conference expansion was never about worthy teams.

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  107. I call em as I see em DK. Don’t go get all fussed up about it friend. The old saying is “If you go looking for trouble you will surely find it” Instead look for the good, and this will surely make you happy!!

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  108. While I have been on Avonte’s case all season, I hope he is well.
    Despite his numerous limitations, no one tries harder.
    Get well, my man.
    H2P!

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  109. Will we are not clemson, louisville, alabama, washington, michigan, nor ohio st., we are also not notre dame, psu, syracuse, and oregon.

    We have a ton of room to improve, but we are no where near as disappointing as some other teams.

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  110. FSU provides Pitt an assist by beating Miami 20-19 last night, defeating the great coach Mark Richt in the process.

    We are facing uva this coming week who is 1-0 in the coastal and then the following week on Thursday night (prime time game) we play Coastal division leader VT.

    The Pursuit is on!

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  111. Ike – we have a 95.342% : 4.658% Love:Hate relationship by readers and commenters on here. It’s true – I figured it out myself.

    We don’t actually have any ‘haters’ on here at all – what we have is one contrarian commenter who exaggerates for effect. But the bottom line is that anyone who reads Pitt football blogs then takes the time to comment cares about the Panthers or they wouldn’t do it.

    New podcast will be up soon. Lots to talk about.

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  112. I was there. After Tech took the lead I took off my older block PITT cap and put on my new script Pitt cap just bought during the third quarter by my brother-in-law. I kept the price tag on like the boys in the hood. I hoped for a change of luck. All of a sudden we moved the ball and that tipped pass went to Orndorff (sic) and a spectacular TD. Hat still on, I saw that great fourth down stop and Pitt’s ability to move the ball closer to the goal line and Peterman’s move to put the ball in the center of the field for the kick. I closed my eyes and lowered my head, unable to watch the kick. Crowd roared and I raised my head to see Blewitt in a heap of white shirted Tech players. I did not know the ball hit an upright and fell through, with both officials under the goal posts looking at each other first before signalling good. Learned of the near miss only on the long walk to the parking lot. If only Pitt could play pass defense. Whatever.

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  113. I understand and have total respect for all posters. I get that it’s the squeaky hinge stuff. It’s just that I respect a PITT win a little more.

    I have to admit it was just the one poster that riled me up. I’m defensive player like that. 🙂

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