While not as disastrous as the Dave Hart era of Pitt football, the Carl DePasqua period that came right before Johnny Majors I was hardly stellar. A 13-29 record over 4 years and only one season at .500. Pitt under DePasqua effectively peaked halfway through the second season. Pitt had reached 5-1, before riding a 4 game losing streak to 5-5. Those were followed up with 3-8 and 1-10 seasons and Pitt’s 3d coach in 7 years.
Still, if there is one thing that lingers — and vaguely redeems — from the DePasqua era, it is the 1970 Backyard Brawl which also served as Pitt’s homecoming. A game that saw Pitt come back from 35-8 to win 36-35 (hat tip to EDSBS).
In two parts. Part One:
Here’s Part 2
You may notice, Pitt had no decal on the helmets. The cheerleaders just had a block P on their sweaters. The script was still a few years away.
One final note on the Backyard Brawl. Todd Graham goes down as the first Pitt coach to face and not beat WVU at least once since Fred Crolius coached one year in 1902. Even Paul Hackett did it once.