Pitt – Tennessee Game Notes


Complete Game Release Link


September 10, 2022 ∙ 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Acrisure Stadium (68,400/Grass) ∙ Pittsburgh, Pa.

ABC-TV ∙ 93.7 The Fan ∙ Pitt Panthers Radio Network

PittsburghPanthers.com ∙ @Pitt_FB


√ Pitt hosts a Southeastern Conference team for the first time when Tennessee visits Acrisure Stadium. The game has been named the Johnny Majors Classic in honor of the legendary coach and player.

 This is the fourth meeting in a series that dates back to 1980. The Panthers are 3-0 against the Volunteers, including last year’s 41-34 triumph in Knoxville.

√ Both teams won their season openers last week. Pitt won a 38-31 thriller over rival West Virginia, while Tennessee rolled past Ball State, 59-10.

√ Pitt is very familiar with second-year Tennessee coach Josh Heupel. In addition to last year’s encounter in Knoxville, the Panthers twice faced Heupel when he was head coach at UCF. Pitt defeated UCF, 35-34, in 2019, while the Knights claimed a 45-14 win in 2018.

√ In his debut as Pitt’s starting quarterback, Kedon Slovis completed 16-of-24 passes for 308 yards and a touchdown against West Virginia. It was the highest passing yardage by a Pitt QB in a season opener since 1998.

√ M.J. Devonshire’s game-winning 56-yard interception return touchdown against West Virginia marked the Panthers’ third consecutive game with a defensive TD dating back to last year’s ACC Championship.

√ The Panthers collected five sacks in last year’s win at Tennessee, including two by defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado.

√ Pitt offensive line coach Dave Borbely was a Tennessee graduate assistant under Johnny Majors during the 1984 and 1985 seasons. The Vols’ offensive coordinator on those staffs was future Pitt head coach Walt Harris. 


Television ∙ ABC (WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh)

Sean McDonough (play-by-play)

Todd Blackledge (analyst)

Molly McGrath (reporter)

 Pitt Radio ∙ 93.7 The Fan & Pitt Panthers Radio Network

Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play)

Pat Bostick (analyst)

Larry Richert and Dorin Dickerson (reporters)

 SiriusXM Satellite Radio

SiriusXM Channel 106 or 193, SXM App Channel 955

 WPTS Radio (Pitt Student Station) ∙ 92.1 FM

 Online Audio