Virginia at Pitt Open Game Thread

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

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

“Hail to Pitt”

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

source: https://www.lyricsondemand.com/miscellaneouslyrics/fightsongslyrics/pittsburghfightsonglyrics.html

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Let’s Go Pitt!

583 thoughts on “Virginia at Pitt Open Game Thread

  1. Avonte Maddox gets 3-year $22.5M extension. Pretty good for a little runt

    And speaking of runts, K’Wuan Williams still playing for the 49ers — believe this is his 9th or 10th year in the NFL

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. As Wlat posted betting line moving up to 15 plus. Suggests late money moving to Pitt. Here’s hoping the late betters know the Armstrong stays report before the rest of us do.

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  3. On the field no Mack, Barden or Stovall. I think we knew mark and Barden were not going to be available but were hoping for Stovall to be suited. Not good for a depleted WR group. Hammond was suited up and it looks like he is available to play.

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  4. By the way Wake Forest is being destroyed by Clemson both by the score and physically as many of their players have limped off the field. With a couple of breaks Clemson just may win the Atlantic division.

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  5. Gonclaves at RT and Zubovic at RG which probably means Huey is not good to go as the starter. That weakens our OL since both Gonclaves and Zubovic did not play very well against NC and and as a result KP was pressured on the blitz coming from that side. Hopefully the extra practice helped those two get their act together.

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  6. I always have a bad feeling but it seems like the injury situation is not good for us. Missing two starters on the offensive line and Taysir Mack is not good.

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  7. line down to 12 in some books

    I am nowhere near the stadium or it would drop further 😦

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    you’re welcome again 🙂

    Go KP!!! and all seniors!!!

    H2P!!!

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  8. too funny….i read where Mich State was talking about giving Tucker a 10 yr extension.
    So they go out and get absolutely hammered 56-7…..really

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  9. Dan I hate to say it but that was stupid play SVDs part and a correct call. He deserved to be tossed. If that was a Virginia player we would be screaming.

    Stupid play in our most important game

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    1. Crazy that the Dennis hit didn’t draw a flag, live. Tough start. Defense needs to bow up and force a fg attempt, which will be a shankapotommous!

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  10. It’s almost impossible for Dennis to pull up there. The receiver was already being tackled and Dennis led with his arms. Unfortunately, the guy’s helmet came down during the tackle and they collided.

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    1. exactly, some targeting is TARGETING, this is bs targeting – hard to “avoid” by SVD, like impossible if you make contact at all

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  11. While all this is going on our defense continues to allow receivers to run wide open- as they have all year. Bend, don’t break, eventually breaks.

    Unless we get some good hits in

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  12. That targeting call wasn’t just big on the first drive or because Dennis is out. #9 just had a chance to light up a receiver and pulled up.

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  13. This is a good qb – hurt or not. We can’t let the receivers run side open all day and hope KP can outscore them. Dangerous game to play.

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  14. As mentioned earlier..we should run right thru them. run to set up deep pass to 3.

    virgina has trouble tackling because they only use their arms.

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  15. Pitt should win this game very easily. Virginia defensively tackles with their arms. They look like a high school defense as far as tackling. In other words, soft, so far. This is the first I have watched them so I hope that poorness continues.

    Pitt can run through them and or pass through them.

    Defensively, we need to remain disciplined. Their qb is good, but if we maintain discipline, we will be fine. They do not have a running back that scares me that I have seen, but we are only a little over a quarter in. The qb and big WR/TE a formiddable right now, but they are too reliant on that.

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  16. virginia defense are arm tacklers/missers! easy peasy! They can’t tackle. Flea could run for 300 today. Same with izzy or hammond but i thought i read hammond might be injured.

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  17. punk could have seriously injured Kenny,,,with that going after his knees…,and Ref watching.,.,no call.

    I don’t imagine the bias against Pitt…..huff

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  18. I always debate with my son that we need to run more to open up the pass and soften up the D.

    He says, not when you have Kenny and these receivers. Not arguing with him any more.

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  19. Despite the genius ACC referees missing a pass interference and roughing the passer penalty the Panthers still scored.

    The Panthers are averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

    Pass Defense still looks a bite shaky.

    Referees still suck

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  20. He does agree with me in this team’s refusal to cover any receiver. It is so bad, it has to be intentional as part of the scheme to simply not cover anyone and confuse the QB with multiple wide open options.

    Do you all think it is simply a lack of athletes as 2 stars just cant hang? Our guys are slow and weak in the back and have been for years.

    Any good qb makes it look like playing a video game on “beginner” level.

    The defense just sucks today.

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    1. Well maybe they’ll be better in the 2nd half. UVA has a very good offense and most predicted a shootout.

      Now go back under your rock ! lol

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  21. I do think that the targeting was clear.

    I think the not called interference when addison and the db tripped feet, could be viewed as unintentional…..that said i disagreed with the no call.

    Izzy….

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  22. Can Pitt’s defense get a stop? They seem helpless against the pass. 90% of Armstrong’s passes are to the left side. Not enough pressure. Armstrong has too much time to throw.

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    1. Pressure is the reason you had to hit the head, or our D needs to pressure their qb.

      I actually like their qb, he seems to progress through his reads very quickly.

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  23. Looks like Duzz playing prevent betting the can’t go length of the field but guys wide open and no rush. Never thought I’d say I miss corners on island but geez!

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  24. Just an observation, the UVA QB is accurate but it seems they are settling for very quick passes.

    Is his downfield accuracy limited due to his injury or is he ok?

    Our defensive backs can’t cover or tackle.

    If the defensive line can’t pressure him, he will pick us apart all game.

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      1. It’s just an observation, I’m not sure if the UVA QB has the ability to throw long due to his rib issues, his mechanics look off

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  25. This is NOT prevent defense. It is pathetic. Thank god for the D line! The DBs and LBs can’t cover average to below average athletes.

    These aren’t pinpoint passes in to tight coverage! These are easy lobs to wide open guys. Period, end of story. This isn’t just scheme, it’s slow athletes.

    We will have to outscore them and get a couple sacks in the 2nd half. The D line will have to do it.

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      1. They look at them in the booth, every play. It is called an expedited review. If clear, they let the ref know. I thought the interception hit the ground too, but upon a slower look, it hit a hip and then i lost sight of the ball. All three angles couldn’t confirm the ground therefore, play call on field stands.

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  26. Running the ball 2 or 3 times in the 2nd half might keep the Virginia qb off the field for a few minutes and prevent 2 easy passing touchdowns

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  27. UVA offense >>> our defense

    Pitt offense > UVA defense

    looks like out D trying to get strip tackles and obviously not great in cover, can’t see Armstrong getting slowed down

    so either need to take some chances with blitzes or this is going to be a heart unhealthy 2nd half

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  28. Somebody help me out, doesn’t Pitt have the right to call for a review of that not an interception? In any event, how does the “booth” see a ball rolling onto and then off a supine defensive player’s belly to the ground not review that play?

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  29. I never watch or really can see the o-line play, either way FOR or AGAINST Pitt

    is there holding going on? either team? nothing obviously called yet and as is commonly known, it can be called on just about every play

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  30. Not obvious on the holding to me. Virginia keeping an extra guy in – and their guys are still running free.

    You have to hand it to our banged up O line so far. Kenny has plenty of time. I bet if we even bothered to hand it off there would be huge holes

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    1. Kenny has been sacked several times and chased around enough. Almost got seriously injured on the one scramble and no call by the ref….who was right there watching.

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  31. I commented above, but i think the booth performs expedited reviews on all plays and lets the ref know if there are any issues. Obviously Nardstop could have appealed, which also means it must have been inconclusive.

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  32. The good thing is we will “obviously” make defensive adjustments at halftime and come out in a completely different scheme. Right?

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  33. that call is the least of my concerns

    not sure why KP threw it up and didn’t just go for a 1st down, still time to run 3 plays or so with 1 time out left

    o-line needs to play a good 2nd half and NO TURNOVERS will be critical to win

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    1. last 2 series were great, one on short field and other 3 and out

      that’s not going to be easy to keep up withour hammering Armstrong

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  34. These D backs are making me sick to my stomach. I guess we will have to score in every possession.

    Narduzzis defense has always and will always suck. Western Michigan would rather play us every week as opposed to getting their ass kicked by MAC schools every week.

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    1. I thought that too tvax. I thought they took the peel back block out of the game and you could stand in the way but not crack back. Either way, we don’t tackle and the announce crew didnt call it out….uggggh

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  35. according to our head coach, he doesn’t get involved with offense at all, or special teams. So his full concentration is on defense, and that looks awful again. I understand it is an offensive game, but we should be further along in our schemes to defend, or am I wrong here?

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  36. We were having success with Hammond and went away from it in order to be cute. a pickett run….injured ankle! Is that the surgically repaired one? 4 down territory? Will be interesting how nardstop handles this if it comes up….

    haven’t heard cam brights number called all game on d….i think we dial up some blitzes to disrupt their pass game a bit.

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  37. slipped on the new/old turf.

    the good news is that we went for a long bomb on last 4th and short so va has to be wary. This time, hammond!

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    1. what did the acc have to do with any of that jugger? We interfered and the guy still caught the first one…and the second ne we weren’t even close in coverage. I am confused with the ref bashing and acc bashing. We are an awful defense!

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  38. Way to go defense! Thanks Coach Duzz!

    Game plan for that series was “let’s make ‘em go 2 plays instead of 1 play for a touchdown boys!! Give the O time for a drink of Gatorade”

    Perfectly executed

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    1. you would think with a sideline reporter at the game we would be able to find out. We got to hear how great of a leader Armstrong is…

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  39. disagree

    What is the rule on targeting in college football?
    The 2019 NCAA Rule Book defines targeting as when a player “takes aim at an opponent for purposes of attacking with forcible contact that goes beyond making a legal tackle or legal block or playing the ball.”

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    1. Targeting elements include:

      Rule 9-1-3:

      (a) A player takes aim at an opponent for the purposes of attacking with forcible contact with the crown of the helmet.
      (b) An indicator of targeting is present.
      2. Rule 9-1-4:

      (a) A defenseless opponent (Rule 2-27-14).
      (b) A player takes aim at a defenseless opponent for the purposes of attacking with forcible contact to the head or neck area.
      (c) An indicator of targeting is present.

      you can argue all you want about the intent of attacking…however, the ref interpretted the fact the ball was jarred loose as an attack of a defenseless opponent.

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  40. I watched the game at a party without the sound on so it sounded like I missed some crappy announcing thankfully.

    When was the last time a Pitt receiver had 4 TDS?

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  41. we can blame refs on targeting, but remember they didnt call penalties on either targeting when it was live. For that reason alone, I can’t say the refs tried to hose us. They were called targeting (both correctly) after they were reviewed.

    Now there were a couple of other calls that were questionable but nothing big in my opinion. Everything aligned. Picketts last td was an interception in waiting. He missed 86 running underneath.

    bronco should have kicked fg on 4th down because he needed two scores. he needed to give his team a chance and he blew it!

    Tat said, coastal championship fellas!! congrats!

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  42. still disagree but…

    So what is targeting in college football?
    Simply put, the targeting rule prohibits players from making forcible contact against an opponent with the crown of the helmet, which the NCAA defines as “the portion of the helmet above the level of the top of the facemask.” That means it has to be more than a legal tackle or block or playing the ball, and when in question, it’s ruled a foul.

    Although these are not all the indicators of targeting, here are some defined by the NCAA rulebook:

    Launch — a player leaving his feet to attack an opponent by an upward and forward thrust of the body to make forcible contact in the head or neck area
    A crouch followed by an upward and forward thrust to attack with forcible contact at the head or neck area, even though one or both feet are still on the ground
    .
    Leading with helmet, shoulder, forearm, fist, hand or elbow to attack with forcible contact at the head or neck area
    .
    Lowering the head before attacking by initiating forcible contact with the crown of the helmet

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    1. shared this in your earlier post…

      Targeting elements include:

      Rule 9-1-3:

      (a) A player takes aim at an opponent for the purposes of attacking with forcible contact with the crown of the helmet.
      (b) An indicator of targeting is present.
      2. Rule 9-1-4:

      (a) A defenseless opponent (Rule 2-27-14).
      (b) A player takes aim at a defenseless opponent for the purposes of attacking with forcible contact to the head or neck area.
      (c) An indicator of targeting is present.

      you can argue all you want about the intent of attacking…however, the ref interpreted the fact the ball was jarred loose as an attack of a defenseless opponent and it did hit the head.

      I agree with MM…I hate the rule but by this…it’s targeting.

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      1. maybe

        or you both are wrong along with the replay ref

        first time I must disagree with MM, and probably won’t happen again in a very long time

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  43. My congrats to Gasman who was the first to argue for 9 wins despite a ton of pushback he held his ground. H2P. My BP and Heart could not have stood being there!

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    1. They mention like 1/2 dozen time Izzy has been missing, but did their sideline reporter ever inquire or update.

      WTF is a sideline reporter for?

      HTP!

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  44. Great win. Please understand that I need to step back. I’d love nothing more than to be included
    I hope you all understand that I had to step back.

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  45. The Total for today’s game was 88 (an easy pick), Pitt scores 48 and Kenny saved his Heisman campaign with that last TD Bomb of 62 yards to Jordan. Winner winner….chicken dinner !

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  46. Early in the Season I said Pitt had a “SPECIAL” Player. Got no response.

    Today and other games that SPECIAL Player has been the REAL difference in what Pitt has been able to achieve this year.

    I bet you know the answer now.

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    1. Good question, perhaps that is why Patti got the after game….camera time.
      Plus Cuse after losing today….needs a win next to be….wait for it…….Bowl Eligible.

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  47. My inner Eeyore was braying like crazy on some of those calls, especially the Dennis ejection, but Addison’s TD #4 shut him up. A rare and beautiful season. Came down to one must win game, and we won it! Wish I were there to celebrate in da burgh. Am I the only West Coaster posting, these days?

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  48. I only saw 4 series, 3 UVa tds and a fg. Reasons are private and someday I might share, but couldn’t watch rest or end of game. Glad for the win, better days ahead.

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    1. They typically have condensed games on YouTube. I’ve enjoyed watching them for both games I have seen as well as past games. God bless.

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  49. Vincent Davis rushes for 100

    that first one he broke for about 23 looked like if he didn’t stumble might have gone for another 20 more

    credit where due, many contributors tonight

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  50. Armstrong is a tough kid, however, he caught a big break when SirVocea was knocked out of the game at the very beginning. I have no doubt in my mind whatsoever that Armstrong would have been tasting some Heinz turf if SirVocea played.

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  51. Scus7. …

    Might be a chance for the running backs to practice how to get a handoff and run forward. They seem really good at it but the coaches don’t let them try. Could we experiment with this cutting edge, seemingly unheard of kind of football next week?

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  52. Oh boy, now we have to worry about beating the orangemen for regular season win # 10. That would put Narduzzi in elite company. That would be a kick in the pants for some of you, wouldn’t it?

    Right now, I’m happy Armstrong played. Ironically it was PITT playing their backup QB. What a big throw and play by Nick to move the sticks.

    Every dog has his day. Great job coach Pat.

    I think Narduzzi wiped out almost every myth made up about him. LOCK THE GATES!

    WE ALL WE NEED……. ike/iek

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  53. The Flea avg’d 8.3 yards per carry. 12 carries – 100 yards !!! The Flea….the Man !!!