696 thoughts on “Pitt at Penn State Open Game Thread

  1. #H2P #LockTheGates #GoodOmen

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  2. Tried to post a picture I just took of my Pitt hoodie an me in front of the big Happy Valley sign. Yes Happy Valley Oregon where I will be watching the game. Hail to Pitt from Oregon. 9 am game time. Here we go!

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  3. Kenny has to step up his game today. That’s our only chance. A lot of other things have to fall in place, but it starts and ends with him.

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  4. Can’t imagine they can get 107.000 fans through the security lines in time for a 12:40 kick. If they start in front of a half empty stadium, it tells you how much the conferences and administration cater to the network schedule versus the ticket-buying fan.

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  5. Oh puke! The Big10 network on WTAE. We get the homer Todd Blackledge for this game. Hopefully, th ACCN will sign a deal to let the local networks cover home games when not on the ACCN. And coverage on Comcast!

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    1. agree, And we need Kenny not to throw screen passes in the dirt. Shoot. Anyone on this board could execute a screen pass

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  6. Hello! First post of the year for me. I’ve been dreading our performance today all week but the D came out looking good! D might win games but you still need to score. If Pickett lays an eggs he needs to be benched. P-I-T-T Let’s Go Pit.

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  7. I like the conservative offensive game plan. I don’t like the execution. #23 ran into our ouwn guy on that draw. He was supposeed to get the LB

    wooooo DAVis

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    1. yes his brain is also not help. Look at his face. He’s stressed. He is the one guy on the team where i would say that he just needs to turn down the intensity. Just get out there, have fun and let his talent do what it will do

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  8. Well, no running game so far, and if they can’t possess the ball it will be a long day. The defense is stepping up but can they last 4 quarters?

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  9. 4:31 into the first quarter and the long day has offically started. Missed tackles. PI. Then thier O line blew us off the ball two plays in a row.

    We’re done.

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    1. that’s the spirit…

      Other than that dumpoff to Davis I haven’t seen much of a spark from the offenense

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  10. Is Mark Whipple a Penn State plant? Has anyone investigated this? He calls 40 passes against Virginia, who has a great secondary. And now we’re trying to power it up the gut against PSU’s strong front seven. It’s almost like they’re determined not to be successful on offense.

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  11. Thoughts after 1 quarter boys? I think we are lucky to be down by only seven. By by the same token, if we could simply play fundamentally sounds defense, it would be 0-0

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  12. There was my third and goal play from the three. MM we were both wrong on the call, but the result was still bad. I guess they didn’t work on it too much, but the fumbled snap didn’t help.

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  13. You guys are the most hypercritical fans on the planet.
    Pitt is playing way better than I hoped for.
    PSU has a top ten defense on a rainy wet field.
    Pickett is playing very well. Line is giving him time.
    Defense doing great except for a couple plays.
    Special teams especially punter has been great.
    What game are you watching? And what did you expect?

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    1. No you are right. Penn State is REALLY good. We are playing them tough with just a cuouple of mistakes. Unfortuantely we can’t win if we continue to make those mistakes.

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  14. Maybe I’m being too positive, but I’m seeing some encouraging things today from our Fightin’ Pitt Panthers…

    We’re playing against top talent and hanging in there…

    Go Pitt.

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  15. Reynolds does no look well. That is one position where have some depth tho… assuming Brightwell is healthy

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  16. Michael, I stopped following the thread way back when you said “we’re done”. My dad used to annoy the hell out of me watching games. I appreciate how you post often and quickly, but some of us don’t want to live your emotional roller coaster. Sure 3 min left and we make a bonehead play comment warranted. 7-0 early in the game come on. It is like listening to the commentator you hate most. Posters can say whatever they want, but as the head of this your emotional negativity ends my following of this during the game. I like critical and don’t mind super critical comments not negative Nelly’s. I like to enjoy my game not feel yours. That is my critical comment. Love from Oregon. Up 10-7. Allen…

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    1. If we lose that timeout will 4ever be questioned. Linebacker shouldn’t have stopped in coverage though

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  17. If Pitt doesn’t turn ball over
    And the defense limits big plays and continues to pressure qb

    Pitt wins

    Kenny is gaining confidence. That’s dangerously good

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  18. Only read a few comments, trying to watch my blood pressure. That said, I’m happy with the first half.

    Reynolds going down is not a good thing but next man up!

    PITT belongs in this game, the defense playing lights out.

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  19. I really try not to comment on broadcasters but this is almost like watching a PSU game cast. Oh how I’m hoping we somehow, someway win this game.
    BTW, they didn’t comment that Twyman got held on that sack, did they. Kid grabbed him, plain and simple.

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  20. Pitt’s offense desperately needs to find a way to avoid their second half doldrums in this game.

    Line needs to continue to pass block well.

    WR need to continue making catches

    We need at least two more touchdowns to have a shot.

    And we need to keep the pressure on Clifford the big red dog.

    And tackle

    Keeping my fingers crossed

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  21. Pedo has more speed, and Pitt cannot give up those big plays. More important than ever to sustain some drives in the second half and keep the defense rested. Its going to take two more TDs at least to win this game.

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    1. We need to tackle like the 13-9 game in the 2nd half. I do like the fact that our overall attitude is the same for this game so far. We are pumped and Franklin & Co is panicking. The fist 5 minutes of the 2nd half is critical.

      H2P

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  22. Amazed at the pressure we are putting on their QB. Just imagine if we didn’t lose Weaver and Camp.

    Biggest factor is that we overcame all that early poor field position and the weather.

    Second biggest is the O-line giving Kenny time and great play calling. Plus Kenny looks as sharp as we have seen him.

    Can we keep it up? We’ll see.

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    1. Needs to keep it up. I saw him spin that football after he ran it to the 3. That told me he’d loosened up a bit. And he’s playing like it. Stay loose Kenny

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  23. Which team makes the right adjustments

    Better be cocaine instead of sleeping pills in that locker room

    Narduzzi has the team ready. Game means more. Something to prove

    Got to limit the mistakes
    Offense also needs to take some shots
    Defense needs to continue being aggressive
    Limit big plays
    A turnover would help
    Field position and ball control are keys

    Pitt in a good position to win.

    Comes down to a field goal

    No blow out

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  24. Well, that’s a great half game. Now comes the interesting part. They have played beyond expectations, but I’ve seen this before at Happy Valley. 1973 I think. Anyhow, let’s see the halftime adjustments. These games have often been close at the half. Why not complete surprising me and make some halftime adjustments and not run out of gas in the 4th quarter.

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  25. Kevin Andrews. Pay him 3.5 million if you need to! Even if our players aren’t ready by the junior year when they graduate they are ready for the NFL as 2 and 3 stars. Recruiting picks up and we can continue to fill up that NFL hot.

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  26. The Nitters will make adjustments during the half, especially on offense. Will Pitt? They need to find a way to run the ball. The Pedo QB is rattled. They need to keep up the pressure and force a turnover or two.

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    1. What really impressive is how he’s been standing in the pocket and delivering. Franklin himself said that were going to dial up the pressure in the second half during the interview right before q3 started

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    1. I’m stating to buy into the they aren’t in shape theory, they look slower.

      Also if I see another web sidestep an untouched blitzing DB on third down and make a play…

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  27. Reynolds out really hurts. Nitter score and turnover pick 6 and its over. ( how’s that for a positive outlook?). lol. Trying to keep the blood pressure down with gallows humor.

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    1. He’s either really good or really bad. Stepped right into the block on that play. Didn’t fire out at all. Not good

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  28. We simply need to answer. I’ve seen slight from KP to know we CAN. But I’m skeptical that we WILL

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    1. Really typical Pitt the whole game. Shaky first quarter. Really strong second quarter. Totally flat in 3rd quarter (and possibly out of gas) and if the trend holds we’ll implode in q4.

      What is duzz giving them at halftime? NyQuil?

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  29. This is the time of game when a quick td is scored against us and we limp like ruptured ducks through the end of the game. We need a turnover and a chance to score!

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  30. have not scored a second half TD in 11 second half quarters now. Fact.

    We look lifeless. PSU looks fires up.

    But needs to get mentally and emotionally tough and get in this game.

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  31. We are not a second half team. It really doesn’t help us that our offensive line is incapable of run blocking. We need to protect Kenny better. He’s starting to get pressured more.

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  32. The halftime adjustments are working just fine…for PSUCKS.
    Ours, on the other hand, are true to form.
    What do our coaches do at halftime?
    Shuffleboard?
    Tweet?
    Eat snow cones?

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  33. Horrible 2nd half play calling….but lets be honest- Narduzzi cant and hasn’t recruited O linemen and that is (and will keep) killing us….we are empty at talent that that position for the next several years and throw away transfers aren’t the answer.

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    1. I disagreed. D still the Strngth and plenty of time. 1 big play from the 50 sinks us if we don’t convert

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  34. You’d think a guy coaching for 40 years would throw one long pass by now, to stretch the field vertically…how many have the Pedo’s thrown ?

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    1. I’m proud of the effort today from the Fightin’ Pitt Panthers.

      (Head-scratching waste of time-outs though…)

      Bring on the rest of the schedule! 👍

      Go Pitt.

      PS: And how ‘bout we keep KP at QB…🎅

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    1. I agree he’s matured a lot since the first game. If he played like this against the hood we probably would have won

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  35. Not to criticize, but why are they playing the Freshman Davis deep in their own end? So far, no wheel routes and only one end around. Where is Sibley? What did that man do to get in the doghouse?

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  36. what a stupid comment by the pedo blackledge…a right hand qb rolling right is not throwing across his body..and that ball was right on target in the bread basket.

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  37. I would bench Ffrench for the rest of the game. Let him remember that drop for the rest of his garbage career. You can NOT drop that ball!

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    1. Whipple and duzz are geniuses!!

      Pathetic and embarrassing.

      I am so sick of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

      We deserved to miss that for not going for the TD. You have nothing to lose.

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  38. The movie script has been written— we will be saying woulda, coulda, shoulda for years after this game. Franklin sucks and the cult sucks and I hate to say it but we suck too

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  39. Compelled to post. If you can blame 19 year old kids for costing us the game, you can certainly blame 60 year old coaches. Whipple owes these kids a game or at least being tied with 4 minutes to go

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  40. 1st & goal on the 1 foot line and zero points. No wonder we can’t score in the 2nd half. On the bright side Pickett is looking good. A lot of bad drops too.

    Sibley needs to be benched for 6 months though…

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  41. Well no matter what happens we covered the spread and took the #13 to the wire in their house. Ugh but we could have had this game.

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  42. Is it me or does it feel like Narduzzi would rather have a respectable 17-13 loss than try to tie the game? I mean lord why not pin them at the 1 yard line in the worst case scenario.

    I just think this is not the guy we thought he would be when he was hired…tough, gritty, slobberknocker type.

    He is none of those IMO.

    Dave

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    1. Or Whipple. I would like him to spread the guys out and run a QB sneak. You have to spread out their defense when you’re up against superior talent. He should have gone for the TD on 4th down though. Lose in style anyway.

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  43. Someday Pitt will score a second half touchdown. And all of Oakland will rejoice. Sadly that was not today.

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  44. I was wrong about so very many things on this game. However, the thing I was most wrong about was when I said keep it close and Franklin would choke. Well, there is no question, I repeat, no question who had the boneheaded coach today. I truly feel for these kids.

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  45. Kenny Pickett played unbelievable today. While it was a really tough loss that we could have won. It is good to see that we might have a pretty good quarterback for the next two years and most of the key players around him will be back as well. H2P

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  46. Well, the fourth and 1 call was the only thing that upset me about the game, that and of course losing.

    Way to many things to be positive about moving forward.

    Team played dramatically better than anyone could hope for.

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  47. Nothing like rooting for a team incapable of scoring in the 2nd half against any Power 5 team. Ridiculous. Can’t get a point on 1st & goal to go at the 1/2 yard line, you deserve to lose. Now the pedos will have forever The Goal Line Stand to brag about. I’m sick about that.

    That being said, it was a much better game than I expected. When we do the good, bad and ugly there will be a lot of good, starting with Pickett. 372 yards for him and a lot of drops.

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  48. Well, it was closer than I thought it would be, and Pickett played better than I thought he was capable of, and our defense was pretty stout. It stinks we couldn’t at least tie it up, but I can’t be too disappointed by the ultimate outcome.

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  49. Final stats

    Pickett 35/51 372 0 0
    24 yds rushing

    If we had any semblance of a running game we probably win

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  50. Glad the series is over and and a big middle finger to ABC for having Blackledge do the game.

    Also did you catch when the other guy says ACC having a tough day with the Maryland loss to Temple.

    Guy doesn’t even know Maryland is in the B1G.

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  51. Seriously how does Narduzzi face his team after that? No balls on both FG attempts. The last one is indefensible. And punting on every 4th and short but one – which was obvious and he needed Whipple to talk him into it and waste a TO.

    Kids played their hearts out and deserved better. H2P

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  52. So it’s obvious Tomlin and Narduzzi share an office. Weak kneed idiots both. 4th and 1 foot. Even if you miss The Peds start on the goal line.

    Great game. Narduzzi may be the worst coach in college football!

    This reminds me a lot of the 1975 7-6 loss where we beat Penn State all over the field but lost in the worst way possible.

    H2P. Fellow Pitt Fans.

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  53. Bad coaching today. Terrible use of time outs, first and goal situation stinks. Actually, the play calling wasn’t bad considering Whipple knows they can’t run the ball. Could use a RG though. The Pickett sack at the end came with the second team OL on the field. I saw Jerry Drake and Kradel were out there at a critical time. Tipton had a subpar game. Pickett came of age today.

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  54. I agree guys. Either go down in a blaze of glory or go down in a blaze of shame. (coaches take their chances) You play to win all games and definitely play to win one on the road. Disappointing.

    That said, hats off to the PITT players, what a game.

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  55. The surprise with the fourth and 1 call was that they had the biggest play in Narduzzi history with the previous fourth down play that kept the drive alive. I know he was thinking get the 3 and win with a TD, but just wrongheaded.

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  56. The call on 4th down was great.

    But come on man!

    You need to direct handoff or let Pocket sneak a few times.

    Should have tied it with serious momentum.

    whip got too cute.

    Otherwise he coached a great game.

    Too bad.

    But. They’ve gotten better each week.

    Keeping the faith

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  57. It really needs to be said that these these kids (men) played an outstanding game. Yes, some player mistakes were made but I choose to leave this game believing that this team can play. And MM is 100% right. Pickett grew up today.

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  58. Mack was also subpar until the fourth quarter, really redeemed himself.

    The bottom line is that their great players made a couple more big plays than ours.

    We had incredible chances and in many instances outplayed them today.

    Just couldn’t punch it in on two occasions. The lack of a big power back for the first time in many years hurt us.

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        1. A loss is a loss and I hate it, no other way to put it 76. It hurts me as much as you or maybe more. I just consider why this happened and the effort that the PITT players and coaches put into this game and the handcuffs that are put around the PITT football program. Yeah this was another loss…………

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  59. Let me state the obvious /// we have an OL that can’t block for a running play from the 2 foot line and we don”t have a power back who can blast through the weak line to hit pay dirt. Drives me crazy because PSU is over rated.

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  60. Hate we lost. Hate more we lost our running game. I really expected that MM’s siloliquy would bring the W.

    D was great. KP was great. Too many drops on good passes. No ground game.

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  61. We had 43 yards running on 25 carries with only 1 sack. We aren’t going to win another game after the Delaware game with that garbage running game. The O-lineman need to hit the weight room. A bunch of weak flabby young kids right now.

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  62. Did you forget that we were 17.5 underdogs? Picked to finish in the middle of the ACC?

    It makes me laugh when all year most say how bad we are then we come close to upsetting

    a top twenty team in their house that somehow we should win these games.

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    1. I thought the guys all played well against superior talent on both sides of the ball (except for their QB). It’s the coaching decisions that stunk.

      1) Take a TO to freeze the kicker.
      2) Terrible use of TO’s the whole game
      3) Have to go for it on 4th down….and the other plays were all bad. You have to spread out their defense on those plays. Actually the one play is a score if Sibley blocks his guy though. He’s the goat of the game IMO. (Next to dimwit Narduzzi)

      These all simple calls a bus station wino would have had the sense to make.

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  63. Be honest here…

    how many would’ve been critical of Narduzzi for going for it on 4th and Goal at the one and not made it? How many would’ve been satisfied with a 17-13 loss instead of a 17-10 loss ( by the way, the former is an honest ?, the latter rhetorical).

    Dave

    Bottomline, I want to feel good about a Pitt team that went up to Happy Valley and played with all of their heart & soul. The head coach doesn’t prevent me to do so, but when your players bring all that they have and the head coach doesn’t it’s a damn shame.

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  64. We all knew that the O-line would be the weak link on this team. I say they played way above their pay grade today. They were playing against four and 5 star guys and lots of them.

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  65. In camp the story line was that the RB room was deep with five good players ready to go. What happened? They now have A.J. Davis and a Freshman RB who is 165 lbs soaking wet to carry the load. The irony is that they could get a walk on power back to fill the requirement needed today to get one yard. No excuse for no power back.

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  66. OK, I haven’t keeled over. These kids played about as well as I think they could. IF, and I mean IF, everyone comes back, they have a chance to be really good next year. Morrissey, Hamlin getting 5th year. 2 D linemen back.
    PSUs adjument offensivly was the swing pass to backs, negated Pitts rush. Defensively, you know, they just let their athletes make plays. Not really impressed, thought they’d be better.
    Man, what I would give for Georgie on this team.
    All that said, UCF is better than the Nitters. Don’t know how we can bounce back next week after that effort. Man, they are fasssssst.
    How can you have so many mixed feelings over one game?? Somehow I’m not as pissed as I feel I should be. Getting old?

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      1. You mean like the way “we started to get it” When we beat Clemson back in 2016?

        I am sorry if this comes off overly harsh, but now valiant losses are replacing upset wins as being on the road to success.

        I am sorry, it is one game. I think I will wait for a string of consistent efforts to agree with this assessment.

        It still appears like this team will be 1-3 after 4 games in year 5.

        And that is also a pretty striking of where this program is as well.

        Dave

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  67. With respect to UPitt… I’ve figured it out. Narduzzi and Tomlin are really gay lovers and share pillow talk about making themselves feel like real coaches by kicking meaningless
    field goals.

    I’m furious at this loss. Mentioned above are 5 mistakes a good coach doesn’t make. Our kids deserve better!

    I’m 69, and I deserve better. So when this team goes 3-9 or 5-7 can we stop with the “wait until next year” and go hire a real head coach?? !!!

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    1. I give you credit Dan, You were on board today with a PITT victory. It didn’t happen, so no argument here. This PITT team did overachieve today though. Almost doesn’t cut it with me either. Today was a tall task and I’m happy with the boys of this fall….. I have no complaints. Sometimes there is not a fall person to blame.

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  68. Landed in Charlotte during that last drive and missed the game. Will watch it tonight at home.

    I assume the game delay was due to lightning?

    Based on what most said here and the Blather before the game, a reasonable takeaway is that Pitt kept it much closer than expected. There are no moral victories, but based on the box score, looks like it wasn’t a bad loss either.

    Troubling to hear about the lack of scoring from inside the 5 with 4 min left. Again, I will have to watch it, but guess with the OL situation and no George Aston, we will struggle.

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  69. The other adjustment made by PSU was blitzing their linebackers in the second half.
    If only Whipple would have had the right plays called to take advantage of it.
    Lot of open space behind those blitzers.

    Hoping that we see this KP again and often, 372 yds no INT’s. Add a couple TD throws and we’ll have something.

    Question for the gallery, is PSU’s defense better than VA’s?

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  70. Mistakes were made on both sides of the ball. ACC officials made some questionable non-calls on both teams. Pitt not going for it on fourth down late in game was a mistake — I think Pitt coaches should have to watch the last five minutes of the game for two hours as punishment on how not to try and win a game.

    Pitt punter played a great game keeping Penn State from good field position. Pickett played his best game today against a good Penn State defense.

    Pitt needs to find a running game soon or Pickett will be running from blitzes every game.

    A loss is a loss, especially against the farm school from Centre County. H2P!

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    1. The kids deserve better than these morons with headsets…

      I am sick of all the apologists saying we need stability. He’s bad in game day and a bad recruiter. This is a game we should have won twice.

      Heather and EJ – you watced this rare opportunity slip away 100% due to the double digit IQ head coach.

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  71. Pitt should have gone for it on 4th down using the same 3rd down play that failed before. Have the back block the blitzer this time though. Sibley will down in Pitt lore infamy…

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  72. I think I need to clarify. I think the TEAM has the talent to be good next year. I do believe the head coach is hopeless. Those are some really bad decisions he made, and continually makes. Don’t think that’ll change.
    I have seen nothing to change my 1-3 start. But it is the way they get to 1-3. Still think 5-7 is where they’ll finish.
    UCF will be the best team they play. Again, I’m conflicted. I’m happy we didn’t get killed. I’m crushed to finally realize the Duzz isn’t all that swift. Ya, I’m a little late to the party. This isn’t a one off. He really makes some head scratchers. I should have known when he lost 5 games with that 2016 team. Oh well.

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  73. Proud of the effort, BUT
    no moral victories….

    …..just another tick mark in the “L” column….BUMMER.

    Too many dropped passes…
    …..and NOT ENOUGH TALENT on the roster. (It sure makes a difference to have game breakers on the roster, instead of a bunch of “plodders” & rely mostly on “scheme”)

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  74. Very surprised that the game was as competitive as it was, I thought for sure PSU would embarrass us on national TV. Love the way the team played today, gave it their all. This loss falls squarely on the coaches shoulders. As noted above bad decisions with TO’s, again no 2nd half offensive, 4 & 1 no go with time ticking away. Next up #17 UCF. I take no solace in close losses. This game was eminently winnable, if you have competent coaching. Narduzzi needs to go. This is the 5th year for this joker and we are not headed in the right direction. Continually makes the same mistakes again and again. Every time I hear oh we will be good next year just wait, lots of returning players I want to puke. Somewhere out there is a young who is winning with lessor talent, who can recruit, coach and is capable of creating a program capable of winning and being ranked in his 5th year .Heather needs to quit asking us to call our cable provider for the ACC channel and start evaluating promising young coaches. With the money we are currently paying Narduzzi someone will take up the challenge. If Narduzzi can’t figure out how to call TO’s and whether to go for it on 4 &1 from the one with the PSU game basically on the line then he will NEVER be a capable of creating a top 25 program. I remember when Va Tech was a slam dunk win, same with UCF. Now years later we are the slam dunk win on everyone else’s schedule. Tired and fed up with this less than mediocre program.

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