^^^ Is it me or are Fran’s tailgates pulling in some seriously attractive women?

Have at it Pitt fans…

I’ll watch the game on recording late tonight as the family is treating me to dinner and a play this evening for my B-Day.  You guys bring home a win and I’ll not peek at the score.

Hard to call this one but I think Pitt will dip a bit and get beaten 35-27…or maybe not because we are playing well lately.

What’s yours?

535 thoughts on “Pitt vs VA Predictions and Game Thread

  1. Happy Birthday Reed

    I firmly believe UVa has emerged as the best team in the Coastal UVa 27 Pitt 20

    But then again … I thought last week’s game was going to end something like 14-10 or 20-14 .. so what do I know

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  2. Happy birthday Reed. Thanks for creating this fun, informative and entertaining forum.

    Pitt wins a nail biter 28-27 on national TV to take over sole possession of 1st place of the ACC Coastal.

    The D holds the cavs to one score per qtr and trueFR Devin Danielson blocks an extra point (ala AD at GT) to be the difference maker Pitt needs to get the W.

    And lastly, I predict my wife and I will be drenched in Charlottesville when the final gun sounds in this Pitt victory.

    H2P!

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  3. Last week’s great finish makes this one the key to the season.

    I have no idea whether I should use psych or reverse or double reverse or flea flicker in prediction this week, so will predict later, or never as this team is really tough to read outside of huge effort and heart and tiny, weak results on defense.

    Ah, what the h, let’s say 35-28 where the Who’s in Hoo ville have their heart ripped out by the ever strengthening Pitt Panthers.

    Happy birthday Reed!!! Thanks for all you do here and elsewhere.

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  4. I’m thinking 35 points might be low for the Cavs tonight. We truly suck on defense (and our passing ain’t so hot either but did show up last week):

    Total Offense 93rd 374.3

    Passing Offense 120th 146.4

    Team Passing Efficiency 103rd 119.67

    Total Defense 99th 436.0

    Rushing Defense 97th 185.5

    Passing Yards Allowed 93rd 250.5

    Team Passing Efficiency Defense 93rd 142.46

    Scoring Defense 98th 32.6

    We are getting pretty close to 2016’s crappy 35 ppg allowed that season.

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  5. This is one I had as a loss. Think the team that gets out first will win, maybe going away. To further complicate our problems it’s really the only major game on tonight, and we do struggle for the most part in prime time. Weather reminds me of the PSU disaster, 41-24, them.

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  6. Happy B-Day

    Run, Run, Run
    Dont turn the ball over
    good special teams and field position
    Bend but not break D…dont give up big plays, hold them to field goals

    If all that happens, Pitt wins 31 to 19
    If not, Pitt loses 27 to 21

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  7. Oh, who the hell knows with this team?!

    Worst case scenario? The defense continues to play like, well our defense. The run game falters and Pickett reverts to throwing to the check down on every drop back. Cavs win 35-17.

    Best case? The run game stays physical and effective. Pickett hits some shots deep. Our defense plays like, well our defense (there’s not much hope there, fellas.) Pitt holds on 42-38.

    Likely scenario? I will be watching from my cabin, doing my best to keep the Kentucky distilleries in business.

    H2P

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    1. Have to agree with you Jay…this team is like Forest Gump’s box of chocolates…are we going to get the UCF, PSU, Pitt, or the ND, GA Tech, Syracuse, Duke type of Pitt.

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  8. Offense is obviously the key. Are Ollison, FFrench and Carter ready to go? We are going to have to score early and often for a repeat of Duke or Syracuse. The defense needs to contribute some more timely tackles with a couple turnovers. That being said, I don’t have a clue regarding outcome.

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  9. A few items of note:

    ike < me is well represented in that Fran tailgate pic.
    notice Frans tailgate chain folks.
    is Richman trying to stick his finger in my wife’s ear?
    yes, Fran’s tailgates are as much fun as they look.

    Happy Birthday Reed, didn’t think you would make it to 63 did you? I know how you love plays and all, have a great night. btw, sitting in a theater with your back situation is a good sign. Hope you are progressing well. Maybe a trip to Pittsburgh for the final home game against VT? Be great to see you.

    Narduzzi has finally beaten everyone down so far that no one mentions the injuries to Ollison and Ffrench. Will they play and or are they fully recovered? Speaking of injuries to running backs PN did say that Carter is banged up and may not play.

    Is this the every other week of Kessman’s kicking where he is off. PITT cannot afford for him to miss the make-able kicks like he did at ND.

    Another game in the rain, omg, Hope KP puts a glove on his throwing hand. Has anyone ever put one of those gloves on? A football sticks like glue. Explains some of the catches we see now a days.

    PITT’s offensive line is really coming together in their run blocking. I suspect they will continue to pound the ball with the occasional downfield heave Pickett was successful last week. PITT will have to keep the Virginia QB in check with his running abilities. If they can spy on him and hold him down PITT may pull this one out.

    I’m looking at….

    PITT…….. 27
    Virginia….24

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  10. Welcome to….Darrin Hall day ! I keep lowballing the score, other than the ND game, so what to do what to do.

    Big games for Catch 22 and Number 2, Ffffrenchy lead Pitt to victory in Hootersville. Pitt steamrolls the feathered Cavaliers…….35-20

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  11. This Pitt team has yet to win a road game. Can they get their first road victory tonight? I think they are going to have to have a big game from Hall if Pitt wants to win … I am concerned about how Ollison is feeling based on his workload last week and the short turnaround for a Friday game.

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  12. Anyone remember a game 12 or so years ago against UVA in Charlottesville where Wanny started with an onside kick? Things just went to poopoo from there and we lost something like 48 to 10. I remember having to go the Fox and Hound on McKnight Rd. to watch the game as a student because most people didn’t have ESPNU in those days.

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  13. Since a Pitt win tonight would literally be too good to be true – and since I have been long conditioned not to expect good things from Pitt in these situations — as a long-suffering Pitt fan I must predict a defeat.

    On the practical side, I worry about our blockers dealing with UVA’s 3-4 front – especially with a short week to prepare. I can see us suffering some sacks tonight which will kill drives.

    My wild guess is we lose 27 to 20.

    But I hope Erie Express’ team wins!

    And Happy Birthday to Reed. Still a young whipper-snapper!

    Go Pitt.

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  14. I’ve been saying all year until the Panthers prove they can win a close game I can’t pick em’ in tight ones. BUT LAST WEEK THEY DID!!!!!!! Also, throw in the fact that we have Virginia’s number and…………………….
    PITTMAN4EVER PREDICTS:
    PITT: 33
    VIR: 30

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  15. My head thinks we lose this one 27-20, though we are only a 4.5 pt underdog. My heart says 33-30, Pitt. I agree with Reed, our D has not been good, aside from the ND game. If we are going to win this one, I think it’ll need to be a game where we score quite a bit more than normal (ala the Duke game, and their hideous helmet logo), or maybe get turnovers in bad weather.

    Happy Birthday Reed! We’ll see what kind of a gift Narduzzi has in store for you 😉

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  16. I had this as a win in preseason. I suspect we run run run in the mud and win 28 – 24.

    Also heard audio about Lyke not ruling out an OCS in the future if we get a BIG donor savior.

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  17. If Carter plays Pitt wins 38 to 24. If Carter doesn’t play Pitt goes down 38 to 24. That’s how important I believe the Carter Ffrench combo was last week for our best offensive game this year. Carter and Ffrench should be on the field together as much as possible. And surely at least one should on the field for every offensive play.—PS Happy Birthday Reed

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      1. I’m not so sure we see much of Carter. Narduzzi said the jet sweeps are unlikely to work against a 3-4 defense like Virginia’s. To the extent we use Carter as a traditional running back, unless he has learned to pass block, I fear that UVA’s defense will know that every time Carter lines up in the backfield, it’s some type of running play.

        Of course, I hope I’m completely wrong and he runs wild for the 2nd game in a row.

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  18. I predict Erie Express and spouse get wet

    I predict Reed enjoys his evening better than the rest of us tortured souls

    I predict that we make another QB look like a viable Heisman candidate

    I predict agita while watching the game

    I predict that UPitt will mention several times in the game thread that Mendenhall>Narduzzi and that Narduzzi is stealing from the University (or something like that)

    I predict that our players will not quit

    I predict that when the game is over, I will be thankful that I did not make the 6 hour drive to sit in the rain and watch as our defense is once again torn to shreds. Maybe, just maybe, the rain slows down the track meet just a little

    Hoos 34
    Panthers 27

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  19. If we are going to play for an ACC championship then we gotta take care of business tonight !!!

    Heather was getting on elevator as I was getting out. I promptly gave her a WUPs and real Mustard Script flag….

    Lots of fun in C-ville staying in the WUP’s/ Panther den. You no- shows gotta put this place on your list. ( your ladies will love it here… I am typing this from the Home Good Store- JeanieB is on the loose !!!

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  20. Seriously, we fans are not going to see an OCS in our lifetime. It isn’t just Pitt who is the decision maker with that issue.

    And since when has Pitt had a monster donor who gave a crap about athletics?

    Our biggest donors ever were the Mellons, the Hillmans, Waltons and Bill Dietrich and all specified their gifts be used only for academics, research and university academic buildings. We’ll not see that happen for athletics.

    Huge donors to university athletic programs are few and far between…here is a list of the 50 biggest university donations and I couldn’t find any references to big athletic gifts at all, but two to Michigan and OK state.

    https://thebestschools.org/features/most-generous-alumni-donors/

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  21. It will take corporate money to build the OCS. Naming rights and exclusive contracts from say Coke and Nike, or maybe from an office supplies store such as Office Depot. Can’t see large individual donations being a major factor.

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    1. If the Steelers move to Washington or Butler County after Heinz Field’s lifespan runs up 15-20 years from now, which I get is unlikely but nonetheless possible, then Pitt will have to think of something. I guess it could continue to rent Heinz from the Sports and Exhibition Authority, but it would probably require some level of monetary investment to make it a Pitt only facility, and the school might be better off starting from scratch and building new.

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      1. the land that Heinz sits on is far too valuable for Pitt to rent it after the Steelers leave
        The City will build taxable hotels, restaurants, shopping plazas and businesses on the site
        Plus, Pitt would be on the hook for millions in renovations and would have to maintain it
        And it would still be far too big for Pitt’s needs

        Steelers will get a tax break from Butler County and they will move there
        and Steeler ownership is more than just the Rooneys these days…multiple investment groups and individuals
        Theres nothing sentimental about keeping the Steelers in the City limits
        Its all about the dollar and will be a business decision

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    2. it will take small donors…thats the key
      600,000 fans at $100 per brick (theres $60M right there)
      Pitt doesnt have any big whales unfortunately on the sports/business side
      So Pitt needs a rain maker to gather about $100M in donations over a 5 year period…thats half Pitt’s annual ACC check each year; thats a $20 donation every year from every fan for 5 years
      so its realistic
      but the other $100M will need to come from exclusive rights/marketing/contracts from corporate USA
      Again, very realistic
      The remaining $200M comes from debt and future revenue streams like ticket sales, etc, etc

      But can such a venue generate revenue streams 365 days per year? Tangible ROI is important
      And where would it go?

      My plan:
      VA hospital site (it will be shut down in 10-15 years anyway given veteran demographics and evolving health care)
      build a multi purpose venue
      incorporate office space, retail and classrooms/dorms

      Pitt does need a plan when the Heinz lease expires in 12 years. Need to be proactive and smart.
      Steelers will not invest money in massive renovations; they will build a new venue
      However, it may be in Butler County…45 minute ride by bus for students

      But Heather wont be around then. It will not be part of her legacy. She is all talk at this point and despite the feasibility study performed by Populous last year, an ‘OCS’ is not an immediate priority. But it is feasible.

      Replacing two 70 year old facilities (Trees and Fitzgerald) are the immediate priorities.

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      1. I agree that they ought to be thinking multipurpose. I say they go with some sort small retractable roof a la the stadium in Indy.

        Does the announcement of women’s lacrosse open Pitt up for a new men’s sport? Personally I’ve love to see a men’s ice hockey program, although if they we’re thinking that route, they would probably start a women’s hockey team rather than lacrosse. Mens lacrosse probably makes more sense if a new men’s sport is to be added.

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  22. I can’t agree on all the predictions by Wlat. Despite getting crushed by psu, their QB Heisman trophy candidate (McSorely) threw for less than 50% and 145 yards crushing his dreams of a Heisman Trophy candidate. Dungey didn’t fare much better either.

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  23. I will have a different score but the same outcome as last week. Pitt will blow out the Hoos by at least 1 point.

    We are accustomed to performing in the rain and turnovers will be a big part of this game, in our favor. A new freshman star emerges for Pitt, maybe Danielson. Maybe a LB. Carter is hurt. Salhuddin is hurt.

    If Watson is smart, he comes out offensively in a 5 wide set against uva 3-4. UVA will immediately have to call a timeout or risk one of their LB’s covering one of our WR’s in a mismatch. Advantage Pitt. At a minimum, we strip them of a timeout in what will be a close game. I put a WR 3 feet from each sideline to take the CB’s out of the play and open up the middle for a WR against a LB’r. Granted, the defense can use the boundary as a helper, but the idea is to open the middle of the field where you have a mismatch. Hey, it worked on the street growing up in the south hills.

    Just a strategy to get the upper hand early.

    Pitt wins in a blowout 24-23

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  24. Speed kills and as such I’m quite Pitt could incorporate Carter in plays outside of jet sweeps. He did play some wide receiver in HS and a fake jet sweep in one direction with a designed screen to either Carter or Ffrench in the other direction might have VA completely confused.

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  25. Happy 29th birthday Commander…keeping the 29 mojo my ouija board shows the good guys win 29-21. 3 field goals and one missed extra point.
    The “Weekend with Bernie” crew party until late Sunday.
    Fortunately we have a Pitt game party in my neighborhood tonight so I only have to handle a golf cart to get home safely.
    H2WUP.
    Aside to Reed: the women are far more attractive in person. Haha.

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  26. Hooos 42 Good Guys 20

    Sorry POV’ers but until the defense figures out how to handle mobile QBs especially ones that can throw a bit we will see big points put on the board against us.

    Only hope is Pitt can establish a time eating, punishing running game keeping the Hoos offense on the sidelines, but I still think Pitt loses a much closer game. Eventually, its porous pass defense will doom us to another SOP loss.

    Also, if the impossible happens and an OCS is ever in my lifetime under consideration, don’t put it in Oakland. The place is incredibly difficult to get to from both of Pittsburgh’s population centers (South and North) and its no fun tailgating in indoor parking lots. There is no open fields or areas in Oakland, and UPMC will make sure it stays this way till the end of time. Also, we need to accept, Pitt is a commuter school and therefore even students will have to commute.

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  27. Didn’t the Pirates win a World Series in Oakland at the same time PITT and the Steelers played there? Have you tried to get out of the North Shore after a Steeler game or a well attended PITT football game? Having asked that, Heinz is ok by me. (would like an OCS though) I like the club and nearby hotels. Color me spoiled rotten.. . …ike

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  28. Pitt is 0-3 on the road this year. 2 close losses (ND and UNC, 5 points and 3 points, respectively) , and 1 blowout (UCF).

    Team Stats Pitt UVA
    Points Per Game 27.8 28.3
    Points Allowed Per Game 32.6 18.8
    Total Yards 374.3 390.8
    Yards Passing 146.4 204.8
    Yards Rushing 227.9 186.0
    Yards Allowed 436.0 327.4
    Pass Yards Allowed 250.5 214.4
    Rush Yards Allowed 185.5 113.0

    Comparatively, UVA doesn’t allow a lot of points per game and are stingy on D (-9.0). Meanwhile, we give up a ton of points per game (+ 4.3 vs UVA’s average)

    Given that the average O output of UVA’s is 46 yards less than what we normally allow tells me they will likely meet their score of 28

    while I believe given their ability to stop the run will reduce our effectiveness on Offense.

    So I will add in one turnover that produces points from Pitt as well as not being able to throw/run will make this a UVA comfortable win

    35 – 14

    Dave

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  29. If you want to go to Charlotte, sometimes you go thru Charlottesville. A good place to stop & gas up, grab a cup of coffee & a quick victory. PITT 38 -Yahoos 30.

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  30. 600,000 fans!!

    At $100 a brick!!

    Sorry, but I busted all the stitches in my back laughing at that one …

    We can’t get a real 35K head count at our home games…no one but a small core of 20 – 30K Pitt fans care about Pitt football at all let alone chipping in any money at all for an OCS.

    Forget about Emminent Domain in S. Oakland also. Those run down houses are gold mines for absentee landlords in renting to students and they aren’t going to be forced out.

    I think Pitt missed a good chance for a stadium when they didn’t bid on the Homestead LTV site but it needs a lot of remediation work.

    Fun to talk about though…

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    1. I thought the same thing and even if possible still only 60 million.

      The LTV site would have been great to move all sports programs and campus expansion, but the city is happier with taxable properties.

      After the failed North Side and East Liberty projects the days of Urban Re-Development are done.It has taken those areas 50 years to recover, and they are still not there yet.

      The biggest hurdle after the money for the stadium, is the lack of infrastructure which would triple the size of the budget. Transportation being the biggest cost.

      You have to laugh at the roads heading in and out of Oakland. Bates St from the Parkway East, Blvd of the Allies, Fifth and Forbes, Center Ave. What a nightmare! At any given time, complete gridlock.

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    2. it is fun to talk about
      during the conference re-alignment days, TV studies/research were performed
      Pitt has roughly 600,000 fans (Fans and TV sets solidified Pitt’s ACC entry)
      Pitt has over 300k alumni alone
      Yes- Pitt has a core of about 25k-30k season ticket holders and another 50k-90k probably of casual fans
      And Pitt is struggling with an est. $50M Victory Heights plan (mainly because football has nothing to do with it)
      But if leadership begins planning now for the inevitable day when the Steelers leave Heinz, you have time on your side
      My point is that the money equation is very reasonable…donations, sponsorship’s, naming rights, license fees, marketing contracts, debt, future revenue streams (i did not mention increased tuition or higher student fees or any subsidized money from the County or State because it wouldnt be needed)
      Placement is the bigger hurdle

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      1. bear in mind, most fans dont attend games
        many stay home and watch on TV like myself (I have distance reasons) or dont buy season tickets but may casually attend a game or two
        creating fans is very important for universities
        getting them to attend is Heather’s job (she needs football revenue since it pays for Olympic sports)
        the experience (pre, during and post game) is the key driver

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  31. Response to 12:54 Huff III

    Not sure if any of that makes real football sense(not because it can’t) but I like the way you present things in writing here. Count me in when lining up to play and make it happen with that confidence Coach Huff!!!

    Gotta think with me and a few other choice POV’ers joining the fight(I’m thinking EE, Big B, MM and a few Texans, yes even upitt in the mix) we would stand more than just a puncher’s chance….well, that is if you could get some of us to shave off 30 or so years.

    Who is with us???

    LOL!!!!!!

    H2P!!!

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  32. Head fighting heart and searching for something remotely analytical to base this pick on … Indiana ran for 237 yards (5.4 ypc) and passed for just 150 in a win over Virginia Forget about the fact that Virginia’s defense has improved since then, sounds like a formula for a Pitt victory! Call it 34-31 Pitt.

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  33. Happy Birthday Reed. At 63 you are still a youngster in my book. I’m predicting a Pitt win and first place. Been a long time since we can say those 2 things. I will be watching on tape delay too – teaching tennis tonight until 8. Go Pitt

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  34. If Pitt were to build an OCS in South Oakland, the State would pony up the funds for new exits off of the Parkway. The traffic problem can be creatively solved. If Pitt were a top 25 college program that regularly played in big games, the fan base would broaden and many more fans would buy those bricks!

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  35. If Carter & Ollison can’t play I don’t see us winning. If they do play I might guess we’ll get a close win.

    Happy birthday Reed! Hope you get a late birthday gift from Oakland.

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  36. Hoos 16
    Good guys 13.

    Rain nullifies the passing game.
    And my, our defensive rankings are atrocious.

    Happy birthday, and when I’m out and taping the game, I cannot stop peeking at the score.

    H2P

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  37. I can see the headlines now, “Duzz beats the Hoos”. Still trusting the process. I think it comes down to 2 of football’s basic principles: Run the football and tackle the QB. HTP

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  38. Anybody going to the Miami game on the 24th, or know where the team is staying by chance?… oh, we play tonight? Prediction? Score? This team is more erratic than I was when I was a teenager, so it’s a crapshoot.
    Pitt-23
    Virginia-20

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  39. I have been wrong almost every week but feeling good for tonight with a chance to show something positive on national TV.

    Pitt 51
    UVA 34

    H2P!

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  40. Reed, ?I respectfully disagree about eminent domain. They displaced thousands of people and destroyed an entire ethic neighborhood and cultural hub when they bulldozed the entire lower hill. Sorry, but slum landlords are small potatoes compared with what was done in the name of progress. It could be accomplished if they really wanted. Now, do I think it will happen, nope, but what they did to the lower hill and that community, well…. south Oakland is nothing, nothing.

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  41. That wasn’t the point birthday boy. It’s the want that counts and I agree with you…. there just isn’t the want… Now enjoy the play and come home to a big surprise. << not necessarily the PITT game either. ike

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  42. Don’t blame the weather for that. That was a straight up blown coverage. Year 4 and we do it EVERY game. Upitt? Where are you?

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  43. Happy birthday Reed!! I hope this years a better one physically than the last one. We had to turn the sound down on the TV and listen to Billy H. because the color commentator is saying really stupid things!

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  44. looked again. that kick looked like it was spinning dead at the 1/2 yard line….well, till we hit it into the endzone. Could be wrong!

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  45. jet sweep not working well as predicted in last thread due to 3-4 alignment and outside speed. I wanna be wrong cuz i like carter.

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  46. There are certain teams ACC refs favor, UVA is not one of them. Let’s play some d and hope KP gets over his Tinoitit.( not throwing ball away).

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  47. PITT playing a good road game in the muck. Couple fumbles/bounces that didn’t go their way but a couple calls did.

    Get Lopes involved and please, please, get the D-Backs and Line-Backers off the line of scrimmage…

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  48. Yes Jones made contact with the quarterback’s head. However, are not the referees put a player whose legs are wrapped up by an opponent at risk but not blowing the whistle? UVA’s quarterback could not move.

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  49. We left a lot of plays on the field and a lot of mistakes. I know we think it’s too early to say Kenny is “below the line” but wow is he lost and ineffective – doesn’t matter if he’s a “gamer” and a nice kid.

    Had to change my name due to login issues from htp123

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  50. From the angle that they kept showing, it looked like Jones struck his head first. That is incorrect. Re-wound through all of the replays and he actually hit the shoulder pad first and slid up to finish hitting his head. I am not saying there was no head contact, rather, there was no TARGETING of the head. That’s why there was no flag and should not have been called. Watch all the replay angles.

    Actually Galloway said that refs were looking too hard to find something, which I agree with.

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    1. I agree with this Huff. This should have been a non penalty, but the league is clearly being super conservative about helmet to hemet. It’s a shame because Jones is from VA and I’d be willing to bet has has family in attendance.

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  51. Welp fellas, we are down three on the road, with mediocre line and qb play, against a tough defense on a wet field. Did anybody really think it would be any different?

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  52. Our d gave up 169 in the air and 24 on the ground. For an acc game that’s not too terrible. Our O needs to score points. The D has held Virginia to 10.

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    1. Also other than that blown coverage on the VA td…not too many big plays given up. (no whammy no whammy no whammy…)

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  53. Aw, I’ll agree it was incidental and I wouldn’t have called it, but contact to head and shoulder on qb is gonna get called most of the time. As soon as the other ref started writing in his book it was all over. Let’s hope they have some second half stuff left over from last week.
    Also, these announcers are bad, not as bad as the Bojangles crew, but pretty bad.

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    1. Haha so that Bojangles Crew is out of Atlanta and I’m actually a little bit partial to the twang of the play by play guy (Wes Durham). He does the falcons games too. He’s not to bad.

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  54. Mike, ya, you might be partial to that crew, I’d just like them to be impartial while calling a game. lol.
    Ffrench has no clue when to cut up on sweep. Carter hurt?

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    1. haha.

      Carter looked to be shaken up after his last run in the 1st half. Could be why he’s out. Where the heck is Ffrenchy in the passing game? Pitt needs to work on a scramble drill. Receivers just stand there when Pickett runs. They need to run deep so he can sling it.

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  55. The refs blew the whistle, so regardless, the play should be stopped. C’mon now……….

    Nard will get ejected if they rule touchdown!

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  56. We need to bust out some runs straight up the middle. Get Aston to lead up in there, he’s a Virginia guy so he is fired up. That will get their OLB”s out of the game and then open up play action. Also it’s the strenght of our O-line. C’mon this is not rocket science.

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  57. Four yards and a could of dust…er splash of mud. That will move the chains at any level. O-line looks like they are not tired. That is good.

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  58. Gotta give the run game a lot of credit – especially when the other team doesn’t have to defend a pass. BUT…at some point we will have to throw the ball. I don’t know what other excuses I have for Kenny. Doesn’t seem to see the field at all and not accurate.

    The good news is when I provide “constructive feedback” on a player they always come back and make a play…..so maybe a touchdown throw is coming!

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  59. awesome line play.

    and for once we cant blame Kenny’s ineffectiveness on them. Against a good defense hes had enough time. He just can’t throw.

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  60. Now if the football gods are smiling they will deliver us an 8 minute clock-eating ground-pounding TD drive. Or so we can hope. I will pour out a little bourbon in their honor.

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      1. It was even better live and in the stands.

        The Pitt fans were vocal and the players knew we were there, just lyke Joe knew. Well, maybe it wasn’t that obvious.

        Great win – very entertaining after the he drenching rain to begin the game.

        H2P!

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    1. I believe it was to let the loud Pitt fans scream one more chant and to evaluate whether to score or take a knee.

      Really, I was there. Awesome baby!

      The OOC games, not so much…

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  61. Very very satisfying game. Proud of those kids. Remember when we couldn’t score in the second half.
    Five freaking sacks! Hall shows how to come up big. Power football, all the props to the O-line, they took the game over. This after going 1-7 on third downs. Gritty, gritty, great!

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  62. Great game. Glad I decided to not go to bed & watch it there. I would have fallen asleep. Now I won’t be able to go to sleep. Hey, there’s a Pac-12 game on FS1. That will make me sleep. First Pac-12 game I will watch this year but I need something to bring me down. Felt this way after last weeks Duke game.

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    1. Add my name to the list wishing you a Happy Birthday, Obviously, you are recovering nicely from your back surgery. Now take your wife to that casino in Maryland.

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  63. Where is UPitt! Lmao! D. Hall gave us another Duke performance albeit a week later.
    Hillariously, authentic SOP!
    Now what are the odds we lose out?
    UPitt, you’re betting on the lose-out, yes? I just may ride that bet with ya at this point.
    Too much fun and too much good for our Panthers!
    We are definitely losing ALL games forward!
    If we happen to WIN another, I die and go to heaven early.
    H2P!

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  64. Enjoy this year’s O since next year Pitt loses 5 O-linemen, 2 starting RB’s and the best blocking FB in college.
    But maybe KP becomes a 300 yard passer?

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    1. tx, I like you but that comment is way way way out of bounds. Shows your true colors and I’m not afraid to say it. Gte it together brother, you’re either with us of against us!

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      1. The O has a real problem next year given the turnover of very experienced and proven starters. I’m stating the facts. I’m not reporting Fake News.

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    2. DOOD…

      Well you are kind of right, but Borbs will at least have the o line good at run blocking. There is talent there it just needs to be molded.

      I too worry about the RB’s though. But I think Salahuddin will be the real deal. Plus we might get a frosh phenom. We always get one good prospect.

      Heck I hope KP can become a 200 yard passer

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    3. Wet blankets are no fun –

      I see a lot of talented, young Narduzzi players stepping up.

      Be patient – the changes are in “process”. Trust or go bust.

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    1. Hall showed speed I didnt think he had
      The line is awful at pass protecting and KP holds the ball too long which doesnt help
      But Watson has an identity now…power running
      I didnt see many jet sweeps tonight or even 1 wild cat
      Virginia employs 4 LB’s so thats probably why Pitt ran inside

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      1. Hall has always showed speed. He doesn’t power through contact. What he does now is he looks for and finds alternate holes that this line gives him.

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    1. Aston saw how thuggish Virginia was early on and decided “Oh, hell no.” Great seeing Big George give 150 percent out there and letting those Cavs defenders know to be watching for him coming up and knocking them out.

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  65. If I could I would retract my last two comments (euphoria) . Let’s move on to the VT game and see what unfolds. Let’s not use names and finger pointing. Remember the 3 fingers pointing right back at you. ike

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    1. successful programs dont rebuild
      they re-load
      when you dont have adequate player development and a pipeline of elite recruits, guess what?
      You fail

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      1. Umm, Ok. Thank TX.
        Seriously, the others who tell you to enjoy a victory are correct.
        You talk like we’re Bama. We aren’t that. We are Pitt; in the same gear we have been for 30 yrs.
        I’m not sure what you’re aspiring to. Not happy with mediocrity here, either, friend. But I’m thinking that if your are a native or trandplanted Texan, then you may see things through a different lens than many of us here do or will in this lifetime. Which would be appropriate for a fan in TX, I suppose, where FB is King & winning at it (at all costs) is an undoubted priority (See TAMU, UTX, TCU, TTECH, BAYLOR). It’s understandable, I mean, that feel this way. It’s a regional thing still to this day. It’s just that the Atlantic COASTAL Region no longer feels the same longing as the mid and south west.

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      2. It is developing right before your very eyes.

        But you have to open them to see it.

        Great game to be at in person, but I will admit there is a lot of work to be done.

        QB, LB, TE and WR, to name a few…

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  66. Great win by the Panthers tonight. We continue our identity of being a running team. Good scheme for running inside against the 3-4 defense of Virginia. Questionable decision by Narduzzi on going for the 4th and 1 at our own 10 yard line. Offensive line coach deserves a ton of credit for molding this group.

    Still surprised we have won the last two weeks. Hopefully Ollison heals quickly in time for Virginia Tech.

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  67. What a great win over thuggish Virginia team. Bronco and the school should be embarrassed with how those players act and the cheap shots they take. Too bad Pitt has no passing attack and couldn’t have scored 50 on those jerks. Narduzzi feasts on Syracuse, Duke, Georgia Tech and Virginia. Now he needs to even the score with VTech next week.

    What a shame Hall had his redshirt blown in 2015. Pitt could really use him next season with so many question marks at running back.

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  68. Pitt’s tough schedule is paying off

    Those who clamor for a MAC-laden OCS give it up. We beat Syracuse, Duke, and Virginia because our tough schedule helped us grow. Say no to the schedule pollution of meaningless non-conference games. Virginia’s ranking was laughable based on their schedule.

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    1. Yeah, either that or we are 7-2 or 8-1 and near top 10 with much tv talk to help recruiting and fill the stands with less players injured by a very rough game and possibly many more players with game experience AAAAND defensive and offensive stats that are at least in the 30’s or 40’s. That would be so horrible.

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  69. PITT just was way more physical that UVA. That was great to watch. They’ve got another very physical game next week; should be a lot of fun.

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  70. If I can ask a question here? Did every player on the PITT football team that has been roundly criticized have a good game tonite? That is a question.

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  71. This O-line sure can road grade. We hear about Moose’s line and potentially three number-one picks up in Madison, but this Pitt unit can run block with the best of them.

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  72. I had Pitt winning by 15….I’ll take 10 though. But the key word I used this morning….was steamroll
    Ran over and flattened the guys with feathers in their hats.

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    1. So true that we took our foot off the gas and didn’t score again even though easily could have pounded the ball and physically asserted our dominance over them for another demoralizing score.

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  73. Nard Dog is slowly learning you gotta put constant pressure on Spread QB’s, yes they will still complete a lot of passes but……..bend don’t break. Pitt’s D only gave up 211 yards tonite. That is awesome against a Spread. And more importantly only 1 TD.

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    1. the spreads that hurt Pitt are the up tempo and no huddle offenses
      Pitt’s D just doesnt have athletic enough LB’s and enough DB’s to cover 5 speedy players
      Narduzzi hasnt done a good enough job recruiting speed
      And he still plays a base 4-3 against these teams

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  74. Please, I’m sure when Reed gets to watch the game he will happier than a butchers dog.

    Hope to see a record turnout next week for the VT game and make sure you all come by Fran’s tailgate. (hope you don’t mind Fran)?

    I have some points about Watson and this O-line coming up.

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  75. While I mentioned before the game my opinion that UVA was over rated, a win is still a win so let’s enjoy it. That includes you, Tex.

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  76. Don’t know if it has been mentioned, but the weather really favored us tonight. While we lost Carter and Ffrench’s speed and cuts, our power game is made for mud. Their QB’s skills as a runner and passer were hampered while ours aren’t as much to lose. It also helped the pass rush on both sides, again advantage us.

    It started with VA’s first drive in the downpour and with their turnovers.

    So while it was a great win for us, let’s not get too cocky and say that VA isn’t that good. I don’t want to play them again on a dry field.

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      1. For never going to Pitt, my son sure is a giant Panther fan. I guess I brainwashed him pretty good. 😊

        He’s a great fan — enthusiasm galore and knowledgeable about the team and it’s history.

        Glad you guys got to see an exciting win. Rachel too!

        Go Pitt!

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        1. Reed — I’m pretty darn sure I have seen comments on here about Narduzzi losing the team, the team quitting, and reference to problems in Oakland. Don’t remember who posted those sentiments, and of course every team has some degree of “problems,” especially with players who think they should be starting or playing more…

          I did put a smiley face after my comment — didn’t mean to be using a broad brush…

          Hope your rehab is going well.

          Go Pitt.

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  77. —Only saw the second half, but after all the accolades about the UVA QB, Pitt made him look pretty darn pedestrian.

    —Maybe the Bronco was broken-down tonight.

    —George Aston is awesome.

    —Reading the comments during the game really shows the passion of Pitt fans — not necessarily the best judgements, but tons of passion!!

    Go Pitt.

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    1. Sincerely not “pedestrian.” Bryce Perkin looked to be the better of Ian Book, Daniel Jones, and Eric Dungey, even, throughout 3 qrts. But Pitt D got the best of him in the 4th.
      Yes, agree, George Ashton will be missed nxt year, special player.
      Passsion of PGH fans, no question Major Majors!
      Gotta love the decal pasted “Pittsburgh -[Star of David]- Strong” on the players’ helmets bumper for tonight’s game. They backed the statement well. As well as the city.
      Very proud of this team tonigh.

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  78. I feel foolish in my prediction suggesting that even if Pitt were to grind the Hoos into the ground they would still pull an SOP defeat from the jaws of victory. I was DEAD wrong and admit it!!!

    Great win, absolutely no BS about ugly wins, this was a great, gutty, hard fought road victory against a team that was pretty full of themselves, until our Oline and George the Animal Aston took over the game.

    Nardy and Bates deserve all the credit in the world for this one, except for the obvious missed assignment by Campbell this defense was awesome and deserves credit, just like it deserved all the criticism it received in many previous games. Maybe, just maybe the D is starting to jell. The ND and UVA games showed a defense that can win games. Just for tonight I’m going to ignore what happened against Duke, maybe its the wine talking but H2P!!!!

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  79. Even if VT loses tomorrow (which is very possible given that BC is pretty solid), our game against VT is huge. If we lose to VT, VT will have 1 or 2 losses, but more importantly, it will have the head to head win over us in case we are tied at the end of the year with the same ACC record.

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    1. I will do the numbers for the game and see what they say. But mind you will pretty much own VT in da Burgh. Pitt is 4-1 since 2000 against the Gobbler Turkeys in Ketchup Bottle.

      Early indicators point to a Panther win !

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  80. Love the video of the kids doing the chorus of the PITT Victory Song… it’s time
    It’s retired to its entirety … let the band play it the way it was written Gallagher!!!

    I was there … we opened a big canof WUP-ass!!! I could hear the some of the hits sitting half way up !! This team is improving with the exception of a passing game.

    One game at a time…. George is a beast and a pretty darn fast beast at that..

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  81. What a great morning! Drizzling and grey skies, but it looks great to me! Something I don’t think anyone mentioned, did you notice how the UVA guys had trouble planting and cutting and we didn’t? Did we finally have the right spikes for the turf conditions?

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  82. Early forecast for next Saturday…. high of 39 degrees and only 10% chance of rain. I’m also forecasting a very large turnout at Fran’s tailgate and a 50% chance of a BigB sighting.

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  83. We all have one extra day to get ready for another biggest game of Narduzzi’s head coaching career. Oh yeah, the players also get one extra day and a hour to be prepared as well.

    I think that win calls for a Reed Saturday or Sunday podcast….. and lookie what Narduzzi gave Reed for his birthday.

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  84. “But, but, but the players hate Narduzzi because he got rid of Ox..”

    Great comment. Really bringing value to the discussion here on the POV…

    Really happy about the win. Very little to complain about after that win. (There are still some things to worry about but I’ll save that for another day- just savoring the moment today.)

    Let’s make it a clean sweep.. Go Blue! Hook ’em Horns!

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    1. Someone had to make that decision in preparation. Good chance if Pitt guys were slipping and sliding, Ox would have been brought up against Narduzzi.

      If you don’t think so, you don’t read much here.

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    2. Well, just pointing out about past comments on here that Narduzzi was losing the team, players hated him for getting rid of Ox, etc.

      There is some value to it because those comments were totally false.

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  85. So Pittsburgh, VA Tech, VA, Miami still have a chance at the Coastal Championship. Pittsburgh the slight favorite at this point. A VA Tech victory a must and pretty much seals the deal unless Miami runs the table or we lose to Wake and Miami.

    In any case, can we get a turn out next week? Most meaningful Pitt game since Cinci.

    This team deserves a good crowd.

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    1. I was at the game. The horse collar triggered UVA fans so bad. Haha. Loved it. Didn’t look like a horse collar on Stadium screen. What was the consensus?

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      1. The ref was right there who threw the flag, unlike the targeting where there was no call on the field, they had to look at it in slow motion and it took forever to make a call. So there must have been some debate.

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  86. Amazingly, Pitt held VA to a net 44 yds rushing with the longest run of 22 yds. Perkins with a net -7 due to the sacks. First game where the defense contributed equal to the offense. Their father was a mudder, their mother was a mudder. LOL

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  87. Andrea Adelson

    @aadelsonESPN
    12h12 hours ago
    Updated Coastal odds from @ESPNStatsInfo if Pitt hangs on:

    VT: 28 percent
    Miami: 27 percent
    Pitt: 25 percent
    UVa: 14 percent
    GT: 6 percent

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    1. I’m surprised we’re that high.

      How in the world did we beat Duke with only playing defense on like two series, and then beat UVA with no passing game?? I’m serious.

      But I’ll sure take those wins and smile about the Panthers for another week…

      Go Pitt.

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      1. it practically goes to 0% if Pitt loses to Va Tech next week though
        But if Pitt wins out, they go to play Clemson in the Championship

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  88. We did have the rain field advantage…..

    The key to this game in my opinion was stopping the virginia running game and forcing them to pass. They also had a lot of offensive penalties which made it easier to defend. Their qb is a running talent but the second key was that our DL stayed in their lanes and were patient, keeping him hemmed in if you will. He took some big losses.

    I do think the rain caused some of his early tosses to go high when his guys were open. Oh well, too bad.

    Look, Narduzzi would have been fired if Pitt didn’t pick up the 4th and 1 at its own 10 yard line and given up a score as a result. I think Narduzzi knew early on that Pitt DL was stopping the run first and that he was convinced they couldn’t run against us. That helps decisioning (i.e. going for it).

    I think the comments were mostly spot on for the time place and circumstance. For those mocking it, join in. Let’s see how you make out. We did miss a lot of tackles but made the ones that were important at the end. Narduzzi agreed with that after halftime with what many were saying on the blog. I was good with the comments.

    We need to remember who the hoos are : Beat Richmond, Ohio, NC, Miami, Louisville and Duke. Lost to NCSt., Indiana and Pitt. (6-3).

    Reed, happy birthday! Glad you are still on the right side of the dirt.

    My prediction earlier was a Pitt blowout of 24-23. Pretty close had we not fumbled the extra point try again.

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  89. A few thoughts and my opinions:

    First quarter Va threw two passes for 82 yards, after that around 120.

    Borbely deserves credit somewhere here.

    The much maligned O-Line deserves much credit here.

    KP does not see the field well and doesn’t get his passes off in the right timing.

    Turns out Hall ain’t so bad.

    Turns out just maybe, Hendrix ain’t so bad.

    Where oh where has little Lopes gone?

    Hamlin has stepped up his game to another higher level.

    PITT’s defense is helter skelter at times and solid others. Kind of Dr Jeykll/Mr Hyde.

    Narduzzi out-coached Mendenhall.

    PITT gets a road win.

    BigB took the south by storm and took names doing it.

    That’s all folks . . . ike

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  90. Watching the game again, clearly and indisputable horse collar. Had to hear how tall the kid was 6’7″ multiple times. Well his long reach came back to haunt his butt.

    Virginia players rolling around in pain after plays all game made me feel good. << Is that a bit sick? The north wins again.

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