This year’s homecoming has everything you want.  A big game against an opponent with a national profile.  A chance to beat them and land in the top 25.

It also has a bad-ass Pitt RV courtesy of Tom Bailey.  This weekend marks Tom’s 50th homecoming, and that folks is a big deal.

Tom enrolled in PITT as a Freshman from Elizabeth-Forward High School in 1969, Fifty (50!)years ago.  He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, the ‘PIKAS’ and was the President of the Student Government Board.

As an avid PITT fan, Tom is known as “The Partying Panther”.  You’ve probably seen his custom-wrapped RV around Oakland, at Heinze and at many of Pitt’s away games because he’s driven it from Syracuse to Miami, from Boston & New York City to Texas and Arizona.

Tom’s motto listed on the RV is “Never Let A Bad Game Ruin A Good Party”, and that’s a motto that resonates well with us here at the POV!

KUDOS  to TOM BAILEY  for celebrating his 50th PITT HOMECOMING GAME!

Now all we need is for the Panthers to deliver Tom and the rest us fans a win against the hated ‘Canes.  LETS GO PITT!

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672 thoughts on “Homecoming 2019 – Miami at Pitt Open Game Thread

    1. Yea he cuts the field in half when he rolls out.

      At the very least he should have thrown it away

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    1. Al along as we keep that RB bottled up we should be able to stop them all day

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  1. At the game. Horrible attendance.

    That said, we are better.

    Stop the penalties! I think the head ref has a southern accent??!!

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    1. Haha that means he’s neutral we all know Miami is not part of the south

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  2. Miami looks focused and up for the game. Their RB gets three yards after every contact just cause he’s strong

    If their qb starts hitting passes then watch out

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  3. Interesting targeting call on Miami … let’s see if they uphold it. Blades is a good player.

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  4. Announcers really with some nice pro-Pitt commentary on shared faculties with Steelers / Aaron Donald tie in

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    1. Their odds of that go up if they don’t throw it to the other team and also hold onto the ball.

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  5. You know what drives me dingy— Kenny P has to go to Daddy Whipple on every play to
    get instructions on what to do — Nutsy!!

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  6. 35 yards in penalties and 2 turnovers in the 1st Q. That ain’t going to get the job done if it continues.

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    1. What’s even more frustrating is they they have been moving the ball in between turnovers. They just need to settle in and play clean

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  7. …if we keep turning the ball over we are not going to win…

    No excuse for that one Pickett

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    1. And the defense completely wilting after the pick…

      Miami is out physical-ing is

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    1. Pickett is a bad QB who is a good kid. I think he is severely limited. The fact that he at times looks ok to good is a HUGE credit to Whipple

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  8. Horrible throw by Pickett who looks rattled. This is starting to look like the Gatech 5 turnover game. Worst game I’ve seen in a long while from a Pitt QB

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  9. Lucy is busy pulling the football out from Charlie Brown so far…

    Lol every time I get optimistic…

    Still plenty of time for Pitt to get it together but Kenny needs to snap out of it

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  10. This Is what happens when you switch from running back “u” to a pass oriented offense with an average passer.

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  11. Anybody have any idea of who that pass was intended for? The only Pitt receiver I saw was about 5 yards away from where the pass was thrown.

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  12. Dan – you’re right. Pickett looks rattled. But rattled by what?? A bad team with limited pressure and open receivers??

    Any chance we get good Kenny in the 2nd half?

    This first half is all on him. Period

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  13. The Pitt Blue Hens!! Beyond belief sloppy. Hey, but why be concerned when we all know
    that our Blue Hens are a great 2nd half team. No excuses.

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  14. I’ll say it…Pitt is outright intimidated by Miami. Playing like scared little girls. Just pathetic!

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  15. No excuses. Kenny is lost , scared and awful. So will this be the game he actually plays in the second half?

    Miami is terrible so don’t be content with a close 1st half. No wonder GT beat them.

    How bout this Pitt….don’t rip our hearts out today??

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  16. Why did Ffrench run out of bounds on that first down pass play? If he just cut inside he would probably gained the 1st down.

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    1. If you’ve been playing that game since kickoff you’re already half in the bag

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    1. It’s a cliche but this is the most Pitt way that Pitt could have opened this game

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  17. French good at making people miss but it always seems like he gives just one wiggle too much. Make your move and get up the field, son

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    1. Run the Jim Chaney offense. Short passes to the outside and then when they adjust pop some runs up the middle

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  18. Watching live right in front. Kenny is a good runner but lost as a general. If you are here live you see it. He is scared.

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    1. You can see it on tv as well. He has plenty of time and is rattled.

      At this point he’s gone into turtle shell mode and it’s just playing to not turn the ball over

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    1. Narduzzi was quoted just this week as saying “I don’t know anything about quarterbacks….”

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  19. Pitt needs three more field goals and no turnovers to win this game

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  20. Thank goodness Miami’s offense is terrible

    But man they have been winning the field position game all day

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  21. To balance my negative vibe…the defense is playing well against TWO offenses – theirs and ours. The offense is embarrassing…

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  22. We’re lucky to be down only 4 here. The bad news is we have to come from behind in a 2nd half….

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  23. Any care to summarize the first half? Anyone care to speculate on the 2nd…

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      1. 43k is my guess. Seemed like they were loud until Pitt started screwing up

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  24. Hey, maybe we got the inevitable dumb turnovers out of our system for today in the first half and the offense comes to play for once in the third and fourth quarters.

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  25. I’ve seen this Miami game over and over since 1968. It usually does not end well for Pitt.

    This entire disaster is on Pickett/Whipple so far.

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  26. So here we are, you folks have been begging for halftime adjustments, let’s see what PITT has in their bread basket. KP and Whipple having a bad first half. Secondary thought, this great PITT defense still not creating turnovers. The score should be 6-0 at the very least! Miami has done nothing on offense!

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  27. This is worrisome since Pitt generally doesn’t score many points in the 2nd half. Disturbing because this Miami team stinks !. Should have been a year we kicked their butts and got some payback for many U buttkicks.

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  28. Halftime stats:

    Miami 100 total yards
    Pitt 214

    Miami 0 turnovers
    Pitt 3

    Pitt winning TOP 17/13

    Miami has 23 rushing yards, Pitt has 96

    Pitt 4 penalties for 35
    Miami 0

    Miami clearly worked on discipline this week and it showing.

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  29. I never thought I’d hear myself say this but I think I’d like to see more of the wildcat

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    1. Good point. Also on Mack. He already had that first down when he fumbled.

      Then he let a long pass bounce off of his helmet

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  30. Good – I got my porch cleaned. Listening to Hillgrove on Serius while watching game thru window.

    Bad – KP’s passing. 13/21 118 yds. 0 TD 2 INT’s 2.

    Ugly Pitt outgaining Miami in yardage Pitt 214 yds (118 pass – 96 run. Miami 100 yds (77 pass – 23 run). Oh those turnovers.

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  31. To tell the truth, I feel PITT has just a good of a chance score when there defense is out on the field! Bottom line is, PITT musters up some points and wins this game! Believe!

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  32. Miami will revert to the thugs they are.

    Pitt had better be awake this half

    Every player should have taken a mandatory cold shower at half.

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  33. Did Miami really work on discipline or are the ACC refs giving them a pass ? You had the targeting, on AJ Davis, which was clearly more targeting than Paris Ford’s at Duke. You had several late hits on the sidelines, when Pitt players were clearly long at out bounds, the last one being the late sideline hit on Shocky.

    No penalties on Miami is an utter joke and a complete fraud.

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  34. This is kessmans bad hash 😬… nailed it. Two more field goals and we can seal this win.

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  35. wow, pathetic offense when we get in the Red zone….reminds me of Tino years. Lots of yards between the 20’s.

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  36. Looks like Kessman’s leg will be more tired than KP’ s arm when this one is done!

    It’d be nice to have a ground game!

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  37. Perry has not been playing well . And yet we’ve only hit him once or twice

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  38. Anybody else wanting to see that replay on the block in the back? Very suspicious that they didn’t show it…. 🤔

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    1. Yep. Pickett not going to win this one for us with his arm. Whipple needs to realize that before it’s too late

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  39. Getting difficult to complete the underneath stuff, if you don’t throw a couple over the top ! duh

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    1. Receivers can’t get open….and if they do KP can’t see them. He’s also too nervous to hold the ball that long.

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  40. We are running the ball and running the ball and Whipple has to frickn pass.
    He is Arians Jr.

    What has happened to Aaron Mathews?

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  41. In fairness to Kenny, That was a good pass to Matthews. For all of us pining for more time for him or more plays to Mstthews ……he has never earned it.

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    1. That is a good point. And maybe that answers why they aren’t throwing to him more. In this offense a receiver needs to make that catch

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    1. I’d be perfectly happy with run two plays and pass (or run three if 3rd and less than two).

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  42. Narduzzi has to shake things up and bring in some wildcat & Patti….if he’s smart….and that’s a big if.

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  43. Can this staff do something with this turnover on downs???

    Let’s see if they are for real……or do we not have a resl quarterback or tight end????

    Ooops

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  44. The defense bails us out again and again.

    Kenny …..win the game here so you can show your face at the after-parties!!

    Students all still here!

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  45. Pitt hasn’t won a second half all season. They need to win the second half today.

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    1. Good to see the canes are still dirty. Makes me proud of our guys keeping their composure

      Boils my blood that the refs aren’t sticking up our boys (but that is to be expected ) 😡😡😡

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  46. Just need to keep pounding the rock here. We can win this game with defense and field goals

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    1. Can’t believe they took carter out. He wanted that TD and was On a roll.

      Also o would have just run Pickett over center on 3rd and 1 from the 1/2 line. You telling me morrissey and Hargrove can’t get a push.

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  47. Need one more field goal to win this. Or three more sacks. Or a turnover.

    Any one of the above ices this game

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  48. Ground out of bounds knocked ball out. I don’t know the rule but I would think if he had possession before he hit the ground it’s an interception.

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    1. Yes this would be the only way they’d give it to us. Wish he’d held on. I think they will uphold the ruling

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    1. Pound the rock. Miami are demoralized and starting to unravel. Time to get back to old school Pittsburgh football. 🏈 🏈 🏈 🐗

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  49. This defense is the heart of this team. How bout whipple and Kenny contribute at least something…anything?????

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    1. They can contribute by not turning the ball over on this drive and helping us flip the field.

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  50. wow…showing no confidence in Pickett at all. We’re 1 miami big play or 1 Pitt busted play on D…to losing on a FG

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  51. Narduzzi was smart taking that FG with Miami having a poor kicker. That 3rd down play was garbage though…

    If you have zero confidence in Pickett put Patti in.

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  52. Wow how crap if an offensive series was that!!?! Leaving the door open for Miami. But let’s go D!

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  53. Called that. D comes up short when it counted. As did the NoDoz fg decision and the wus calls by Toilet Paper

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  54. And that’s the game folks…

    We needed a 1st down that last possession and they played Wanny ball. Deserved to lose this one. Narduzzi doesn’t have the balls to pull out a stinking Pickett.

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    1. Miami pulled their QB and it won them the game.
      How many bad drops this game? Pitt can’t stand success.

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  55. Who loves these coaches????

    Coaching pussies all day lost this game – and a D2 QB.

    What are the apologist excuses against a horrible team this time?

    You can’t have any…this is plain and simple incompetence…

    Ike – love you man…but these coaches suck ass and give the kids no chance against very inferior competition. We start every game down by 14 mentally…

    And Pickett really sucks..for real…for real.

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    1. This is why, Pitt get’s 40k for homecoming. You can lose a lot of games, but don’t lose the Homecoming Game.
      Love to see that record over the last 30 years.

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  56. Diaz the better coach today

    Diaz changed QB’s when his starter was struggling.

    Duzz stayed with his starter when he was struggling bad, and lost.

    This loss is on Duzz. And the drops did not help.

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    1. I counted three drops. Four of you count the bomb that hit Mack in the helmet, Catch any two of those and maybe a different outcome…

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  57. And this is how a chronically, historically, impossibly underperforming team that cannot recruit winning QBs to save their souls loses to an inferior, smaller, weaker team. Thanks guys.

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  58. We turned the ball over more times that we sacked the quarterback.

    That’s not winning football

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  59. The offense failed with the 3 turnovers today I blame this one on lack of execution.

    Defense held their own.

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    1. Agree. They played well enough to win but not well enough to overcome the offensive mistakes

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  60. Pickett is adequate (barely) against 2nd rate teams. Anybody with a good defense and we can’t score, cause he can’t make a long pass completion, nor can the WR’s get open against good competition.
    What a year to lose to a crappy Miami team that lost to 2-5 GT last week.
    Thoroughly disgusted because Pitt was on the cusp on being ranked.

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      1. If we win out (unlikely…) and win the bowl that would be five in a row. That would put us in the top 25.

        I don’t that that’s going to happen though.

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  61. Terrible game plan.
    Terrible coaching.
    Terrible execution.
    Terrible second half…like usual.
    Miami blows. Tons of injuries. Lost to Georgia Tech.
    Just when you think we’re moving ahead, we’re falling behind.

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  62. First time I’ve said anything in years.

    When the hell are you going to learn Narduzzi you jackass. My kid learns – you don’t. You’re a child you conservative fool. You play to win. What is wrong with you? You are Mediocre – as is your record year after year.

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    1. Pickett will play all year though….so maybe the following year….or the year after that…. (just shoot me…)

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      1. And the fact that they have no kicker…..and he remembers well the pedo game. His only good call all day.

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  63. All I saw all week were articles and comments saying “Why are you guys always so negative – what’s wrong with you??’ What’s wrong with me is I’ve followed the team for 40+ years.

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    1. Yep. Charlie Brown syndrome. Every. Single. Time. (And we never learn)

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  64. Told you all it would happen. Narduzzi playing not to lose cost them the game. He is a caveman.

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  65. PITT is not in the position to make the mistakes they made today. Poor poor effort by the coaches and players. Watching the game it was obvious to me that PITT was the better team, (despite the star differential) the scoreboard says something different. OUCH!

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  66. One of the many non-attended Espn bowls in Florida, needed Miami to get to 6 wins. Only way to explain such a lame performance and the many many questionable coaching decisions.

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  67. You cannot say Pickett without saying Pick!!!

    Different year …same game …. over and over and over!

    Same decision as Penn State and same bad Duzz decision. He will never be a good HC!

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  68. QB with a case of the shakes, receivers playing dropsy, kangaroo kicker who couldn’t handle
    raindrops and coach who is LYKED by our Fanta Princess. What could go wrong??

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  69. Really a tough loss, but we had three turnovers and too many dropped passes and you guys want to blame coaching. It is laughable. Pitt fell short because they couldn’t get a first down on their last drive, and the defense finally gave up a good drive. That’s football.

    Miami now has beat the VA and Pitt, two pretty good football teams. They are not the bums you say they are.

    This was another close game that could have gone either way. They made touchdowns and we didn’t. That is the story.

    When you play all close games against equally matched teams you are not going to win them all.

    There were two good defenses out there today and their offense played a little better than ours.

    A very close game decided by a few plays. If Ford manages to hold on to the INT we win. Simple as that.

    If you can’t tell I am still very high on this team, even though they fell a little short today.

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  70. After many years of reading I finally decided to comment.

    All week all I saw in the paper, on blogs, in comments was “Pitt’s doing great, just enjoy it. Why are you guys always so negative – what’s wrong with you??” What’s wrong with me is I have supported this team for 40+ years.

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    1. …and the other shoe dropped…

      That’s Pitt football for you

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  71. POD is now Daniel Snyder.

    PITT’s offense was terrible today.

    What was up with that last Kirk punt? It was the killer!

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    1. It is called making plays Ike. They made them and we didn’t. Certainly had our chances down the stretch.
      But the fact is we did take the lead, we just couldn’t make that last big play.

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  72. We have a bad Quarterback and bad running backs. That doesn’t make for a great offense. When we needed to hang on to the ball we couldn’t.

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    1. Our receivers had bad games today. Too many drops and a fumble. Our QB is what he is, good but not great. He needed help today and didn’t get it it.

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      1. He wasn’t even good today.

        But you are right he is what he is. Usually solid with a few very good games and a few stinkers. He’s a middle of the road qb. With that being said he’s still got a winning record when trailing in the 4th quarter. Pitt will win 7 or 8 games this year and Pickett will be part of the reason for that. Good and bad.

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    2. I would have continued to ride v’lique. He was clearly the hot hand today

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  73. Once again should have gone for the TD from the one. Don’t make it and D holds can kick it next possession (after dropping more passes). First quarter was killer. KP is playing in some hurt.

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    1. True, but Oklahoma will still get a nice warm top rated Bowl Game. While Pitt will get another garbage cold weather bowl in nowheresville playing a CUSA team. And lose !

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  74. Should do wonders for the Florida recruiting btw. Pitt needs to find a QB, somewhere anywhere for next year.
    If not…more of the same. Wait…we’ve had more of the same for the last 35 years. So that would make it our normal. Pitt football, treading water for 35 years ! New advertising slogan for next year.

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  75. Turnovers were the main culprit in this loss, but having two possessions inside your opponent’s 10 with no throws to the endzone; followed by a mind blowing decision to sit on a 2 point lead with plenty of time left in the game sure did not help. The OC and the HC should return their game checks for today to the University!

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    1. Yep. You can’t win a defensive game when you are -2 in the turnover column

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  76. I was totally wrong about V’lique Carter, he is a running back and plays very hard. The positive to take from the game is that when we needed it most the running game worked. Yeah they could’t finish, but they got us there.

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  77. The fact remains that there is very little difference from the top to bottom of the ACC Coastal.
    Pitt turned the ball over too many times today and Miami did not reciprocate. That was the main difference.

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    1. Their coach had enough brains to take out their QB and our’s didn’t. That was the difference…

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  78. Had a chance to break into the top 25 and we “Pitt” the bed.
    – Drops continue to plague us – 86 needs to sit the bench the rest of the season. Key drops last week and again this week. WR drops today were bad.
    – Second to last series where we could have put it away and typical Pitt, we go ultra conservative and 3 and out
    – Can we please find a punter?

    Easier conf game to win and we do this? Shame on us. I’ll go record that we only win ONE of our remaining games.

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  79. Wow, great offensive game plan. We have success running around the end the entire game, but at the end when we needed 6 to put the game away, they run up the middle and settle for a FG. Stupid play calling. I sat through the rain for that????

    Then, in Heinz Field wisdom, there were so many fences outside the stadium we stood going nowhere because fencing funneled people down to a narrow exit. Why do they need fences when people are trying to get out of the stadium??? It is a security issue!!

    This was a typical SOP game. I predicted a loss, but missed on the score. I am ticked off!

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    1. The stadium authority(probably full of pedos) workers always try to make it, the least pleasant experience, going to a Pitt game.

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  80. That would be the definition of hell. Being trapped in Heinz Field and having to watch a Pitt football game like today for eternity 🙂

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  81. Yes Gordon. Drops and all, all season long. 8 games in, don’t you think that would be corrected? It’s unacceptable really.

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    1. Seriously, how do you stop your tight ends from dropping the ball. The only way you change that is to get players that don’t drop balls and we don’t have them.

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    2. No.. you can’t correct guys who just don’t have it… there’s a reason they left Rutgers and Arkansas… I bet they had the dropsies there…

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  82. Painful. I don’t want to read other comments. I just want to vent. Love our guys, but Miami and all the school down there do play better. At least today. Rust belt schools just can’t recruit the same. Except for a few.

    PITT needs to keep working at all of it; academics and minor sports included. Keep us proud of our University.

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  83. SOP..SOP..

    Against a bunch of backups. Miami sucks plain and simple. Which means Pitt sucks (on offense) plain and simple. I have no idea if this staff has recruited well enough to have a legit backup QB in the wings. But haven’t we seen enough of Kenny to know he is a LB or TE and not a D1 QB??

    No poise and no touch. For the apologists, I would say that is not enough – even if he has ok stats. Don’t want to hear about his “stats” this year. He is below average and can’t read defenses. Sure, he’s a “gamer”…which is what you say about nice kid who works hard but kinda sucks.

    Listening to the post game show on the radio on the way home.. they are obviously sugar costing for the bill paying home team.

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    1. Pickett had a lousy game but on that last possession those 2 passes have to be caught. I have to look up who the receiver coach is because he is not doing too much coaching this season.

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    2. 2 INT’s and ZERO TD’s today

      Now there are some serious stats

      QBR rating under 30

      Keep playing KP coach Duzz – your seat ain’t getting hit with Ms. Lyke in charge – guaranteed!

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  84. This is why sports betting is so profitable for the House. 26 picked Pitt, while only 9 picked Thug U.
    Don’t think many had K State today either. Probably even less had Illinois last week.

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    1. Why Medure doesn’t get a shot is beyond me. He is better than #86 whose name I’ll never type again. Two terrible drops in back-to-back weeks. Where is the accountability? They owe nothing to him because he is a grad transfer.

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    2. Why isn’t Carrigan getting a shot… these 2 transfer TEs suck… how much more pain do we have to endure watching their dropsies… Fk’n fffFrech seems to have trouble getting a handle on the ball….

      Crowd did not seem into the game… only one time heard a loud”LETS GO PITT”

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  85. Clearly we don’t have “it” in many places on O. Particularly on the skill side. D played great – even when put in impossible situations!! Don’t want any more articles in the paper about Kenny and the supposed QB “whisperer”…PLEASE!!

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  86. Yeah I am frustrated by I won’t sleep over a team that had a chance to win at the end of the game. We win close games or we lose close games and that ain’t bad.

    We all knew that both of these teams had good defenses and it would be the offense that played a little bit better that would win. The turnovers killed us, one tipped pass, one fumble and the inexplicable bad pass by KP put too much pressure on the D.

    Even with that we still had a god chance to win but couldn’t finish them off, offensively or defensively as it turns out.

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  87. One more, how many dropped passes today? There were open guys who dropped the ball today, the throws were not perfect but they should have been caught.

    Today was a total lack of execution by mostly the players on the Pitt offensive side of the ball.

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    1. Yep. We make catches and we win the game. In spite of Kenny’s bad play…I would say there were at least 6 catchable drops

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  88. Home from game, wet, cold and discussed. All the things people are saying,the dropped passes, the poor decisions, the stupid penalties, the rather strange play calls, the loss despite looking for most of the game as the better team, the snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. These all go into SOP. Sugar coat it, be in denial, I really could care less. For over 30 years there are the same excuses, woulda, shoulda, coulda.

    I’m,getting way to old to think this will ever change. I, like Dan and others, have seen this before, over and over. The problem with not recruiting stars is you end up with half a team, which is what we’ve had for what seems like forever. Almost 40 years of this is about my limit. Have fun, look for unicorns, Frosty the Snowman, and the Easter bunny. I need a break. With the limited time I have left I will try to look for more rewarding things to do, like looking for El Dorado.
    

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    1. We will come back for more…. we just can’t get a runner or receiver beyond the 2nd row of defenders yet take the top off the opponents D… our D failed us a couple of times…

      It was there for the taking …

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  89. Talked to a bunch of Miami fans after the game who thought they were going to get killed. Said we were the worst offensive team they’ve seen this year

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  90. Pickett had a tough day especially with his receivers who could not catch a pass in critical situations.

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  91. There is little doubt that this team would benefit from a high quality tight end or two. That our two starters are transfers is unfortunate and a symptom of some very weak recruiting in this area. Also that we have had consecutive starting transfer O tackles. A symptom of our revolving door of O-coordinators. Hopefully Whipple solves this problem soon.

    It is easy to blame KP for a lot of the woes, but these deficiencies have not helped. He was running for his life a lot of the time today, and too many of his decent passes were dropped.

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    1. It would have been nice to try a few screen passes to the tight end to slow down Miami’s pass rush. But given the stone hands of our tight-ends…

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    2. Happy feet. The protection was better than it’s been in a while

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  92. The three runs with five minutes left was ridiculous.

    We got way too conservative.

    Defense was great.

    But they needed some help. Got to get a first down to run the clock and get field position.

    Coach Whip got too tight. Fling it at least once.

    Dang.

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    1. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was forbidden to throw it. The drive prior to that was perfect though…a couple of short safe passes to move the sticks.

      On the other hand the defense hadn’t broken down all day…

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  93. I don’t fit this loss into the SOP category. There was no epic fail. Miami has players. They kicked the crap out of VA, a pretty good team.

    In every game we have won guys stepped up with big plays to finish the game. It didn’t happen today, but this is the same team that won the close ones in razor thin fashion. Today it went the other way.

    No reason for you guys to all be acting like Scarlet O’Hara.

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  94. Okay..I’ve read all above comments and I am still furious over this very avoidable loss. I want to make one point.

    We are 4th and 1 on the Miami 1 yard line (same as Ped St. With 6:31 on the clock 4th Q and I hear the announcer say the proper play was to kick the FG. Bullish t!!! The proper play is to go for it and if you make it …game over! If you don’t make it, you leave Miami on the 1 yd line with a snarling Pitt Defense …worst case scenario is Miami makes a couple of 1st downs and punts it back to Pitt with 3 minutes left. We have the ball down 1 point (w 3 time outs) and need only a FG to win. We also have the ball last and the game is in our hands. Narduzzi is practicing game day coaching malpractice with his ignorance! The definition of insanity…Narduzzi.

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  95. I totally disagree Dan and HTP. You have to take the points and count on your defense.

    Was Narduzzi supposed to know that their 5 star freshman QB would come on to play lights out.

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  96. — 7 dropped passes (5 on offense)

    — 2 interceptions

    — 2 more trips into the redzone and settling for FGs

    There you have it

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    1. Yeah that is an SOP performance. Zeise summed it well today. Pitt is where they are as a program because they blow games like this. Period.

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  97. I can hear you guys now if Narduzzi went for it and was stopped you would be saying what a dumb decision.
    You take the points and take the lead when you can. If they stopped us on fourth down they get all the momentum. Unfortunately we couldn’t make a first down to put them away.

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  98. I would have liked them to give the ball to Carter on the third down play. He had the hot hand and was obviously miffed when they took him out and gave AJ the ball. Although AJ is more of the power guy, unfortunately he didn’t get it done.

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  99. It is easy to second guess coaching decisions, but the responsibility for this loss was that the players execution was poor. You are not going to win with that many turnovers and dropped passes.

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  100. It is always interesting to look at the box score, but what stands out is their first field goal and touchdown followed the two INTs. The first INT was a tipped ball but the second was inexplicable.

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    1. Gasman, PLEASE look at all of college FB. The entire Coastal every week. You do know Miami beat UVa just 2 weeks ago? Wisconsin was a 30 point favorite last week. Even the elite occasionally … Oklahoma today, Clemson against Pitt back in’16. I can go on an on

      If you think Pitt is the only school that does this, you’re out of your mind

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    1. How they only got two sacks against the third worst offensive line in the country is also a question.

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  101. It’s impossible to beat a team with 33… 4 and 5 * players when you turn the ball over, commit stupid penalties and dropped passes. Clean it up Narduzzi!!

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  102. It sure is easy to second guess some of these coaching decisions. 1st and goal at the two ft line at PSU and we call a play that moves the ball backwards. Up two or three scores against both UCF and Duke and we still leave the corners on an island making us vulnerable to successful long jump ball plays. Up big on Syracuse and we have our corners in press coverage on a 3rd and 25 play, yep called for holding on the bump. Now today, six plays run from inside the Miami 10 with no throws into the endzone. And, of course the capper, 3rd and 4 or 5 on our second to last possession and we run off tackle! That ball needed to be put in the air. Yes, the biggest factor in the loss was turnovers. But, if our coaches would have been more aggressive on offense today we had a good chance to win even with all of the mistakes on offense. So I agree, it’s easy to second guess the coaching this year. On a positive note, I love watching this defense play. They are talented and will keep us in every game this year.

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  103. Yep. We win and UVA loses and we take sole possession of 1st in the Atlantic. Yeah! UVA LOSES!! Oops………

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    1. That’s the dagger that hurts the most. But hey if the offense had just executed a little better on one or two plays. Game of inches.

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    1. Agreed – no way, no how. Pitt will be 0 for the last 7 vs UNC on a lightly sprinkled Pittsburgh crowd on a Thursday night ESPN game.

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  104. Turnovers, dropped passes and penalties killed PITT today. This song has been played way too often this year. Yeah, it’s now on the coaching staff and Narduzzi is at the forefront of it all!

    btw, I wouldn’t play Griffen-Stewert again if you held a gun to my head. Matthews with another important drop! Get it together gorilla arms!

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    1. The coaches keep playing these receivers with the drops. They need to sit and let the next man up play.

      I thought for sure Kyi Wright would see the field today at TE.

      Instead the coaches pee’d in my Cheerios.

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  105. My parents saw this game in person with my nieces. I need to pray harder next time.

    At least the POV has the tailgate. Thanks Fran for your hospitality. My parents enjoyed meeting and talking with you.

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  106. Someone kindly explain to me why Kenny gives us a better chance to win.
    Admittedly, Kenny didn’t drop any passes, but many of his decisions were suspect if not downright terrible.
    And yes, Ike, Griffin-Stewart should never again be given the opportunity to catch anything but a cold.

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    1. He has an incredible inability to put any arc on a touch pass. Led to his second int.

      Also, some QBs have small hands and are very affected by rain.

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  107. Pitt clinches a 37th straight season with at least 3 losses.

    Brought to you by the one and only Poni

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  108. Tough loss. Snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Next game can’t come soon enough. I agree that we should have gone for the TD and not settled for 3. H2P always!!!!

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    1. I really don’t fault pn for the decision to kick. I do fault he coaches for crappy play calling to go three and out to force a crappy punt.

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  109. We really don’t have a good offense…..to many weaknesses…. time to give Carrigan some playing time at TE….

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  110. Golfed today and then came home to enjoy the DVR replay.

    OMFG!!!

    How my family allowed me to do that with knives and guns anywhere in the house. They must want to see me jailed. The big screen is new so that is the only reason it survived. I could have shot 18 straight hole in ones and it wouldn’t have been able to outweigh the slow motion abortion I just witnessed. Hell, I could have shot 18 straight holes in negative one and not counterbalanced this.

    Read many of the posts above but not sure anybody mentions that we just need to tackle and the somewhat horrible Miami kick game must execute to win it. They would have.

    I have so much more, but why.

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  111. Tex, it was my pleasure meeting your parents. I have a very nice photo of them I can send you if you like.
    Text me at 724-309-4343 and I will send it.

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    1. just texted
      my parents were a bit apprehensive but i highly encouraged them to stop by
      i told them they would be welcomed with open arms
      and you did not disappoint
      you da man and much more
      looking forward to meeting you and the rest of the posse next year
      H2P!
      Class of ’93

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  112. I live in Central PA and have a young one at home. So I get to one game per year generally. Unfortunately this was the game. I lost my voice from yelling at that garbage.

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    1. I can’t remember a more frustrating game in the last two years. Maybe last year’s Penn State or UNC game?

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  113. Ran into Pat Bostick after the game as I was going to get my truck… Pat re-iterated what many have already said… “ we need to score touchdowns!”

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  114. When one is a Pitt football fan, one needs to be a fatalist. That is the best tactic to take, that a good sense of humor. Unfortunately Pitt football continues to be several pieces away from being a good team. Receivers dropping balls, Pickett being Pickett, etc. Hopefully some day Pitt will finally get all the pieces in place. Our offensive line should be better next year assuming we have a replacement for our center. We need someone to play tight end that can actually catch the football. Until that time we will have to console ourselves with Pitt Volleyball, our improving soccer programs, and our improving basketball programs. This year Pitt football will be 7-5 which is still an improvement over my original 6-6 prediction. H2P!

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    1. Pickett will be a senior and Narduzzi will play him all year no matter how bad he stinks. Both KP & Duzz have job total security. Another season in the toilet is all but a lock….

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  115. Many weren’t there today and many who were will never come back again. There is no hype for our program, piss poor advertising and only wins will get out the public….. and it’s been like this for 44 years.

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  116. From the Trib:

    After Pitt took a 12-10 lead on Kessman’s 29-yard field goal with 7:19 left in the fourth quarter, Miami replaced Perry with freshman Jarren Williams.

    Williams led the Hurricanes on a late-fourth quarter touchdown drive, going 62 yards on nine plays.

    A freakin’ freshman. Yet Narduzzi let Pickett stink up the place for 60 minutes. At least throw in Patti for a series or two to shake things up some. I doubt Narduzzi will ever learn how to be an effective HC.

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    1. He can’t learn because he doesn’t have the capacity to learn or understand. A lifetime assistant coach is he. His arrogance shouts out his shortcomings.

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  117. And so I just heard from the rest of my Pitt Alums who attended the game and have finally sobered up.

    Evidently there were no programs today and no hot chocolate! What a small time operation Heather runs.

    No wonder we have to pay folks to attend.

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  118. Pickett has a QB rating of 115.31 which is horrible. His yards per attempt is 6.0 and yards per completion is a poor 10.1. 8 TDs to 6 INTs, and one TD for every 36 attempts. That’s really not effective at all.

    Patti is at a 147.52 rating …ypa is 7.2 and ypc is 11.8. He’s at 3 TDs to 1NT and throws a TD every 13 passes.

    But Patti stinks apparently, at least King Pat seems to think so. But he’s not the only Pitt HC not to give backups their chances. That’s a trend among Pitt coaches.

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    1. If Pickett gets benched he hits the portal next year and Pitt will only have two scholarship qb’s on the roster.

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      1. I would not be too upset if Pickett left and got on with his life’s work. The portal taketh and the portal giveth. We also could get another recruit qb.

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      2. I doubt he’s that much of a baby. He must know he can get benched during a game when he’s stinking up the place. We’re not not talking about a permanent move to back-up QB.

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  119. I watched the game realtime today. First chance I’ve had to do that since Delaware so felt like joining in the negative fans that are in the majority here today.

    As I said, I still see us getting 7 wins, so more positive than some commenters.

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  120. I’m still expecting 8 wins at least. (regular season) PITT should have won today but this game sucked. Coaching sucked and so did the players. Too may mistakes. PITT was the better team on the field today, just not on the scoreboard. < unfortunately. 🙂 Narduzzi has to do much better……….

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      1. Too many repeat mistakes Dan, yesterdays game falls squarely on Narduzzi’s shoulders. I still think PITT wins the coastal division and gets a participation trophy plus 9 wins including a bowl victory.

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  121. It’s not Heather’s fault there was no hot chocolate. That is Heinz Field operations. They don’t have enough concession stands open either. We really need a stadium that makes the football experience enjoyable. I’m hating Heinz Field more and more these days….

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  122. Shabby game experience.
    Terrible game.
    Miserable product.
    I loathe the concept of ‘deserving more.’
    Nobody deserves pancreatic cancer or to be hit by a car.
    But the Pitt football faithful have given more and received less than any other fans….except for those of the Cleveland Browns.
    Maybe we were bad people in a previous life.
    That’s all I can figure.

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    1. I’m thankful to the good Lord that I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and grew up in a fun neighborhood. He could have put me in Haiti….

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  123. I’m sure Coach Narduzzi and KP and the receivers are getting hammered in the comments above. This was Picketts worst game so far if only because of that awful decision to throw that pass off his backfoot into double coverage. He did make some nifty scrambles today, but we didn’t take advantage of them.

    We used some formations today with 3 receivers to one side, and I was perplexed to see TE No. 86 as the middle receiver. This was even before any critical drops. I presume he was there to potentially block on WR screens, but I’d rather see another WR out there.

    Miami does have a good defense – they are fast, and their LBs are tough. This was the first game this season where I thought the Pitt D was not the fastest unit on the field.

    Besides better hands on the receivers, we really need to find a more dynamic RB. There were plays where there seemed to be some space, but we still only get maybe 4 yards. I don’t see a burst or a long-run threat.

    I expect KP to bounce back from this performance. I don’t think Patti is the answer based on some of his passes in the Delaware game, but I would like to see him incorporated on some plays because he looks decently athletic.

    I will be depressed until at least Wednesday by this loss, even though it makes no sense to me that our roster should be able to beat their roster.

    Dang — we were so close.

    Go Pitt.

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    1. I really appreciate your insight into the details of the game, John. You see things that I would never notice. Thanks and keep it coming.

      I assume you anticipate your depression ending on Wednesday since that is the first Pitt basketball game of the season. Petersen Events Center here we come!

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  124. And a great job, as usual, by Fran and Wolfe and other contributors at the tailgate today.

    (With awesome French Toast by Kim!)

    Go Pitt!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words John…Wolfe carried the day with his culinary skills. Dude was cooking for 2 hours.
      Pretty sure the sun will come up in a few minutes and my angst will diminish.
      Looking forward to the NC game with Biggie and his NC posse along with the return of Iek!!

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  125. I still expect 8 wins and THIS was a huge lost opportunity…mostly due to KP and secondly bonehead coaching on both the offense side’s second to last series and defense second to last series where they at least needed to force a FG attempt.

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  126. 7 teams in the top 25 lost yesterday. Pitt was not one of them, but they still lost.

    The Panther’s blew this game, the chance to be ranked and attract fans for future games.

    Next home game attendance will probably clip 25k with an announced 35k due to season tickets already sold.

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  127. I think this pretty much from says it all … David Hale, ESPN ACC writer
    @ADavidHaleJoint

    UNC is 12 pts away from being 8-0 & 10 points away from being 1-7.

    Wake is 3 pts from 7-0 & 14 from 2-5.

    FSU is 14 from 7-1 & 12 from 2-6.

    Pitt is 11 from 7-1 & 24 from 0-8.

    Miami is 21 from 8-0 & 17 from 1-7.

    VT is 7 from 6-1 & 16 from 2-5.

    BC is 5 from 6-2 & 21 from 2-6.

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    1. Good stuff wbb, shows why every game is a crapshoot, and again why Pitt was one big play away from a win.

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    1. And Pitt VB swept Louisville today- 2 more sweeps for the week. They’ve still only lost 1 set in ACC play so far (30 out of 31 sets)! Two home games coming up this week- Vs. Wale Forest on Friday and Duke on Sunday!! Go support the ladies!! Tickets are only $3!!!

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  128. I get the frustration, Pitt is a very flawed football team with a number of weaknesses. .

    But with a Coastal Division where pretty much anyone can beat anyone when the ball doesn’t bounce your way. Miami was lucky enough to jump on their own fumbles and we were not. Their D held us to field goals, but ours could not do the same.

    Their O-line, QB and receivers came through on their final drive. Ours did not, on our final two drives.

    Every game we have played, and every game we will play, will most likely be this way, down to the wire where the team that makes the play will win. The team that makes the most mistakes will lose.

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  129. In defense of Pickett, he made one critical mistake yesterday on the second INT, the first was tipped.

    His receivers did not help him with 6 drops and a fumble. His line had him scrambling quite a bit.

    He probably made a few poor decisions, but he also picked up at least three first downs with his feet, one of them a big run.

    Miami has a quality defense and they needed a win worse than us.

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    1. I felt the same way. His 2nd interception which led to a TD was terrible. Double coverage and if you see a replay, you can see he was leaning backwards when he threw … reminiscent of some of my golf swings.

      But he recovered and played a pretty good 2nd half, and as you wrote, didn’t get much help from his receivers … especially his TEs.

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      1. KP’s 1st INT that was tipped was also thrown into double coverage. Another bad decision amongst many yesterday (collective team effort).

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  130. I saw Nordy at the concession stand… that was the low point of my day… som beech … are we still paying SmileySmugSteve???

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  131. Another big factor is that Mack has had two poor games in a row. Seven catches for 41 yards and a fumble in the last two games from your best receiver is a problem.

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  132. The lack of a quality tight end really hurts in the red zone. Along with not having a power back is a big reason we are settling for field goals. At least Kessman made all four so he is off the s&%t list for now.

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  133. Mack got behind a defender on a deep ball that was slightly under thrown.. he had to turn around, the defender closed the gap- the ball was catchable but hit Mack’s face mask…might have been the 1st deep ball TD for KP this year( excluding trick play)
    We needed 1 TD to win that game or a couple of 1st downs when we were up 12-10….to kill the clock… didn’t happen…we almost beat a bunch of 4-5 stars with our lowly ranked team. Need more pieces on the O side…. TRUST the PROCESS!

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    1. That’s a great post BigB. There are some who scoff or smirk at TRUST THE PROCESS. However, many of us who are supporters of TRUST THE PROCESS realize it is a work in progress and not a miracle cure or quick fix. We can see that the football program is trudging forward and making real progress. Sure, the MIA loss stings and yes, I feel we should have won, But, there are 4 games in the regular season to be played and Narduzzi will have his charges ready for all of them. So, today, although our heads are bloodied but not bowed we still TRUST THE PROCESS.

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      1. Sorry, I don’t see real progress. I see a program that can’t beat crummy teams like Miami or North Carolina, or win a bowl game.

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  134. Pitt’s kicking game is like my golf game.

    In the 1st half of the season, the kicker was bad but the punter was good. But, for whatever reason, it’s been quite the opposite the last 2 games

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    1. The team lacked focus yesterday (coaches & players). The punter would be included in the “lost focus” category. Kessman on the other hand is focused because he must be on the hot seat for early season blunders.

      Anyway you look at yesterday’s game – bad performance, bad look on national TV, bad loss to a bad team, bad weather, bad attendance, bad coaching and a bad season momentum changer.

      On a positive note, my wife may have had her best day in the past 4+ months – and she did not watch one second of the Pitt game. Good for her – I wish I could say the same (the entertainment value of the miami game was a minus 9).

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      1. I should clarify, other than the Pitt game, I too had a very good day.

        Thank you all for your thoughts & prayers for my wife’s health battle these past 4 months. We still have a long recovery ahead of us, but we are seeing positive progress.

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  135. Hey guys, just back from a stint in England and am slowly getting caught up on all things Pitt.

    Haven’t been able to watch the last few weeks, but caught yesterdays game.

    Terrible. If you want to know how we were out-coached I will give you one perfect example. When Miami punted towards the end of the game, the ball landed on the 26 and was allowed to roll dead on the 6. There was a 15 yard penalty against Miami, which put the ball on the 21.

    Had FFrench fair caught the ball at the 26 and you add in the 15 yard penalty, Pitt is 1st and 10 at the 41. Three runs and we are punting from around the 50 and pin them deep in their zone. A different outcome results for sure. Our guy did that on punt returns at least twice in the second half, giving up valuable yards. Those are critical coached plays where our coaching was sub par. But it was big and NOT recognizable by the POV or attendees or the talk shows.

    I watched the 4th quarter twice. We are terrible. Please stop making excuses for poor tight end play and OL play, or QB play. We should have beat the other team and didn’t. Quit blaming a lack of Offensive coordinator, the weather and everything else. We are not good and have to be at our best to beat most teams. Today, we weren’t , again. When you look back at a season you can say what if…but unfortunately we have been saying what if for 40 years.

    This is never acceptable in business, but acceptable here and at Pitt.

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    1. The BoT sure hasn’t been looking back and saying “What if.”

      If they cared Pitt never would have been hiring mostly assistant coaches since 1982.

      Yesterday stunk and was not shocking. I’m only shocked the coaches still keep putting #86 in the game. His drops have been just atrocious. All the drops by the receivers have been bad, but in #86’s case he has been wide open with no one around him.

      Next up a Tech team in transition.

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    2. Huff — good point on that punt not being caught. I thought the same thing, but it wasn’t Ffrench out there as the punt returner. I think it was John Vardzel. I wondered if that was because Ffrench had an injury.

      Anyway, the punt went well over the punt returner’s head but he didn’t even attempt to retreat to catch it. If fact he ran to the side and forward signaling to everyone to stay away.

      Was peculiar. As you said, the roll resulted in a big change in field position. Maybe Pitt was concerned about another Paris Ford-type muff without Ffrench there — or a Ffrench-type muff for that matter…

      Ffrenchy had come off the field holding his arm at one point during the game. Perhaps this ties in with Ffrenchy’s big drop on the pass over the middle in our last possession??

      Go Pitt.

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      1. Ffrench had something in his eye, which is why he wasn’t back there on that punt. Terrible decision by Vardzel to let the ball bounce. Had he caught it coupled with the 15-yard penalty on Miami then Pitt is looking at having the ball at the 40.

        Players have to step up when it matters and he must have been scared to fumble so he let the ball bounce.

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        1. Thanks, nate. Always more to the story than we know about…

          When it wasn’t Ffrench who went out as the punt returner, I remember thinking — how nervous must that guy be…

          As BigB has said – catching a punt isn’t as easy as these guys make it look…

          Go Pitt.

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  136. One last thing that I learned today and thought was somewhat terrible that not one person is talking about today. Did anyone else hear that our head coach allowed our quarterback to interview and sign off on Whipple before he was hired? Who does that?? Tell me whether Saban, or Urb, or any other head coach allows his current player to interview and approve of an offensive coordinator!!!

    Only at Pitt. Pitt does this when we hire an athletic director!! The head football coach gets to interview and approve the hire of a non P-5 experienced AD and then that AD turns around and extends the head coach as a quid pro quo. Whipple stays with Pickett because of the same reason. Take the politics out of sports Pitt. This crap happens during kids sports, not big time college football.

    Pitt Admin is beyond terrible!

    Way to go Rachel!!!

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  137. Well, I’m not the only guy watching and writing about Pitt football who looks past the first line of game stats…DiPaola does also.

    “The running game, while racking up 176 yards, was less effective than the stat sheet would indicate. Excluding a 33-yard wildcat run by Todd Sibley and a 30-yard Pickett scramble, the Panthers averaged 2.82 yards per rush. And situationally, well, Pitt’s ground game looked like it has for most of the 2019 season: Inept.”

    As of today after 2/3 of the games have been played we have done this on offense:

    119th passing yards per completion (ypc)
    115th scoring offense
    109th rushing offense
    101st passing efficiency (team)
    Etc…

    This is what I wrote about when warning about Whipple’s hire earlier. His successes were highlighted by his UMass conference weakness and very lopsided to big passing yardage but real passing inefficiency…along with terrible running teams.

    We are seeing that writ large this year and wasting a very efficient defense which is the best D we have seen since DW’s time onboard.

    We have two wins over P5 teams and sit at 2-3 with that so far. Duke was a quality win…SYR not so much. It will be an interesting down the stretch run for us.

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    1. I think the stats are an indication of what you pointed out a while back … that the OL recruiting has been less than stellar under HCPN. And as I had been pointing out, HCPN is the antithesis of HCPC … one did pretty well on offense (other than QB); the other on defense.

      Whether Watson or Whipple, the bottom line is that Pitt can’t score TDs. They move the ball but all too often, it results in FGs. 3 times from the one vs PSU — nothing. 3 times yesterday, FGs after Pitt got to the 12, 7 and 1 yard lines respectively

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  138. Truth is with stats, many look past it when convenient and around it when convenient and at part of it when convenient and throw out some that don’t fit when convenient….

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  139. Huff. The lack of the fair catch was noticed in section 536 even by the tailgaters I sit with…judt not posted on this blog. Totallycagreecwith your points save one…don’t think anyone is in acceptance mode here at POV.
    The anger post game was palpable, even among the kinder, gentler of us.

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  140. Let me give one simple explanation to the above statement.

    Doesn’t EVERY TEAM INCLUDE ALL RUNS BY EVERY PLAYER ON EVERY PLAY IN THEIR STATS TOTALS? I don’t give a F if the right guard breaks off a 99 yard run or the left tackle scores a 99 yard trickeration pass reception for 5 touchdowns. THEY ALL COUNT IN EVERY TEAM’S STATISTICS, NOT JUST FOR PITT. Stop with the statistics manipulation and then make the point.

    Pitt has enough flaws on their own for everyone’s point to be made without any “help”.

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    1. You also can’t exclude a 30 yd scramble and still subtract 24 yds in sacks to make your point.

      This is like subtracting Hall’s big runs last year. Ridiculous.

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  141. Here’s a thought… PITT wins out and finishes the season 11-3 ………… Whaaa?

    Miami with 12 first downs ……..Whaaa?

    Miami with 208 yards of total offense ……….Whaaa?

    PITT with 322 yards. C’mon Narduzzi!

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  142. Firstly, I didn’t see any of yesterday’s game, so my comments are based on all of your comments and getting periodic game updates, and my son’s take on the game…in a word “AWFUL”.
    Numerous games this year the remark is made that drops cost Pitt the game. I kind of get that but drops are also part of the game and there are drops also in games that are won by Pitt and others. So to me general offensive strategy, game calling, i.e. COACHING are more responsible for this result than “dropped balls”.
    I’m sure after the game Minnie Diaz, like many of us, was quoting Dennis Green’s “They are who we thought they are” line.
    Finally, I’m still expecting Pitt to get 2-3 more wins this year, and by the laws of averages expect them to have one game where everything goes right and they throttle their opponent. We shall see.

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    1. Mark — you’re correct that drops are part of the game, but I don’t recall a team having drops anywhere near the number this team has had. One or two a game is the usual, but 4 or 5 per game is a killer.

      And it’s not just that we are dropping throws that are on target, in yesterday’s game we made no exceptional catches. At least I can’t remember one.

      These shortcomings play a big role in the game, IMHO. If we catch just two of the at least 5 drops, then our offense holds the ball longer, our defense is on the field less time, and the number of Miami possessions could easily be one less…

      Go Pitt.

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  143. So what can pitt do about it. Their offense that is. If I were king Pat for a day, I’d make a few changes.

    1) I’d replace Kenny with Patti
    2) I’d replace the running backs. Find a frosh on the team and give him the rock or convert one of those fast receivers. We need speed.
    3) go to a vertical passing game. Kill this west coast short passing crap.
    4) eliminate the tight end position. Go with an extra tackle or extra back. Pitts tight ends are worthless. Can’t block or catch

    These are desperate times. With some luck, Pitt can still win the Coastal. It needs to run the table and win some tie breakers. But I believe.

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    1. Duzz don’t like change. We will see the same old, same old with the personnel who logged the most minutes this season.

      In the HC’s mind, we almost won and that is good enough for Duzz and Ike.

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  144. I may not replace Pickett but I’d split the first string practice snaps and let Pickett know that he needs to perform or will be replaced.

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