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September 21, 2013

Duke Game Thread

Filed under: Conference,Football,Opponent(s) — Justin @ 8:44 am

Throw your rants and anger in the comment section, just try to keep it PG-13. I’ll be tweeting throughout the game from my couch and joining in here. If the game gets out of hand, my tweets may be slurred, but it’s not because I’m drunk. It’s because I’m drinking, drunk implies I may have stopped.

I think we know now that if that defense doesn’t figure it out this is a 4-8 team at best.

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 3:10 pm

Great a win. However, House blows. Pitt has played 3 games..and the defense has looked at least average for about 2 qtrs of those games. I don’t know what the hell Chryst is thinking, but to have even a scant of confidence in that guy is mind blowing. This was a great day for Boyd, Savage, Connor, Street, Spoon et al on the offensive…but all I can think about is how crappy that D looks. Either fire House or get him help..the guy is clueless.

Comment by opitt 09.21.13 @ 3:12 pm

Vinopal is terrible….is Christian anywhere near healthy?

Comment by Jackagain 09.21.13 @ 3:12 pm

Didn’t want to believe House and our defense was that bad but now I know. After the Pirate loss last night and this Defensive shit show I am curled up in the fetal position sucking my thumb.

Comment by Oklahomeboy 09.21.13 @ 3:12 pm

I’d rather have an ugly win than a pretty loss but this was fugly. Still, at the end of the year a win is a win is a win.

Nice job by the offense for most of the game. Nice to have a QB who can hit a receiver in stride. Nice to win.


Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 3:12 pm


Nice reference to BP, a win is a win, House is learning on the job, not good

Comment by Why ask why??? 09.21.13 @ 3:13 pm

Palermo has to take a bigger role with this D. Most experienced guy they got. Special teams a real problem too.

Comment by Pap76 09.21.13 @ 3:15 pm

Vinopal caught the on’side kick, unbelievable.

How many games like this have we lost? No time for celebration, but we made that three foot putt, whew!

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 3:15 pm

Great game. I do have to say I’m pissed my team lost today (as a Duke undergrad alum, my first allegiance is to that team, not to the grad alma-mater). But it was close, and maybe Connette will mature a bit more, not to mention the D stiffening up a bit. Hopefully Savage, Boyd, Street, Bennet, and company can keep it going, because I don’t know how many poor defenses Pitt is going to encounter this season.


Comment by Joshua 09.21.13 @ 3:16 pm

Thank you FSU for not running the score up on us! They probably could have scored 100 points.

Comment by Oklahomeboy 09.21.13 @ 3:16 pm

Upittbaseball. I thought of you all game. So sorry. I remember those days.

I am firmly convinced that Pitts administration does not care if Pitt football is ever successful.

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 3:16 pm


Winning ugly is not as bad as losing a game
like this. Glad we got the W. QBs of our future
opponents will be looking forward to
playing us. Unfortunately the D over
shadowed the play of Savage, Conner,
Boyd, and Street. Also O line played well.

Comment by JR 09.21.13 @ 3:17 pm

i don’t think we made the three foot putt, duke just missed it..

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 3:17 pm

Offense shut down in the fourth quarter until that last catch. What happened. O-line wear out or what?

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 3:17 pm

Well the offense looked good. Hopefully THEY WILL IMPROVE ON DEFENSE. As much as I was pleased wit the offensive production, I was floored by how badly he defense performed. Thanks to a great throw and spectacular catch on the last Pitt first down, the Panthers get a much needed win. Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Justinian 09.21.13 @ 3:18 pm

What was the final score – my abacus ran out of beads?

Comment by 17YearsAtPitt 09.21.13 @ 3:19 pm

We tried to give it away that’s for sure. Serious question, why was Boyd on the bench for the big play?

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 3:19 pm

If it wasn’t for that interception thrown into the arms of Gonzales, we lose this by more than a possession. Fourth quarter could not have been a bigger collapse.

Comment by de-fense? 09.21.13 @ 3:20 pm

wondering the same thing gc

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 3:20 pm

If our D can just hold every opponent to 55 points we will win out. By the way, just recruit from Clairton!

Comment by 66Goat 09.21.13 @ 3:23 pm

House needs to go. Duke just put 55 up on us with the worlds crappiest quarterback and despite 4 interceptions. Ridiculous.

Comment by Hurriquake 09.21.13 @ 3:23 pm

Offense capable of 8 wins, d capable of 6 loses so……7-5 anyone??

Comment by John 09.21.13 @ 3:27 pm

Going to church tomorrow to pray for the lifting of the curse on our city’s sports teams and for all the bad words I used starting with last night. Suggest others do the same. Rev George we could use your help here

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 3:27 pm

We won by a Levance Field’s 3 pointer. Sweet.

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Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 3:29 pm


Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 3:30 pm

Unfortunately what should have been a coming out party for Pitt’s offense is overshadowed by pathetic def and special teams. I was willing to wait and see after FSU, but I had a bad feeling based on what NM did in the second half last week. Ga Tech is gonna tear us a new one with their option.

The only real difference on D vs. last year is that Jared Holley is gone and Dave Huxtable is gone. Jared Holley was good, but not THAT good. There is no way this is a talent-only problem. I mean we are not even close, many plays with no Pitt players in the camera shot. Imagine this game without the 4 picks.

Feeling uninspired.

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 3:30 pm

So….will the over/under against Virginia be in triple digits?

I hope that Chryst looks to a college team next time for a DC…..and I hope the ‘next time’ is next January.

Comment by Jackagain 09.21.13 @ 3:30 pm

At least we will have something to talk about this week. What was the time of possession?

I remember a year the Steelers offense scored too quickly, it is hard on the D to be on the field that often. Four interceptions, one for a touchdown, that is usually great defense. Almost not enough today.

We kept knocking them down and they kept getting back up.

We wanted a progress report, we got one. Offense better than expected, Defense, not so much.

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 3:30 pm

Fields. Ugh. I’m as bad as our D.

Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 3:30 pm

Put house up for sale or I to foreclosure!

Comment by John 09.21.13 @ 3:30 pm

Clairton 58 Duke 55

Comment by Moe Greene 09.21.13 @ 3:35 pm

Duke only had the ball for 23:38 and got 532 yards….that’s sickening. Pitt had the ball for 36:22 for 5:98 yards.

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Comment by Jackagain 09.21.13 @ 3:36 pm

I feel like Pitt lost.

Comment by Mailman 09.21.13 @ 3:38 pm

Pitt has a great offense and no defense…..the Steelers have a great defense and no offense. Both special teams stink.

Gonna be a long frustrating football season around here.

Comment by Jackagain 09.21.13 @ 3:39 pm

Man, I CANNOT STAND all the naysayers here always calling for the heads of Pitt coaches. Really now!

Oh, and, House should be fired. ASAP.

Comment by DD 09.21.13 @ 3:40 pm

in other news UVA struggling with VMI into the 2nd quarter and Marshall took VT into triple OT..

Comment by rhyno527 09.21.13 @ 3:43 pm

Wow, their fan base is more pitiful than ours. Good thing for us.

Holley may not have been that good, but replacing him with Vinopal doubles the loss. Plus, no pass rush all day. When Price covered the option he should have slammed Connette every time and let someone else be responsible for the back. You have to make a running QB pay the price. No pun intended.

I still say we need to recruit D ends and Linebackers. And a new D coordinator, I gave him the benefit of the doubt against FSU. Not this time. Also a special teams guru. Or just kick the ball out of bounds on punts and squib the kick off.

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 3:45 pm

If the D doesn’t ‘t get fixed and fixed fast, I seriously doubt we can win another game….I feet really bad for Savage who is playing his ass off.

Comment by DJS 09.21.13 @ 3:47 pm

hey we won…. right?

we often lose games like that.

No doubt big issue on D and it seems like scheme and coaching… so they need to get that squared away ASAP.. let’s see what happens.

But come on… wow, what an offense!! No mistakes. Ran the ball down their throat,… two GREAT receivers… and a big time, play-on-Sunday Arm.

And Savage is showing he is evolving each week as well.

Offensive line already looks dominant.


Comment by Pittscript 09.21.13 @ 3:47 pm

Guys, Look at the bright side. Pitt DID win! Savage and the Pitt receivers made a lot of big plays, Conner ran for 141 yards, in the 1st half………and our defense will improve. They have to, because I can’t imagine them getting any worse!

Comment by Justinian 09.21.13 @ 3:49 pm

DD, only calling for the head of one. And requesting the addition of a head…special teams coach.

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 3:49 pm

The Steelers offense is not that good.

The good news is that we do have some playmakers: Savage, Street, Boyd, Weatherspoon, Conners on O.

On D, Donald, Thomas, K-Whan, Pitts, Hendricks and today Gonzalez came up big, when it was needed most.

We have lost more than our share of games like this. Savage made the play at the end, something the other guy never did.

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 3:52 pm

Your right Pittscript, lets take the win, move on and beat Virginia next week. 3-1, 2-1.

Comment by Moe Greene 09.21.13 @ 3:54 pm

There’s not one head coach at any level that can do it alone. The pipeline is beginning to fill with good players and PC seems to be the right person for this school. Time to spend the money on the assistants. Moving to the ACC gained 16m. Peterson is the only one who feels that Pitt is destined to be an under funded program. I too believe it’s time for a new philosophy but then that would take new leadership a few links higher on the food chain.

Comment by T Bear 09.21.13 @ 3:57 pm

we win just 2 more games unless houe is fired house is no good he is in way over his head.
and it is to bad beguse with this offence we could win 8 games easy.
but we wont with this D

Comment by FRANKCAN 09.21.13 @ 4:01 pm

Sorry Frank….that House is condemned.

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Comment by Jackagain 09.21.13 @ 4:13 pm

We won. We have a good QB and some explosive players on offense especially the freshmen. The D had 4 picks. 4!!!

Let’s relax, take the win and move forward.


Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 4:23 pm

Spoon was clutch in the clutch. Bitch all you want, but in the end, “the same old Pitt” would had lost this game. Take the win, get Palermo to school House on the defense and move on to Virginia. GEEZ!

Comment by Dr. Tom 09.21.13 @ 4:24 pm

We obviously need Boyd & Street to play both ways.

Comment by Bobby 09.21.13 @ 4:34 pm

pghFred “good thing I took the over at 101.5” just made me spit out my beer. Funny stuff.

Down here in Charleston (SC, not WV) they switched away to the Tennessee/Florida game after that fourth quarter interception (should have) sealed it. To come back online and see that we only won by 3 is almost beyond belief. To have my heart ripped out twice in less than 24 hours (the Pirates loss was the worst since Sid Bream did us in) is just more than one fan should have to take.

Comment by Bobby 09.21.13 @ 4:40 pm

We won’t continue to win track meet games like this. The D needs to be fixed. But with House on OJT, Pitt will lose games while he figures things out.

Comment by Pittastic 09.21.13 @ 5:04 pm

At 27-7 I actually thought it was a good idea to leave and help my wife buy a car. The fact that Duke had a backup QB playing and Pitt was scoring at will gave me all the confidence that it was going to be a laugher. Still trying to comprehend the fact that the defense/ST gave up 55 to Duke. What happens if Anthony Boone doesn’t break his collar bone in week 1? Does Duke put up 70? Only Pitt can score 58 and leave a bad taste in your mouth. Gotta get things cleaned up in a hurry.

Comment by dallas mike 09.21.13 @ 5:05 pm

I had to watch the game on DVR as we had an emergency. I had the DVR at the max recording time set at 3 1/2 hours and it ran out when Duke scored to make it a 3 point Pitt lead. I panicked. I finally saw the last Pitt series and the final score. Pitt defense played up and down. Not consistent. Maybe players fooled or not positioned.

Comment by Frank MD 09.21.13 @ 8:14 pm

We just gave up 55 points to DUKE, the WORST team in the ACC! Boyd will be the equal of Larry Fitzgerald by the time he leaves Pitt. Just as last year, we completely have the wrong players on our special teams. House will cost Chryst his job eventually – the schedule sets up nicely the remainder of the season if we defense in order , all games are winnable except Miami. Murphy, Gordon, Gonzalez & especially Vinopal are preventing us from being a really good team.

Comment by daddylonglegs 09.22.13 @ 8:51 am

Matt House = the WORST D.Coordinator in all of NCAA football.

Some of my friends above talked about him “possibly figuring things out” ….why do we have to suffer thru that! 🙁

Comment by LeBats 09.22.13 @ 8:53 am

It didnt take Mack Brown long to act after another defense humiliation byBYU last week Chryst put the wrong man in the job now he needs to correct it!! Fast! 17th ranked defense last year —- before house took over for the Bowl game. Disaster reigns with no defense since. Now we Know wht house meant when during camp he said he was simplifying the defense.When you aint got one thats as simple as it gets.

Comment by Lawrence garman 09.22.13 @ 12:14 pm

Pitt showed real nord sat right with us,Dixon also had great time now lets not make ray v the next whipping boy

Comment by Paul Shannon 09.22.13 @ 7:02 pm

Any recruit reaction from the win?

Comment by Shawn 09.22.13 @ 10:25 pm

Will the defense get better? Not very likely, IMO. Three games in and zero signs of any improvement has been shown. It is clear at least that this defense is incapable of containing a spread offense.

Maybe it will fare better against those opponents who run more conventional style offenses? Let’s hope that is the case because Georgia Tech will destroy us and even Navy’s option attack will give our defense serious trouble. Navy is no longer a sure win and may even be a likely loss.

Comment by pitt1972 09.23.13 @ 7:54 am

Monday morn sports news;New Yorkers calling for coaches scalps because Giants have had 110 points laid on them in first 3 games. How about half that in 2 games!!!!!!. Execution, schemes and tackling is not a question of talent it is coaching. All I know is that with few personel changesour D has sucked since the BBVA when house took over. Maybe the Peter Principal at work here a la Foge Ex. D coord Failure as HC.

Comment by Lawrence garman 09.23.13 @ 9:32 am

All you guys on the ledge please jump now?
Ok , thanks for clearing the ledge.

Comment by Sfpitt 09.23.13 @ 3:15 pm

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