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)
- 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.
Pitt and Syracuse have met every year since 1955…Pitt holds a 38-31-3 advantage in the all-time series, which began in 1916…the Panthers have won 11 of the past 12 games against the Orange and 13 of the past 15…in 2016 at Heinz Field, Pitt outlasted Syracuse, 76-61, in the highest scoring FBS game ever…in their last visit to the Carrier Dome during the 2015 season, the Panthers triumphed, 23-20, on a 25-yard Chris Blewitt field goal as time expired…Syracuse’s last win in the series was in 2012, a 14-13 decision in the Dome, which snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Panthers…the 2012 encounter marked the final Big East game between the two schools…Pitt and Syracuse met 20 times as Big East members from 1993-2012 and the Orange owned an 11-9 edge in those contests…Pitt has won all four ACC meetings (2013-16)…since 1972 (45 seasons), 19 games have been decided by single digits (excluding a 20-20 tie in 1990)…the teams have played two double-overtime games and Syracuse won both (24-17 in 2000 and 38-31 in 2004)…both overtime contests were played in the Carrier Dome…Pitt is 22-11 against Syracuse in Pittsburgh…that record includes a 7-1 mark at Heinz Field…the Orange’s only victory at Heinz came in the stadium’s inaugural season, a 42-10 decision in 2001…the Orange hold an 18-16-3 advantage in games played in Syracuse…the Orange is also 2-0 against Pitt in neutral site games (the last coming at Shea Stadium in 1965)…Pitt is 8-10-1 all-time in the Carrier Dome, which opened in 1980…however, the Panthers have won six times in their last eight visits to the Dome.
Pitt’s Browne Named ACC Offensive Back of the Week
PITTSBURGH—Pitt quarterback Max Browne has been named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for his performance in the Panthers’ 42-10 win over Rice this past weekend.
Browne enjoyed the finest game of his collegiate career—and one of the most prolific passing outings in Pitt history—in leading the Panthers to victory. The graduate transfer quarterback hit 88% of his passes (28 of 32) for 410 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions.
Three of Browne’s four incompletions were dropped passes. In the first half, he was 14 of 16 for 247 yards with both incompletions coming on drops.
Browne’s passing yardage was the highest by a Pitt player since Tom Savage threw for 424 at Duke on Sept. 21, 2013. Additionally, Browne’s 28 completions were the most at Pitt since Savage also threw 28 at Syracuse on Nov. 23, 2013.
Pitt’s Browne Earns National Accolades for Rice Performance
PITTSBURGH—Pitt quarterback Max Browne, already named the ACC’s Offensive Back of the Week for his performance against Rice, received a pair of additional accolades this afternoon from two of the nation’s top quarterback awards.
Browne was recognized as one of the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award’s “Great 8” performers from this past weekend. Additionally, the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, named Browne one of its eight “Stars of the Week.”
The Davey O’Brien Foundation will select from its “Great 8” performers an overall quarterback of the week awardee on Tuesday.
Pitt fans can help Browne’s game against Rice be recognized as the Manning Award’s top quarterback performance of the weekend. Go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page and vote for the Panthers’ quarterback. Voting for the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week closes on Thursday at noon.
October 2, 2017
Pat Narduzzi Press Conference – Syracuse Week
PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO: Narduzzi Syracuse Preview
Bowl Games: This is still an uphill climb but we can do it if we get to six wins.
Pitt-NC State to Kick Off at Noon
PITTSBURGH—Pitt’s October 14 Homecoming game against NC State will kick off at noon and be televised locally by AT&T SportsNet, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced today.
The Panthers’ remaining 2017 schedule with announced television coverage and kickoff times:
Oct. 7: at Syracuse* (RSN/AT&T SportsNet in Pittsburgh), 12:30 p.m.
Oct. 14: NC State*, (RSN/AT&T SportsNet in Pittsburgh), Noon
Oct. 21: at Duke*, TBA
Oct. 28: Virginia*, TBA
Nov. 9 (Thurs.): North Carolina* (ESPN), 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 18: at Virginia Tech*, TBA
Nov. 24 (Fri.): Miami*, TBA