So first, in order to celebrate the impending kickoff, a bunch of POV’ers met up at a local area golf course yesterday.  After they quickly and easily dispatched an imposter’s best attempt to troll the group, a good time was clearly had by all.

And after the round it was rumored that this refrain could be heard echoing from the 19th hole:

Fight on for dear old Pittsburgh 
And for the glory of the game 
Show our worthy foe that the Panther’s on the go 
Pitt must win today! Rah! Rah! Rah! 
Cheer loyal sons of Pittsburgh 
Cheer on to victory and fame 
For the Blue and Gold shall conquer as of old 
So fight, Pitt, fight! 

Da da da da da-da Fight, Pitt, fight! 
Da da da da da-da Fight, Pitt, fight! 
V-I-C-T-O-R-Y! 

and

Hail to Pitt, Hail to Pitt, every loyal son 
Hail to Pitt, Hail to Pitt, till the victory’s won 
The Gold and Blue shall wave forever 
On high thro’ fair and stormy weather 
We’ll sing her praises far and wide until the end of time 
Hoop hurray, Hoop hurray for dear old uni.. 
Give her a grand old ALLEGENEE GENAC GENAC GENAC 
We’ll wave and cheer for many a year 
And sing her songs out loud and clear 
For our University.

340 thoughts on “Virginia at Pitt Open Game Thread

  1. Opening game jitters – check.
    Free for a week Hulu – check.
    99cent Post Gazette for 8 weeks – check.
    Chardonnay opened – check.
    Wife working the hors d’oevres – check.
    All that remains is a win over the Hoos.

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  2. Welp…so much for the Whip it offense. Pickett off target on two … and then they sniffed out a screen booooooo

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    1. I think they were trying to get too cute and catch VA sleeping. Lets see if they don’t go back to the run game

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  3. Last year I saw ALL Pitt games. This year because the ACC network is not carried by Xfininty. I get the sh*tty gamecast. I hate xfinity and the acc network

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  4. Well Reed…if you are out there. You were right. Pitt will let you down every time. It’s still early though but damn we gave them that TD

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    1. Until Pickett completes a pass downfield, we actually hand the ball off, and we are able to block the other team’s punt team, I will remain on this ledge.

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  5. My biggest fear is that our defense will be good but will give up when they come to realize that the offense can’t score 10 points against any decent team.

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    1. That is a pleasant surprise. If Pickett stinks against Ohio next week Narduzzi is gong to have to open the QB competition. Right???

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  6. The pedos scored 79 today and you know that rat Franklin will run up the score on us. Gonna be a looooooooooong season folks…..

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  7. Nice defensive stand. Matthis redeems himself for getting made a fool of earlier in the drive

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  8. First quarter good bad ugly

    Good – Defense not too bad. We can run behind Morrissey Some wide receivers have been open deep.
    Bad – Punting Game (sigh). Running outside
    Ugly – Kenny Pickett has completed 1 pass and that was to a running back and it was still poorly thrown.

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  9. My only complaint on that drive was regarding AJ Davis’ weak-a$$ stiffarm on that long pass. But I am picking nits…

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    1. Lets see if he picks it up. He defintitely looks out of sorts out there. FWIW that PI saved us four points. Outside of Hamlin the D looks pretty good. Front 7 nasty. I’ve been watching Tywman though and he is not playing well.

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  10. I’m actually glad UVA called time out. Kenny Pickett was regressing back to happy feet Kenny

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  11. Narduzzi when asked about how he feels about how the Defense contained Bryce Perkins

    “They get a B- so far, they did get about 3 sacks…”

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  12. Been to 3 bars .. all have Direct TV or Fios but we’re told they could not show ACC network until next week.

    Clemson, BC and Hokie fans rioted earlier.

    Fans in stands tell me UVA QB is taking a beating.

    H2P. Nice comeback. Hillgrove seems to have sobered up.

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  13. Q2 Good, bad ugly

    Good: Kenny Pickett comes alive. Todd Sibley. Good defensive stands. TWO PASSES TO TIGHT ENDS. We are winning.
    Bad: One pass to TE was dropped. The other was behind the LOS
    Ugly: Damar Hamlin is getting owned. Sloppy tacking at the end of the half.

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    1. You very well may be right.

      With that being said… if the trend continues we could run away with it in the second half. I think Virginia is better than that though.

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  14. who’s the knucklehead commentator on the right saying this is what he saw with Pitt’s offense last year?
    uh, nothing like it

    ok, KP tuck and run and first couple of series, but I hope Whip has that behind Kenny

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      1. Unwritten…”arm talent wise”. It’s pretty clear that Watson was holding him down.

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  15. At least we don’t have the bojangles announcers.

    Did anybody else notice the troll job in the first quarter when they played the UNC highlights on top of our crappy 1st quarter offense? Thanks ACCN!

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  16. I didn’t even bother trying to predict these guys. Will Pickett be OK and the O-line be any good? Are any receivers good and will Ford be an Edsel? Will the pass rush be good without our best DE?

    So far so good….especially the O-line. Virginia has 9 guys returning on defense.

    I think Pitt grabbed the Mo and Virginia knows they have trouble beating Pitt.

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  17. Nice recovery from the early disaster. Secondary has to shore up some issues. OLine is hanging in there pretty well. Kenny looked horrible early. Started to settle in a bit. We have a lot of weapons on offense if Kenny can just get them the ball.

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  18. You guys crack me up. It’s like I’m stuck with my wife’s 4 sisters in a kitchen somewhere. This just in, a football game is 4 quarters long.

    Not real happy with the game so far but??

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    1. Sorry to hear that ike. If we can copy-paste the 2nd quarter two more times your suffering will not have been in vain

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  19. Mendenhall very transparent about the fact that our D-Line is beating their O line. lets hope it continues

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  20. Dude was double coverd he had ffrench breaking open on the other side.

    And we are back to Q1 pickett…

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  21. Not everything is going to go your way Pitt. You cannot fall apart after adversity … especially you Pickett!

    UVA taking over the game.

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    1. The momentum has definitely swung. Thought the d might make a stand. They are on the field too long. You could see it in that last series. Whipple needs to switch to smash mouth if only for a couple drives

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  22. How many 3rd downs have we stopped?

    And what have you seen from Kenny from all this off season work and progress??

    We out way too much pressure on this defense.

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  23. Q3 Good bad ugly

    Good: Paris Ford & Kylan Jonson
    Bad: Same old Kenny
    Ugly: Where to start. KP takes sack on 3rd down then kessman misses the field goal. Our running game

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  24. Out of town and can only listen to the game on radio. Bostic it outstanding. Hilgrove the worst. Mistakes on just about every call. Last straw was calling the 50 yd FG good before Bostic corrected him. He calls what he hopes happened, not what did happen. Turned radio off. Will check for final tomorrow. HTP!

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  25. Pickett clearly frustrated after that last play. Just walked past whipple when he came off the field.

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  26. Carter not looking good tonight and no real plays to get him in space. Offense has been dreadful this half and the defense has failed to make some plays to get off the field.

    So Todd Graham recruited Perkins to ASU?

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  27. There punter outputting us and their kicker outkicking us. Can’t win against superior talent with that.

    Again, Narduzzi getting completely out coached on attention to detail.

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      1. SOP. Sorry guys. I drive a long way to come to every game and same old crap. KP is officially a below average P5 QB and is the same as last year. Period. Might as well try the others. We have a couple good athletes but the recruiting of average players is manifesting itself as always.

        Well, at least my new Pitt gear is a better color scheme.

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  28. “Kenny pickett just kind of walks into the sack” LMFAO i’m doing it to keep from crying..

    PLEASE get pickett out of there. We are pocking up the blitz and he is panicking.. THe announcers are openly saying it

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    1. We picked up them up for the most part. Pickett sucks. Thought whip coudl coach him up. He can’t

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    1. If we see more of the same next week, we need to sack pickett and go with Patti or beville and call this a rebuilding year

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    1. Yea it’s going to be bad. Damn I just wanted to believe that Pickett would improve. I’ts like he’s the exact. same. guy.

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  29. And thus ends the great Pickett Charge experiment….and another whole season if bone-head Narduzzi insists Pickett is the only answer at QB. Just think Pitt fans, Pickett will be a senior next year….so naturally Narduzzi will insist he’s #1 QB again.

    Thank God he burned his redshirt….

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  30. Listened to Bostick just say UVA made mistake free football. THATS WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO DO.

    Pitt will never win w Narduzzi. A man with NO attention to detail.

    Outplayed and out coached game after game. Can you say 0-4. Ohio will kill us next week. It’s their Super Bowl.

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  31. I feel sorry for the defense. They will lose heart after a terrible 1-3 start and no offense. That is if we can beat a decent Ohio team next week. (just shoot me….)

    Just how bad is our QB situation if nobody can beat out Pickett?

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  32. I think coaches should get year-year contracts based on their performance. It would quickly weed out incompetency and awaken fans from their malaise.

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  33. This just in (and it’s official) Pickett stinks! And no degree of player/coaching development will change this fact.

    He has a $100 heart, a dime arm and a nickel brain. NEXT!

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  34. With the exception of a brief period in the second quarter, our offense has been a complete disaster

    And now at the end of the game the defense has given up.

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    1. Does not surprise me. We knew what we were getting into with him. Will be interesting if Duzz makes him try to run next week.

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  35. Ike… so sorry I was right. Hope you are ok. I still love ya. Easiest money I’ve ever made.

    Think 0-4 everyone. It’s going to be very ugly. So glad we hired Whipple What an awesome offense. And it’s not just Pickett although he was horrible, the O line is atrocious.

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    1. I beg to differ on the o line. They were doing a good job of picking up those jailbreaks in the second half and pickett screwed it up with his awesome pocket presence

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  36. Well credit where credit is due. Virginia played clean. They played tough. The sad part is that if we had an offense we could have won. Buckle up fellas. Could be a long year.

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  37. Last year, save for Wake.
    8 yards passing against Clemson.
    Puhleeeze.
    If George, Patti, or the freshman is worse, I will still take it over two more years of this.

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  38. OL is horrendous. Pickett will be lucky to last past the PSU game…

    Next week will be interesting but I see losses vs PSU & UCF. They might score 50+ against us.

    This is what I thought we’d see and the the day Narduzzi makes halftime adjustments will go down in Pitt football.

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  39. I actually thought the OL was decent
    KP had moments of good, many more not
    WR generally sucked with drops and poor adjustment to balls and not high pointing
    RB’s decent, what little we saw

    D was solid if not very good led by line and good lb play and decent defenders outside Dane’s start
    punter, kessman obviously not great

    Whip is fine, Bates is fine, Narduzzi needs to figure things out quick
    Narduzzi’s presser will be different, no humor I’d bet

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  40. Virgínia hired a proven coach. Pitt’s administration hired another coordinator.

    This program is a graveyard for quarterbacks.

    Anyone else shocked the defense allowed a TD with seconds left?

    All of a sudden it looks like we have no running backs. Suddahulin made a mistake.

    I sure hope the special teams coach wakes up and teaches blocking. Was it Bright who blocked poorly on the blocked punt.

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  41. Huh, the VA defenders had pressure on Pickett every time he dropped back. He was sacked 3 times and put on his ass every other play it seemed.

    In addition we had 2.6 yards per carry total… The backs only were 3.4 ypc.

    The OL sucked. The team played at their talent level – average again.

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  42. Looking at the schedule I figure 4-8 and maybe 5-7 if we can beat VT. Thankfully no bowl game which is just another automatic loss anyway.

    Duke, GT and maybe VT are the only possible ACC wins I see. And it might be only one ACC win. But Pitt does always upset someone, so….

    The Pitt pedo game is on national TV. This game will set back recruiting 10 years. We will be praying for 3 star recruits after the UCF massacre is seen by all.

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    1. No way this team beats Duke, N Carolina, Hell even BC looks good. Maybe we can play w Va Tech. Ugly long year ahead. Hire a head coach!

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      1. It’s one game. We lost to the Coastal favorite with a lot of starters back and blew chances, as usual. Mack’s drop and #15 whiffing on a sure sack that would have been huge on third down killed us. I think Pitt had the lead when we missed out on the sack.

        Mack’s drop just cannot happen. Would it have mattered? I’m sure Whipple would have thrown three more passes and we punt. Does Pappy know what the run game is?

        The defense was hitting hard, Ford looked good, but Camp got hurt and Jackson needs to play better for a senior. Twyman was invisible.

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  43. What adjustments are you looking for?
    First quarter was disaster that turned around in 2nd, so was that adjustments? Then you have a great 2nd quarter and YOU WANT ADJUSTMENTS? OK, they did, they went back to playing like crap.

    Please be more specific as to what adjustments weren’t made but needed to be? How about this? They made TOO MANY ADJUSTMENTS at the half. That is what looks obvious to me.

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    1. If you look at the game stats, the game was actually pretty close—-except for those interceptions. Brought back memories of the interception for a touchdown at the end of the first half of the ACC Championship game last year when the game wasn’t really out of hand yet. Pickett just doesn’t really see the field well at all.

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  44. KP had time on plays but happy feet and didn’t use it. Not every play but many more him the problem rather than the line. Yes, if you move the wrong way in the pocket, you get sacked. He made some great plays too, but just because he gets sacked some and pressured some isn’t always the line.

    Not saying they were great, and who watches them carefully enough to judge other than their coaches DURING THE GAME? Sure they weren’t dominant but IMO far from horrendous.

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  45. Pickett was, at one point, 8 for 9 with one incompletion being a drop. The rest of the game
    he consistently missed open receivers. Sure, he was rushed a lot but that’s no excuse for the terrible overthrows. Just never puts any air under the ball. Disappointing considering all we heard about his progress. If Mr. Whipple is indeed a quarterback whisperer, perhaps Kenny is a just bit hard of hearing?

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  46. The offensive strategy of counting on a shaky QB to pass pass pass the team to victory was capital-a Awful. Mark Whipple should get as much blame for this debacle as anyone wearing a uniform.

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  47. I’m just going to watch college football in general. I was pissed about the ACC Network not on xfinity but maybe they are saving me from a stroke. Most likely signing off again (PittItIS).

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  48. It was obvious early that the running game wasn’t working. The RBs cannot break tackles. And Pickett was missing receivers all night long. And in the dead head category, Pickett takes a 10 yard sack that contributes to the Kessman missed fg. Just not a good overall performance tonight.

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  49. Pitt’s next opponent scored 41 points today, then the following week’s opponent scored 79 … and then the opponent after that scored 62

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    1. Those teams played no one as good as Virginia. Those teams beat three pathetic teams when we should have been playing Delaware. Yeah, ACC Network. Boo to switching the opponents.

      Next week is a big one.

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  50. I wish I had something witty to say, but just getting home after that game. I’m not angry, that ship sailed long ago. I’m disappointed in myself for allowing the false glow of optimism to creep in. Sure it’s one game, but that’s the point, it’s ALWAYS one game, or one pass, or one turnover, or one whatever. It’s obviously too much to ask to have a competent QB. Or an o line that can block.
    Why this game surprised me is puzzling. I mean I did say they have 4 new starters on the o line, all new running back, and a qb that was inconsistent at best. Seriously, what was I expecting?
    Now, I was ready to jump off the ledge last year after the start we had. But guys, it is groundhogs day. Does anyone think it will end as well? Pickett is now an upperclassman and he’s making the same dumb plays over and over. And he’s also getting killed. The o line is a sieve. If that’s the best game plan Whipple can come up with after having months to prepare I’m more than a little concerned.
    I will take some solace in the fact we lost to a better team. They just were better. But the lack of halftime adjustments again? Yup, groundhogs day. Why do I keep going to the show when I know how it will end? ITs JUST ONE GAME. Wash, rinse, and repeat!

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  51. I said it would take a season for the QB to adjust to Whipple’s offense (his offense looks like the way to go.) . Next yr should be better. Who has the replacement for Narduzzi picked out? Shut up and count on consistency of coaches to improve recruiting. We are not going to be good this year.

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  52. Just got home…
    First off thanks to Fran, Big Al and all the rest who put together an outstanding tailgate experience. Getting to meet the POV guys is really worth it, but it is really painful to be on this diet.

    Unfortunately, I didn’t find the game to be much of a surprise, Pitt was outclassed by a better team.

    The QB’s were the major difference, although their receivers made more great catches than ours and didn’t drop any/many. Unfortunately KP didn’t appear to improve much from last year.

    What I really don’t understand is that I thought we were going to have a balanced offense. Whipple pretty much put the whole game plan in KP’s hands and he obviously was not up to the task. He never gave the running backs a chance. The one good drive was due as much to Sibley and was the only balanced attack that I noticed..

    It was great to see Pitt come from behind and take the lead at the half. It was most surprising after the way they played in the first quarter. The drop by Mack and subsequent poor throw by KP was the turning point. Game over.

    Their special teams were better than ours, another deciding factor.

    PoD says DiNucci could have won the game for us, although I doubt it, he couldn’t have been worse than KP was today. KP missed a lot of open receivers and not by a little bit, but the overall game plan was dumbfounding. Di Nucci was pretty accurate on his mid range throws today.

    I thought the O-line did pretty well in their first game, actually better than I expected.

    I also thought the defense played very well, they are faster and they tackled well. The loss of Weaver hurt, but they still did pretty well against a very good QB with some fine receivers.

    Whipple better go back to the drawing board, there were some finely designed plays, but your QB can’t execute a high enough percentage of them. It seemed like they were going for the home run way too often.
    We need to establish the running game or finding five wins will be difficult.

    By the way it was a nice crowd and the effort is being made to improve the college atmosphere.Hate to say it but half this crowd will be absent next week. Still think they should tarp most of the upper decks.

    A final observation is that the refs were much more efficient in their reviews.

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  53. The ACCN was no where tonight. Totally unavailable tonight in the greater Philadelphia region — I even went to a “sports bar” with 25 LCD TV that hadn’t the forethought of enlisting SLING, FFS. And with such close notice of potential providers via, i.e. Reddit , couldn’t get on board to anything live this game day.
    Absolutely. Pathetic. And I am fairly good to find a source. So.thus was the most botched opening day EVER.
    Call me crazy, but in these parts (East Coast PA), there were many of us EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED by this turn of fate.
    **Thanks so much to Comcast/Xfinity, as well as the failed launch of the ACCN.
    I’m just a “common fan” here, you’d think these Giants would suppose.
    But that’s bot true at all. ‘Cause win or lose, it’s my HOME TEAM and I’m willing to pay to watch the games @ESPN on opening day with a conference rival.
    What does if take to “get that,” I ask.

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  54. Hey all,

    I have been reading ACCN isn’t available on Xfinity

    So I didn’t bother looking for the game.

    I guess it was a better use of my time to pack for our new home as opposed to going through Sonny & Cher in Punxsutawney.

    Dave

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  55. It is all about execution.

    You will not win when you have a blocked punt, throw two interceptions, drop two easily catch-able balls, miss a field goal and too many to count open receivers. Plus no running game.

    Yeah, a few things to work on this week.

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    1. 4 easily catchable balls. Tipton, Mack, #86, and one other one (a running back?) I guess the receivers were expecting overthrows as there was no air under the ball all night.

      And our dbs still don’t look back for the ball. The floater where Bryce got crushed and he just threw it up, the guy in double coverage got it. Should have been an easy pick.

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  56. I didnt see the game but kept updated via phone while on business. Just got done reading the comments. All 300 plus of them. Not surprised by how this game turned out. I am surprised that Kenny continues to struggle with the basics. If he doesnt quickly grasp the system, this team might not go bowling. However, Pitt still has a good shot to win 7 season games and upset a team or two. Dont go jumping off any bridges. But there wont be a Coastal title this year.

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  57. Tx, if the blog made it seem that Kenny doesn’t grasp the system, we need to work on our accuracy as I think that isn’t it. Kenny doesn’t grasp anything consistently enough to perform in the system. Inaccuracy, lack of touch, receivers that are unable to compensate for imperfect throws, an o-line that is leaky enough to justify his happy feet, etc. System grasping isn’t what looks to be the problem.

    And with all that, the mistakes by the punter(maybe blocker too), a few receivers dropping easily catchable balls, and the long fg miss all were critical and against a fair?, not even very good UVA, we won’t overcome all that with our seemingly at least capable defense. Kenny is not good, but he is just one eleventh of the problem. He needed a Wake Forest opponent to start the season, and I am not sure UVA is anything much better, but they do have a QB and a kicker. We don’t.

    If KP doesn’t get it together fast next week, this needs to be blown up. I was really looking forward to the PSU game when the tickets arrived today. That excitement ended with a thud after the first 2 series, revived for the nearly perfect 2nd quarter then was choked, squeezed and steamrolled out of me during the entire 2nd half.

    TURNOVERS mostly on KP and with a Whipple offense, that looks great when it doesn’t suck, I am made to think change must happen there first. If we lose next week, and we all know this team is very capable of that, heads need to roll and it starts at QB and ends eventually with HCPN. Victory Heights funding isn’t happening amidst this mess. Program trajectory is not up, not even level with a loss next week.

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  58. Pickett w a 40.2 QBR
    Where was Valique “the freak” Carter? One touch for about 3 yards?
    Leading receiver was your running back due to one play?
    If I were coaching, I would use next week to try new talent. Give Pickett the first quarter and good or bad, yank him after the first to give back ups a chance to prove themselves.

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