487 thoughts on “NC State at Pitt Open Gem Thread

  1. Let’s get ready to rummmmble fellow Panther fans.

    I can feel the positive waves as I write this!

    H2P

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  2. Reported NO Covid Absences today. Not in uniform: AJ Davis, Krull, Wright, Wendall Davis, Baldonado so far. Maybe more coming.

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  3. I plan on downing a saint Arnold’s in just a few. Grill is already fired up. But Texas is playing at the same time. I’ll be flipping back and forth.

    Tex, the Texas subway alum but true alum of Pitt

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  4. You have to sign up with Youtube TV for the subscription. Just google youtube TV to go to their home page if you are interested. They were offering a 2 week free trial back a couple of weeks ago. Not sure the free trial is still available.

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    1. This is the service I have and as far as college football goes, it’s great. DVR all the games you want to see and keep Pitt broadcasts at your finger tips all season long. It’s pricey though, up to $69.00 a month now. But worth it.

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  5. So to finish my initial thought. D line getting a lot of hype…and doing absolutely nothing to back it up though the first few plays

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  6. Thor fullback is Nails. Knocked Ford out of the game and bacially blocked them into that first down on 3rd and 1

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  7. They are methodically driving on us. Basically our physicalIng us at the point of attack and they look bigger than us across the board

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    1. He didn’t turn his head. I don’t like it but I think it was a fair call. Our defense looks terrible

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    1. That was the capstone on a litany if issues. If Bates can’t figure out how to stop their power running game it’s going to be a loooong day

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  8. Not sure what defense Pitt put on the field today but it didn’t look like the one from last week. If that D shows up all day today we may be in for a long game.

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  9. Using V Davis on short yards is ridiculous. If the holes not there there is no way he could push the pile for an extra yardage.

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  10. Defense is in trouble, too many penalties, the NC State offensive line is dominating right now, very concerning.

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  11. Those pass interference calls were very questionable. It will be a long day if they keep calling it that way for the entire game.

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  12. Anyone who decides to FREE TRIAL Youtube TV will want to be sure to cancel their sub (supposing you don’t want to pay $65 monthly) after the game. It’s a 5 DAY TRIAL. And you’ll need to CANCEL ONLINE. No phone calls for cancellation, folks.

    Also, Sling TV has a FREE TRIAL, as well. This is a 3 DAY TRIAL. And if you happen to forget, the Orange package (ACC Network included) will cost you $30 (monthly). Not to bad in comparison to Youtube TV.

    Hope this helps

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    1. Even without the PI’s they are physically beating the crap out of our defense and our executing

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  13. Typical Narduzzi football. Sloppy and unfocused. O line getting their asses handed to them, especially Mr Mediocre Morrissey. We are getting
    BCed. And how’s that terrific Person to D doing???

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    1. With a more potent offense we might not have dropped in the rankings and replaced by teams that haven’t played a game. I don’t remember Wannstedt or Harris’s tea,s being as penalty-plagued as Narduzzi’s have been.

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  14. Now cam bright down. If I didn’t know any better I’d say these guys did something other than rest up last night.

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  15. Welp we are down 10-7 at the end of the first quarter. Our defense is getting punches in the mouth and besides a blown coverage our offense has looked as bad as ever. Also six penalties – four that were 100% on us.

    Did anyone say Trap Game?

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    1. Well, maybe not a trap game. Maybe we are not that good. Maybe Louisville isn’t that good. Syracuse isn’t that good and Austin Peay is well Austin Peay.

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  16. NC State OL is handling the Pitt D line very well. Pitt not getting much pressure on the QB. That will put extreme pressure on our D backfield if it continues.

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  17. Pitt running game Non existent once again. I love how people keep calling for Pitt to run the ball more and more.

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  18. 14 pt favorites?

    I don’t watch O-line enough to know but looks like they are moving nothing, not the RB’s today and those last 2 run calls weren’t the same run press type

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  19. Uh oh — we look absolutely terrible! Our O line can’t open up any room for our weak
    running backs. We have a very creative offense coach who belongs coaching at Slippery
    Rock. Yeah, I know it is very early in the game, however, we have seen this Sh-t show
    many times–too many times.

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  20. At this point, this game has “trap” written all over it; defense is playing without focus and without discipline.

    (Yeah, I recognize this comment is “captain obvious” material — and I’m sure plenty have commented similarly above. But this is expectable, and best to have it occur early today vs N.C. State.)

    At least KP has been taking some shots downfield. Would like to see more of that today.

    Not time to panic yet, boys ‘n girls!

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    1. Usually I hate to give up on a game in the first half but this looks like it isn’t even close. I hope I’m wrong.

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  21. There is a reason Whipple makes 500k and Coached at a D2 equivalent. Plus he gets a discount on his coffee at McDonalds.

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  22. Wow, I’m disappointed with the play on both sides of the line. Not surprised with the O, surprised at how bad the D is playing. Maybe they believed their press clippings.

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  23. I listen to every Narduzzi press conference and he always says he’s generally ok or happy with the offensive line. They stink imo

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  24. Whoever chose to play that moronic noise when NC State has the ball should be throw in the Mon. That is atrocious.

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  25. NC state basically running the offense that every Pitt fan wishes we had.

    Power running game
    Kick a$$ fullback
    Good tight end
    Some deep shots thrown in

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  26. Awful. All facets.

    Our OL is awful. Our Defense thinks they are better than they are. They are all playing for the headlines and not team concept.

    Last TD caused by 32 offsides for a 3rd and short conversion.

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    1. the problem with the first scramble there was that as soon as he completed his drop in the pocket, he looked to run up the gut. He is not playing well thus far….

      Warm up the tall lanky lefty…..Reed! lol

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  27. NCST had 24 players out w Covid last week. I guess they’re back. Come on now, in the back of your mind, you all knew this would happen. I thought it would be next week but…

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  28. Thanks Jackagain for the web link. I got it working for no charge. But the content is not real good right now.

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    1. His mother was whining about not being able to see him play. Count yourself blessed today Mrs. Morrissey.

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  29. why throw it to a wide open Addison when you can try to drill it in to a tightly covered Mack

    after KP has tons of time on prior play and KP can’t find anyone

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  30. It is going to be a loooong miserable season. Whipple can’t recruit. Salem can’t recruit.
    Borbely is waaaay over the hill( was he ever on the hill?). One more TD from NC St and
    we will need life support.

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  31. Does this team ever do drills to prevent offsides ??? I stick with my 4-7 prediction.
    9penalties so far. Yeah Duzz and team are great coaches!

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  32. $4 million dollar coach whose ceiling is nine

    And mediocre recruiting

    And really no elite talent at skilled positions

    Stone Age offensive schemes.

    That sums it up

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  33. This game is over. No way Pitt can make up a 10 point deficit let alone a 17 point deficit if NC State scores on this drive! Very disappointing!

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    1. Well here is the thing the bc State offense is simple but they have a real good o line … we probably looked like world beaters against the scout team

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  34. wow, should have been another td there…lucky drop..beat pinnock

    on the 2 pass interference plays, if you look at williams on the td, he initiated contact first and got a push back at the end that caused spacing.

    The second one was illegal contact passed 10 yards. After the initial contact, nothing bad happened. The pass was way overthrown.

    Our DL looks terribly confused. They are all watching the qb jerk his arms and hard counting. Instead of reacting to movement by the OL they are responding to the qb and jumping off. They are selfishly fighting for headlines!

    No trap game with BC in the queue! Stop.

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  35. NC state 15 mins possession
    Pitt 5:40

    Our defense can’t stop em now. What happens when they are gassed in q4?

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  36. Some of us may have typed that Pitt needed to long and often…..yet we run! The 3 -3 -5 is suspect against deep balls

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  37. Damn Kenny is Tough. Set what you want about him. Tried to get up and stay on the field. No way he doesn’t have a concussion

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  38. Wasted opportunity but they dodged a bullet with the NC State penalty.

    As horrible as they have played they are still in the game.

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  39. But Pitt at least is good at saving kittens and getting good grades.

    Games like this show you pitt doesn’t have the right coaches, correct practice fundamentals, the right elite talent at skilled positions.

    The emperor has no clothes

    And Koolaid makes you a zombie.

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  40. 2nd 14 from to the goal and we run. Then we throw a pass well short of the end zone and may have got Addison hurt on the play. His right arm was hanging as he ran off the field.

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  41. Agree that it was a tough hit to the head and pickett should sit for a series, but no. Nardingy not putting player safety first in my opinion. Slow the hit down and you will see a violent hit and snap of the head.

    Remember, the late hit had nothing to do with the awful pass. Pitt dodged a pick6 there and the throw was awful! Addison got set up for a big hit by a bad decision and throw. Pickett led him into a violent collision too. May have injured shoulder. At least we got points.

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  42. short arms by Addison there, and yes, I do blame him

    Whipple is bad so hope he is gone next year, run blocking is very bad and my guess is it is because Whip has zero ability with that part of the game

    might have shut off game if Kessman missed

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  43. nice job by Turner getting up for the catch as Addison lets too many hit and roll,,,I know this one wasn’t VERY short but not certain Addison goes and gets it

    of course then he turns it into another 20 or 25 yards

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  44. I watched it back and Pickett did not pull the ball out to pass. He pulled it out and started to tuck it under his left arm to run! Not! Awful play calling generally. Instead of trying to score, maybe nardingy wanted to run clock…….lol….awful!

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  45. I cannot understand that last offensive play. Pitt had time for 3 pass attempts into the end zone and time for a field goal if the passes failed.

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  46. I think I will go outside on this beautiful day and just dream of the adjustments we are about to see

    it’s going to be amazing

    or maybe I’ll just go dig a ditch, clean out the garage, and the shed, reorganize the pantry….

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  47. Well as bad as we played we are in the games, horrible clock management and play calling.

    Can someone explain to Whipple down and distance.

    Whipple is the issue, Pickett has issues but the kid is a gamer and has intestinal fortitude.

    Let’s see how the second half transpires a lot of football left.

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  48. 1at half stats

    Pitt 205 yards
    Nc state 188

    Pitt 7 first downs
    State 16

    Pitt 13 mins possession
    State 17

    Pickett 8/14 165 1, 11 ypa

    17 rushes 40 yards for the team. Pickett 7-26

    Pitt 2-8 on third down

    Pitt 10 penalties – 90 yards

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  49. NC State down multiple defensive backfield players and we continue to throw behind the line pass plays. Throwing short of the 1st down marker is the norm with Whipple.

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  50. Two ways to look at this game:

    Pitt played petty much as bad a half of football as can be played and also took NC state’s best punch and is down by four points. All they need to do is play disciplined football in the second half and they have a solid shot to win
    Same Old Pitt

    Which do you choose? I’m leaning towards #2

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    1. I don’t see our defensive line taking control as it did in previous games. That’s the big difference. What discipline? Off sides and illegal procedure penalties dominate. And without the targeting call that ball was going to be intercepted as the NCS DB was laying and waiting for that throw.

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    2. I’m going with a Pitt win today, the first series in the 3rd quarter by NC State will give us an indication regarding our defense.

      They score a TD looks like #2, they don’t score maybe we grab momentum.

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  51. If Pitt went to RPO offense they would have to get rid of every QB in the system. Pitt’s thinking is that they believe they can get a top 5 pro style QB out of HS. Unfortunately that a QB out of the top 100.

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  52. Beville one pass a behind the line screen that was snuffed immediately. Pitt is going to have a tough time winning this game unless the Pitt D begins to dominate in the second half.

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  53. Pitt will pull it out and everyone will say we are resilient when in reality we are an average team year in and out. I may bet my house Miami wins by 25.

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  54. Need an offensive minded coach. Narduzzi and his Defense stink and it is year 4-5. Pickett has been here since 2012 and still stinks.

    Miami turned into a major contender in 12 months. Narduzzi in year 5. He’s a fraud.

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  55. what is the over/under for penalties 2nd half?

    d-line good for 2, db’s for 2 more PI’s(our corners aren’t getting taller nor their WR’s smaller), and throw in at least 2 for the O on procedures, so the number is 6

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  56. Pitt Administration and Legal Team may have a talk with Narduzzi after allowing Pickett to return after taking a clear shot to the head, trying to get up and then sitting because he couldn’t. Narduzzi will say neuro cleared him, but that will be for the first test only. Pickett must get tested at half. Will see if he returns. This isn’t about him being tough/ He has established that. This is about player safety. Lets see how this plays out.

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  57. No divisions in ACC and ND is in just for this year. What a crock….they just want to see Clemson & ND play for the championship. I would hate to see ND win it then go back to being independent next season.

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  58. I stayed off POV in the 1st half for my sanity.

    We are who we always are..get your hopes up then break your heart.

    We all agree Whipple is a Moron. BUT the line stinks again and while Kenny is tough and supposedly has a cannon arm, he has an average QB brain, as many have pointed out. His decision making is slow and he’s panicky. Great enough athlete but the QB guru ha not made him any better than last year or the year before. That is the sad truth.

    The players and coaches were pissed about preseason disrespect and dropping in the rankings last week. This team never earned and doesn’t deserve respect. They do his every year and the voting press and coaches know it.

    Finally, the penalties. I said last week that this team under Duzz has no discipline. Never have. No discipline because no accountability. No accountability because no talent on offense behind you to take your job.

    All that said, NC State stinks and we should win the game. But let’s not believe we are anything but middle of the ACC with this offense.

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  59. Whipple only has about 5 run plays and the line assignment is the same thing on each of them,,,,let their guy through to our midget

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  60. OMG……some of the WURST offensive play since Tino Sunseri…….Kordell Stewart, Duck Hodges…..etc.

    Panthers just have terrible luck…….if only DJ Turner doesn’t trip over his own feet 😦

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  61. So two questions on that?

    What in the history of this game made you believe you could get a yard against this team?
    Isn’t whip some kind of passing guru?

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  62. where did you punch yourself mike? I was just kidding about being in fg territory at first and goal from the one? Awful!

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  63. If you can’t get any push out of the o-line – and we obviously can’t – you’ve got to spread them out at the goal line. Ridiculous

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    1. Robbery is a small crime. I’d charge him with treason. And heather would be complicit. They both need the gallows…figuratively my friends.

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  64. These sorry ass coaches. Get the biggest fattest SOB on the bench and run him 4 straight times up the middle. Your line will either learn to block to pick up 1 measly yard, of their asses will get crushed from behind. Pathetically coaching, and pathetic effort by the players

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  65. Only thing worse than Pitt’s play is Hillgrove’s call. He’s accurate on one of every four calls.
    Again, Pitt’s O line is trash. I’ve been saying it all season. Can’t even imagine what ND and Miami will do to this team.

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    1. Reminds me of a certain FB who tripped over his own 2 feet on the way to the end zone and we lost a bowl game to Northwestern….

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  66. Hilllgrove runs into a building drunk and still has a job.

    No one gets fired in Pitt. Even moron baboon coaches and drunk 90 year olds. Heck Dick Groat is still working.

    AARP should sponsor Pitt Athetics

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  67. Here’s what I’m seeing. They are big and strong but not all that fast in the front 7. That’s why Pickett is able to pick up all these yards on the scrambles. Honestly I’m not sure I’d call another run but I’d let Pickett scramble as much as he wanted

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  68. Mack deserves the North Shore Medal of Honor for the way they ask him to go over the middle. And they way he delivers!

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  69. iPad trouble so I didn’t post anything GOOD because the RZ offense is so bad that I wish Whipple and Borbs could be dumped when this game is over.

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  70. Told you we will win and everyone will say how tough Pickett is and a gamer and good teams win and w is all that matters. Meanwhile we are atrocious.

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  71. If this gets overturned we know the fix is in. Ref was right there. Did not look like he stepped out

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  72. Pitt goal line offense + ACC bias made this TD probably the least enjoyable Pitt TD I’ve experienced

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  73. Stop fcking around, Whipple. Keep going deep. That looked easy, in fact. And that’s what this offense needs to do.
    Now will they stick with the trend?

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    1. In with you Neil. Bombs away. They don’t seem to be able to cover us, and when there is pressure Kenny making them pay with his feet

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  74. ncst stopped going back shoulder deep where they had success, via reception or PI. Whipple and Beck must have gone to the same OC seminar, where they taught…if something works, go away from it! ncst got conservative in my mind and began whippling…..

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  75. If we play Wanny-ball here and run to protect a 3 point lead for a whole quarter, I’m putting my fist through my computer screen…

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  76. The NC State defense has had a few players go down in the second half.

    Up by 6 but a long way to go.

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    1. Tight end up the seam for the TD. I noted this three times in Pitt’s preseason hype videos. Looks like NC State was watching them too.

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  77. Bad call

    I want to point this out, Weaver was held on the 4th down conversion earlier and then they call Warren on a hold to kill our drive.

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  78. Brandon George was a couple steps late……why do we have a big slow LB in there in an obvious pass situation at 3rd and 16? Weird call by the defense.

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    1. Yea he should not be in there. Should be Dennis and Bright. At the very least Campbell and bright.

      That one is one the coaches

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  79. We’re now depending on the offense to carry us to a W.

    I think it can be done tbh, supposing Whipple has the balls to do so…

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  80. How many penalties?

    Win or lose…..

    The Panthers are the most STUPID, UNDISCIPLINED team in Division one football!
    Unreal.

    ….and that eventually falls back on the coaches.

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    1. I agree

      But most here don’t see it or see it and don’t call it out

      Koolaid rots the mind for these cultists of narsnoozi.

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  81. Well, looks like we’re not covering the spread again…. What made anyone think we could beat a legit team by 14 points?

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    1. That screen was there … and against a blitz … that one was on Pickett. He would have taken a lick but if he completed it…

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  82. Why didn’t turner turn that up field….time, place, circumstance.

    Throw deep? NCSt has a terrible defensive backfield!

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  83. Pitt is a paper tiger. Eventually it will get shredded.

    ProbBly the worst 4-0 team in all college football.

    Didn’t cover again

    Probably will be the underdog at BC. Vegas learns from their mistakes.

    Pitt does not. Still sloppy and undisciplined.

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  84. Pitt is a 4-7 team. I don’t want to hear another word about this wonderful Pitt defense
    Horrible coaching costs Pitt this game 17 penalties AYFKM!!!

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  85. Again the announcers are clueless, referees are inconsistent, they didn’t play well on defense most of the game.

    Last drive they put no pressure on the QB.

    If Mack catches the ball it’s probably overtime.

    A decision on Narduzzi has to be made at the end of the season because his ceiling is 8 wins maximum.

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  86. The game was lost in first half when the defense had to stay on the field so long that thay lost their edge at the end. No qb rushes.

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    1. The defense never had an edge in this game. Our D line almost never pressured the NCS QB. And thus our pass defense was exposed to the max all game long.

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  87. Pitt cannot be overconfident to beat anybody. We need more offense than just Pickett. Why can’t we find a running back??

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  88. Hey Jerry DiPaola, why didn’t you rank us?

    Because your team is undisciplined.
    You lead the country in dropped passes.
    You can’t recruit tight ends.
    You can’t run the ball.
    And you’re a wooden head.

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  89. The better team with the better QB, better offense and better coaching won today.

    years of recruting fat, slow and unathletic linemen dooms us now and for years to come.

    Let that sink in.

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  90. Frauduzzi

    Probably isn’t a Real Italian.

    Terrible Coaching.

    Terrible OC

    Terrible RB’s

    Terrible Defense

    Terrible Discipline

    Picket was average at best.

    Team and Narduzzi are what we thought. Wannabees.

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  91. Fire Narduzzi

    When will u people believe.

    He’s just so damn aweful

    Recruits Elon players

    Would rather save a kitten than crush a quarterback.

    Would rather pull a good class grade than pull off a good play

    Doesn’t care about discipline

    Is secretive and got caught for cheating

    Got heather his protector hired

    Doesn’t even know defense right now

    Offense is 1950’s

    Abrasive, arrogant and missing a few meatballs

    How many teeth fell out after this game Koolaid drinkers

    I told you so

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  92. And the announcers said last week that the Louisville QB was missing wide open receivers. Apparently so. Maybe the strength is only the D line and the vaunted DBacks aren’t all that. Guys open all over the place.

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