653 thoughts on “Same Old Pitt Open Game Thread

  1. I understand the weather is just horrible in Blacksburg. If their QB runs the ball as well as PSU’s 2nd string QB Pitt could be in for a very tough game.

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  2. Pickett’s first pass should have been picked off. He through into what looked like triple coverage. The pass to Mack looked like it was tipped by the DB.

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  3. The only good thing so far is that VT fans are probably complaining about their running game as much as we are complaining about out passing game

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  4. I think mack actually interfered with shocky jocky on the first pass. He waived right in front of shocky’s face. The second one was a drop and the 3rd, Mack didn’t shield the ball with his body. He looks so small…..

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  5. Kenny is so up and down (up last week), but he does not look good so far. Feel very bad for our defense. If not for tv timeouts they wouldn’t have time to get a drink.

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  6. Our special teams are very slow getting down the field. VT will take one of these punts from Pitt a long way back if we don’t just some on those punts quickly.

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  7. The entire broadcast is a VT commercial and now we make a broken coverage for a Tech TD. This could get uglier if we can’t get off our asses on offense.

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  8. Need a spark. Get Kenny out of there. This D is good and he usually plays scared under pressure.

    Give another QB some time. Not saying they are better – before I get blasted by the Kenny fan boys – just that a change cannot be worse!

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  9. Like I posted yesterday Foster will pressure Pickett all game long and it would appear that’s exactly their game plan. I’m not sure I can stay watching this disaster in the making much longer.

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  10. Can’t blame announcers, you had to know it would be a Foster love fest. If you want to be upset there are lots of guys on the Pitt side to take it out on. This O is what we’ve seen all year, with a couple exceptions. Oh well.

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  11. Well Bernie … is you put $100 on the Hokies as a good luck charm, this could be the week you get paid back

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  12. There is the dreaded defensive TO. If I’m Fuentes, I throw one over the top and secure the win.

    Pitt won’t score 20 today – the turtle is too slow.

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  13. Welp, just wait til we make adjustments at halftime like we always do!

    Also, Mack is not playing well on offense. The rbs are not picking up the blitzes and our OL is terrible.

    Dane Jackson not playing with enthusiasm. I think he spent it all in the pre-game jabbing.

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    1. Gimme the long drive and rest those horses on D. Course at this stage I’ll take a few first downs in a row just as a sign of progress

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  14. I can’t believe I’m gonna say this, but these announcers are nowhere near as biased as the clowns who did the Nitters game. Never, ever heard two guys so in love with one team.

    Crap, how many times have we used that play on short yardage. Think they may have seen that one before.?? Whipple, well, there are issues.

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  15. Should have kicked the gdam field goal. A coach needs to sense when points, and hence, momentum are needed. Now you let VT keep the momentum

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  16. Our tackling is so piss poor today. Should have sacked hooker three times on that third down. Ford petty much the only one playing up to standard today IMo

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  17. This is the worst we’ve played all year. Perfect timing.

    I’m going to go ahead a retitle this thread right now

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    1. And I already feel stupid about my 4-5 point spread prediction.

      We need some offensive playmakers to step up. Give the defense hope guys or it’s going to be a total beat down.

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  18. No the VT offense is taking advantage of an overly aggressive Pitt defense.

    Our offense needs to get a bit more creative and take advantage of the VT defense.

    Plays are there we are just not executing on offense, dropped balls and receivers need to get some separation and hold onto the ball.

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  19. Every…..single…..time…….I……..get…..my….hopes…..up……That is what I mean by SOP. If it didn’t hurt so much…..Wait till next year……we’ll make adjustments at the half……..take another d time out………Big game, team goes MIA.

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  20. no need for any revenge emotion……it’s a game of emotion and we don’t have any except for ford! you don’t tackle by waiving your arms at the ball carrier. We have no legs. We are playing flag football against a team playing tackle ball.

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  21. Die hard Pitt fan. May be the first time I’ve ever given up on them. We SUCK BIG TODAY! Think I’m gonna go take leaves in them rain.

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  22. Game. Over. I would have held out hope that we could come back from 14-0. I don’t think we can come back from 21.

    We don’t have an answer for Bud Foster.

    Fuente has plenty of answers for our defense

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  23. It would be such a Pitt thing to go down in the history books as the team that Bud Foster pitched a shutout against in his last game at Lane Stadium

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  24. Put Patti in NOW. You’re down 3 touchdowns and nothing is improving. Make a change. Picket is just off today and you need to move on.

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    1. Something is going on with the Aussie. I have no details but my spider sense is tingling. Note the commitment of a punter to the 2020 class, just this week.

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      1. It started with the drops. Gained momentum with the Pickett fumble-scoop-and-score and went full on dumpster fire when tech figured out how to beat our defense

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  25. well, it isn’t a blood pressure/cardiac risk event

    it is a gut wrenching, gastrointestinal illness, puke fest – different part of the medicine cabinet in play today 😦

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  26. Crap, movie doesn’t start till 7:30. Let’s see, watch second half or put lit bamboo under my fingernails. Oh how I miss Upitt at times like this.
    I fail to see how anyone can’t say SOP. Game for chance to keep season going, top 25 ranking, national TV, pretty much even game, and did you expect anything less. Only thing worse will be watching hoops this year. Sigh, well, at least we are a Women’s volleyball school.

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  27. Totally immaterial to the current status of the game, but if they afforded Pat Narduzzi 10 timeouts per half, he’d burn 8 of them before the second quarter starts. Please my buddy Iek, please don’t defend this nonsense. This team looked TOTALLY unprepared to play a football game today. Offense, defense, coaches. A total embarrassment. And typically, I’d say if we score on our first possession after the half, we have a chance. But not today. Unless we clone Paris Ford at halftime. He seems to be only guy that brought the juice today. Of course even he was out of position on VT’s biggest offensive play of the game. What a mess.

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  28. Halftime.
    Pitt locker room:

    HCPN: Hey Whip, got any Kohl’s 30% coupons?
    Whip: Don’t you think we should game plan for the second half?
    HCPN: What For? We don’t do sh#t after halftime?
    Whip: But we’re getting slaughtered.
    HCPN: Slaughtered is what’s gonna happen to me if I don’t get my shopping done before we head to the Military Bowl.

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  29. Worst half Of football all season. Glad we saved it for our most important game. At least we don’t have to worry about the second half collapse frustrations

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  30. No one should be surprised.

    Very wet day on the road with a passing game, without it’s number 1 receiver, and no running game against a good running QB and a stout defense.

    Cards kind of stacked against us.

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  31. pretty sure I’ve never seen that word in writing, only ever HEARD it

    not sure how I was able to spell it without looking

    Pitt helped of course

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  32. What your seeing is a team coming out of halftime and still being in total confusion. But this isn’t really something new. This is entirely on the coaching staff. Just a hot mess that finally caught up with them. Well, at least he didn’t use the TO on D.

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    1. At this stage in the game and the season those I think those that are in the “narduzzi is a 7-8 win coach” camp seem to be in the right

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      1. Maybe, they made a great hire on the defensive coordinator Bates, Narduzzi had a great offensive coordinator in Canada, I’m not sold on Whipple, he left UMass in a mess.

        Given the right circumstances Pitt could be a really good program but that’s hypothetical and today the offense is playing their worst game of the season.

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        1. No that’s fair Wlat. This defense with even a middling offense (let’s not sugar coat it we are 79th in yard and probably close to 100th in points per game – that is bottom third at best) and the right schedule this could be a 9-10 win team. The question is how bare is the offensive cupboard (pretty bare…) and just how good is whipple (up and down and best…but again what does he have to work with? And is that going to get better?)

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  33. Wayne has looked good whenever he’s played, if you are looking for a bright spot. Ya know, at least the Nitters and hoopies gave a great effort as much, much bigger dogs. We are just dogs.

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  34. This game is fixing to be the first time under Narduzzi we sack the quarterback 5 times and lose

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  35. `This just saves the ACC trouble later in finding a way to bypass us for the Orange Bowl or Camping Bowl. I mean, c’mon, who would want to go to Florida in the winter anyway…

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  36. I thought the earlier calls for a new QB were knee jerk, bu think it may be wise to put Patti in next series.

    I guarantee the Hokies want a shutout for Fosters last home game and are going to keep the pressure on.

    Get Kenny out and let him watch for a while.

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  37. Please do not have Kenny do an interview after this game… I get so tired of hearing “we didn’t make enough plays… Left some plays out on the field… I didn’t play good enough… Taking it all on my shoulders…!”

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  38. We still got our volleyball team in soccer team to be proud of… I’m hoping for the military bowl is we can have a big POV get together… That’s where I met JoeL, Joeknew and Reed….Guaranteed a great time…

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  39. If he gives VT more credit than the obligatory “VT is a good team” in the post game presser, I’ll puke. This game was about our ineptitude and nothing else.

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  40. A couple of series ago with about 10 minutes to go in the 3rd Q, Pitt got to the VT 38 and punted ???
    Kick went in endzone for a net gain of 18 yards. Down 21-0, with this offense, you gotta go when you
    have a chance to score. Any remote chance of a comeback, was over then.

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  41. Lol incomplete on 4th and 1 foot. 🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻. I am going to be waking up in the middle of the night with the homie fight song in my head

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  42. Why not run the QB for half a yard?

    This offensive team STINKS!

    There is no fluidity to the players, play calling nor motion of the plays.

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  43. This offense is absolutely putrid. The D allows 14, has multiple sacks, etc. offense is putrid. And I don’t think it is whips fault.

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    1. I think we have to look ourselves in the mirror and admit the cupboard is bare

      I also think that whip is an idiot about 10% of the time. For example…that 4th and 1

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    1. In order to have a passing offense you have to have a passing QB. Pickett isn’t even among the Top 50 in Passing Efficiency. He’s 92nd(of 105). Which is horrible.

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  44. Since we are already assured of a bowl game, does anyone on God’s green earth, think THIS team will maintain discipline to win any bowl game?

    maybe EVER under HCPN?

    seriously best bet ever is against Pitt in late December

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  45. Starting to see another 3 game losing streak to end the season. BC can pound the ball on the ground. Ford is our best tackling DB. Out for 1st half.

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  46. If KP is the QB I’m turning to another game.

    Pittiful performance by all involved with Pitt FB –

    Heather: hold off on the extension until after we are 7-6

    Most fans won’t be paying attention.

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  47. Perhaps our 2 and 3 stars aren’t all that? Or is it that our coaches aren’t all that. Or perhaps both? However you look at it, this was a terrible performance.
    In all seriousness, if it’s raining Pickett should never get a helmet. Some are mudders, some aren’t.
    They got outplayed and out coached. Hey, we won a heck of a lot of close games with a offense, so winning 7-8 with half a team is OK, I guess

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  48. 2 games this year to make a statement and get ranked and Pitt blows them both.
    Man today is just pathetic. I can not summarize it any other way.
    Kman

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  49. Gee, I am sure all those Va recruits we want will come running after seeing us play. Better load up on the 2&3 stars cause they will lead us to the promised land ( of 8-5 ). Heck, after seeing this coaching and offensive performance we should go for walk Onsen, cause, you know, percentage wise they are so very successful. Yup, 22 walk inside it is. And maybe Cherpuk as the coach while we are at it. Heck, get rid of ROC and replace him with Upitts goat.

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  50. Stopped watching at halftime. Listenening to Billy and Pat while making broth for my wedding soup for Thanksgiving. At least I get some enjoyment from my wedding soup.
    Not so from the Panthers today.
    How does a team look so totally inept this late in the season?

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  51. I would start Patti next week. Send a message and really, what are we playing for?

    The team is (offense) horrible. Coaching just as bad. We are already bowl eligible. No longer playing for a Coastal.

    Let’s see what team 2 offense can do.

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  52. Finally mostly moved in after 2.5 months of a crap show.

    Looked forward to watching this…

    By halftime I got a call that the carpet cleaner could squeeze me in today so I could get my apartment ready for final walkthrough.

    Guess what I did?

    Btw, SOP means many things, but what I have come to find for me over the decades is that it means…every time Pitt gets close to getting on the radar nationally as a serious team, they pull this crap.

    Dave

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    1. Start with Miami (OH), Marshall, and Richmond before playing Notre Dame at home next year.

      If they aren’t 3-0 heading into that game, I don’t want to hear lame excuses.

      Dave

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  53. Offense never progressed the entire season, put Whipple up in the press box, they continued running back and forth is comical and needs to stop.

    Very dissatisfied with offense this season definitely the teams glaring weakness.

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      1. Let’s see…from 1938 to 1976 it was 38 years(with a couple good years in between). From 1983 + 38 years……2021. Mark it down 🙂

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  54. Hats off to Virginia Tech.
    They have a competent coach who will be in demand.
    They have an excellent coordinator.
    And they have loyal fans that filled their stadium during a cold rain and they stayed until the end.

    And we, well, we have none of those.

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  55. Well I’ll break out the cheap bourbon after this one. Narduzzi isn’t the answer people. Been saying this for 5 years like a broken record. The sooner y’all realize that, the better off you’ll be mentally. No ten win seasons or final rankings with this coach. But if you like saving kittens in trees and walking old ladies across Forbes, he’s your coach. I want killers who love concrete.

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      1. Indeed they weren’t. In fact they were saying it when he got his a$$ kicked by Duke 45-10 this year

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      2. But Tech fans arent me. I’ve been sayin for 5 years. I’m Fn consistent. And I’m brutally right on this. Stop denying and just let go people. Repeat after me: ‘ Narduzzi is NOT the answer.’ He never was and never will be. I want 10 wins and top 15 seasons and nice bowls in Florida. I dont care about the players graduation rates, GPA’s or life skills and community service badges. Like I said before, I want players who like to kill on the field and I want players who love an urban campus with concrete and not grass under your feet. Defending this coach has gotten old with me. Its time to move on. Heather – I’ve got 5 coaches on my short list. You commission a feasibility study for an OCS, and I’ll supply my list.

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  56. I am not surprised because I never thought we were good.

    Facts are that Pickett is decent at best. Without French receivers are below average. O-line is below average, running backs are way below average and tight ends stink.

    You can’t win without scoring no matter how good your defense is.

    What does surprise me is that we have seven wins and a chance for two more.

    I saw this coming from a mile away.

    You guys are acting like Charlie Brown when Lucy pulls the ball away. Really, you didn’t think she would this time?

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  57. Post Game Presser

    Coach, your thoughts?
    HCPN: Wet and cold. Difficult day for football. Good thing I bought this coat. Had it delivered at halftime. Kohl’s. Whip had a 30 percenter.
    Why was the offense so anemic?
    HCPN: If you watched any of our games, you noticed we cannot run the ball worth a damn. And passing the ball, particularly when the kids don’t have a warm coat as fine as mine, well…you saw them…like they were grabbing at a greased pig.
    Thoughts on losing Paris?
    HCPN: He going pro?
    No, I meant the targeting call.
    HCPN: We’ll address that with the league office. But they don’t care about us yanks…you know, still stuck in that War of Northern Aggression stuff.
    Coach, last season you lost your last three games. Any worry about history repeating?
    HCPN: If it does, we’ll be ready for it.
    Can you explain that?
    HCPN: Not really. But then, why are you asking me hard questions after all the boneheaded calls I’ve made. You should know better.

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  58. sports fans …. you have to love them. No doubt, a year ago the VT fans were writing the same thing about their team and coaches after Pitt ran for 492 yards against their defensive genius, leading to a 30 pt win

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