POV Tuesday Bits & Pieces

POV Tuesday Bits & Pieces

PITT (2-3, 0-1 ACC) vs. SYRACUSE (2-3, 0-1 ACC); October 7, 2017 • 12:30 p.m., ET

Carrier Dome (49,262/FieldTurf) • Syracuse, N.Y.

LINK (PDF):  Pitt Game Notes (vs. Syracuse)

GAME STORYLINES

  • Following a 42-10 rout of Rice to close out its non-conference schedule, Pitt begins a stretch of seven consecutive ACC contests this Saturday when it visits Syracuse.
  • Pitt and Syracuse have played every year since 1955, when both schools were independents. Pitt has won 13 of the past 15 games in the series but tight games have been the rule. Three of the last five games have been decided by three points or less.
  • Last year’s meeting at Heinz Field was perhaps the wildest game of the 2016 college football season. The Panthers outlasted the Orange, 76-61, in the highest scoring Football Bowl Subdivision game ever (137 combined points).
  • The Carrier Dome was at one time a place of futility for Pitt. Since 2002, however, the Panthers are 6-2 in their last eight visits. Overall, Pitt is 8-10-1 all-time in the Dome.
  • Graduate transfer quarterback Max Browne is coming off the finest performance of his collegiate career and one of the best in Pitt history. Browne hit 88% of his passes (28 of 32) for 410 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions in the victory over Rice.
  • Max Browne is completing 71% of his passes on the season to rank 10th nationally and second in the ACC. Against Rice, he threw scoring strikes to four different players and connected with 10 receivers on the day overall.
  • Dynamic all-purpose player Quadree Henderson is fourth in the country with 465 combined kick return yards. Henderson led the nation in that category as a consensus All-American last year with 1,166.

Only two seniors—cornerback Avonte Maddox and end Allen Edwards—have appeared in the starting lineup for Pitt’s youthful defense this season.

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