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 stand by my 31-20 prediction. Post yours!

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 9:27 am

pitt will win 28 to 20

Comment by FRANKCAN 09.21.13 @ 9:28 am

is house a bad coach we will know after this game
but as was said the offence is better then we thought.
if the D should stink we can put up the house for
sale signs.
if the D is good we will win 7 games this year
and go to a good bowl.
lets go pitt.

Comment by FRANKCAN 09.21.13 @ 9:39 am

Bad feeling 23 -20 pitt wins but doesn’t cover

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 9:47 am

Justin, I’m with you. I poosted last night 31-21 Pitt. Go Panthers!!!

Comment by pittman4ever 09.21.13 @ 9:48 am

Game is on ESPN360, subject to blackout, but only in the east. I’m good in Ohio. If you are in the blackout states and don’t have Comcast, try using a vpn.

Comment by ohhowihateohiostate 09.21.13 @ 10:02 am

Game is on WLNY 10/55 in the NYC metro area (510 on FIOS)

Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 10:06 am

Game is on sirius radio station 112

Comment by FRANKCAN 09.21.13 @ 10:22 am

I’m feeling bullish about the offense, concerned about the defense still having some kinks, and giving Duke some extra points on account of Pitt’s tragic recent record on the road. Three road wins in the past two years makes any road win a good one. Duke’s defense gave up 36 points per game a year ago and I don’t think they’ll improve much. Pitt in a bit of a shootout that they don’t put away until the 4th quarter . . .

41-27 Pitt

Comment by TartanPanther 09.21.13 @ 10:27 am

0% chance of rain in Raleigh/Durham until 5 PM today.

Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 10:43 am

Is the game on ch4 today?

If not you can get it here:

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Comment by Jackagain 09.21.13 @ 10:58 am

Throw caution to the wind 42-21. Rain may not happen until after game is over.

Let the Big Dawg Eat.

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 11:06 am

Good thing we aren’t playing here. Passing would be tough. Heinz mud bowl.

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 11:07 am

For Pittsburgh residents, game is on ABC. That’s 4 on Fios, 504 on high def fios.

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 11:27 am


It’s awful. Just went to breakfast at Pamela’s in Shadyside and it was pouring. My Palko jersey got soaked.

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 11:29 am

OL with plenty of push the first 2 run plays. Bennett had it easy.

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 11:32 am

Game plan, run run run

Comment by alcofan 09.21.13 @ 11:32 am

Stare’n ’em down

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 11:33 am


Comment by alcofan 09.21.13 @ 11:33 am

Conner is the real deal.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 11:34 am

Gosh there looks like maybe 20k at game. Is it just tv or is it that empty.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 11:34 am

Late arriving crowd

Comment by alcofan 09.21.13 @ 11:36 am

No arriving crowd…

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 11:37 am

Great drive. Need 7. I took the panthers -4.5. Lets go baby

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 11:37 am

Need to punch it in with the big guy

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 11:38 am

Go for it!!!!

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 11:39 am

“Paul ball”

Comment by alcofan 09.21.13 @ 11:39 am

Damn did you see that block by Cory King? This is Pitt football.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 11:39 am

Qb sneak

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 11:39 am

Great drive offense. OL absolutely owned the LOS the entire drive. Methodical and easy. Love it.

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 11:39 am

Nice drive. Bad kick.

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 11:40 am

high snap

Comment by FRANKCAN 09.21.13 @ 11:40 am

Nice start!

Comment by Mailman 09.21.13 @ 11:40 am

I’m out of town – is there a web site that carries the Hilgrove – Bostick broadcast?

Comment by 17YearsAtPitt 09.21.13 @ 11:40 am

Come on blewitt. Thats terrible

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 11:40 am

So there’s that…

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 09.21.13 @ 11:41 am

That was a bad snap and a bad hold, not really Blewitt’s fault.

Comment by Patric 09.21.13 @ 11:41 am

O-line having their way!

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 11:41 am

Nice 1st drive. Wish it wouldn’t have come down to a 4th down but the OL manned up on that drive. Let’s see what this defense can do.

Comment by Pendlum 09.21.13 @ 11:42 am


Try espn3. If that doesn’t work, google It’ll lead you to an illegal feed site. Try that.

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 11:43 am

Kick coverage still looks kinda weak

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 11:43 am

NC 13 Georgia tech 0

Comment by alcofan 09.21.13 @ 11:43 am

Still can’t stop the zone read.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 11:43 am

I hope this QB keeper doesn’t hurt all game. Saw at the end of NM some holes against that

Comment by Pendlum 09.21.13 @ 11:44 am

3rd and long coming up for Duke. This is where the D needs to be, they cannot complete a high% of these.

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 11:44 am

wannstedtian mistkes (missed x pt) will kill Pitt against a good team …..nice drive nice INT

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 11:45 am

Hendrix is The Man

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 11:45 am

Nice pick by Hendricks!

Comment by Pendlum 09.21.13 @ 11:45 am

Conner delivers the blow

Comment by alcofan 09.21.13 @ 11:47 am

So sweet to see this fine blocking.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 11:47 am

NC looks reallly good and balanced

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 11:47 am

Conner escapability

Comment by alcofan 09.21.13 @ 11:48 am

Conner looking great

Comment by Pendlum 09.21.13 @ 11:48 am

Boy the line looks dominant. I do believe James Conner is now our #1 RB

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 11:48 am

way to run the ball

Comment by FRANKCAN 09.21.13 @ 11:48 am

Connor looks good. Play action should kill duke soon

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 11:49 am

Yeah, Boyd just got interfered with hardcore. Bad noc all.

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 11:49 am

should have run it

Comment by FRANKCAN 09.21.13 @ 11:50 am

Boyd was robbed. That was PI.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 11:50 am

checkin in from ny…unfort i don’t have cable, Time Warner sucks and doesn’t support espn online, and hasn’t started their feed yet. booo.

Comment by WilliamsburgPanther 09.21.13 @ 11:50 am


Comment by alcofan 09.21.13 @ 11:50 am

Seriously I am in full panic mode with our Specials. What the &@$%!

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 11:50 am

Not sound in the kicking game…

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 11:51 am

Unbelievable. 2nd and 7 from goaline and come away with no points.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 11:51 am

correection… live feed is up

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Comment by WilliamsburgPanther 09.21.13 @ 11:51 am

Nerves on the road

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 11:51 am

what is up with the kicking game

Comment by FRANKCAN 09.21.13 @ 11:51 am

Unbelievable. 2nd and 7 from 9 and come away with no points.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 11:52 am

What’s with our kicking game today?

Comment by MariettaMike 09.21.13 @ 11:52 am

little things…details …..really disappointed this coaching staff has not fixed them god awful play on fg team

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 11:52 am

Need to sure up this special teams

Comment by Pendlum 09.21.13 @ 11:52 am

In SC and the game is on! Love being in the ACC!

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 11:52 am

GC. Nerves its Duke and there are maybe 20k people. Shit execution is the problem.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 11:53 am

Another Pick! Yea!!!

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 11:53 am

Don’t worry special teams, the defense has this.

2 picks already!

Told you this secondary was gonna win.

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 11:54 am

Wow….nicer pick Williams!!

Comment by Pendlum 09.21.13 @ 11:54 am

NICE INT Williams….make em pay this tme

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 11:54 am


Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 11:54 am

Get some points now. Play action. Nice INT

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 11:54 am

Need to run some play action and go deep. It’s time

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 11:54 am

Tyler. Freaking. Boyd.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 11:55 am

Pass it they have 8 in box Chryst

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 11:55 am

And that is why Boyd needs the ball

Comment by Pendlum 09.21.13 @ 11:55 am

Tyler Boyd ladies and gentlemen.

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 11:55 am

WOW Boyd!!!

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 11:56 am


Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 11:56 am

Tom Savage threw to his second target everyone!!!!

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 11:56 am

Boyd is awesome. Go for 2, screw kicking

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 11:56 am

Street gets a game ball on that play for sacrificing his body at the end of the play on that block.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 11:56 am

I agree iron duke! Kicking game looks bad

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 11:57 am

Rushel who? Conner and Bennett are looking great! Also Tyler Boyd is terrific. I’ve already forgotten the name of the wide receiver from Central Valley. We got the better guy!

Comment by Justinian 09.21.13 @ 11:57 am

Chalk up two more touchdowns scored by true freshmen.

Comment by Mailman 09.21.13 @ 11:58 am

Keep the gas pedal down. Dont let up.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 11:58 am

Great blockstreet!

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 11:58 am

can the kicker put it the endzone this time??

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 11:59 am

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by MariettaMike 09.21.13 @ 11:59 am

You guys are insufferable. Blewitt was 8-8 on PATs and 2-2 on FGs coming in to this game. RELAX.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 09.21.13 @ 11:59 am

Savage look off, Boyd amazing balance and moves and Street willing to sacrifice. Great play all around.

Comment by Taxing Matters 09.21.13 @ 12:00 pm

Nice answer by the Pitt offense!

Comment by Mailman 09.21.13 @ 12:10 pm

Savage to Street on Play Action!

Fellas I think our offense is going to be pretty good.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:10 pm

Great throwing arm! H2P!

Comment by MariettaMike 09.21.13 @ 12:10 pm

Nice TD! Need to fix our defense a ton but o looks great

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:10 pm

Boys, looks like if we are going to win this year it will be by out scoring the other team! This offense has some weapons. But the D…

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 12:10 pm

VT is losing to Marshall. LOLz

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 12:11 pm

I hope Tino is watching so he see how a good qb throws down field.

Comment by Oklahomeboy 09.21.13 @ 12:11 pm

Savage looks sharp, Vinopal not so much.

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 12:12 pm

We got our PI call back. Cool

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:12 pm

Blewitt has to better than kicking the ball to the 15 and 10 yard line on kick offs

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:13 pm

Nice tackle by Price. I think we just need to send him off the edge all day long.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:13 pm

ur right, those are free yards everytime!

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 12:14 pm

Time to hire a special teams coach. This has to be Pitt being cheap. This offense is fun to watch…

Comment by Pap76 09.21.13 @ 12:14 pm

It’s really nice having a quarterback who can throw downfield!

Comment by Justinian 09.21.13 @ 12:15 pm

Yeah I hate to keep picking on Vinopal but he keeps playing poorly.

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 12:15 pm

Throw downfield and hit the receiver in stride so he can keep running to daylight.

Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 12:16 pm

They missed a PI call on Pitts. I’ll take it but these refs are bad. Corners need to startle poking back for the ball. Nice to see them letting them play in single coverage though.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:17 pm

so is Gonzalas like to see Thomas in soon!

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 12:17 pm

*looking back for the ball

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:17 pm

Short punt and the returner clearly yelled for everyone to steer clear.

Last week’s mistake won’t happen again. That’s what crap opponents are for: those mistakes don’t cost you games like they do against good teams.

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 12:18 pm

I was laughing so hard and long at Donald’s tackle of the quarterback and running back that I missed Duke’s touchdown. On the replay I saw that the receiver was not covered. Sigh.

Comment by Caw Miller 09.21.13 @ 12:18 pm

Man they missed the pass interference call again. I will take it but Pitts held him then he ran through him without looking for the ball.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:20 pm

Duke has a nice offence. Pitt just needs to keep scoring.

Comment by Justinian 09.21.13 @ 12:20 pm

Savage to Boyd. Lights out. This is freaking awesome.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:20 pm

Jesus. Nice to have a quarterback that makes it looks easy. As opposed to, well, you know.

Comment by Mailman 09.21.13 @ 12:21 pm

Tom Savage throws a pretty deep ball.

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 12:21 pm

Deep to Street, Deep to Boyd. Missed that ball the last few years. Can’t play Duke every week, but it sure helps the confidence!

Comment by Pendlum 09.21.13 @ 12:21 pm


Comment by CNorwoodAZ 09.21.13 @ 12:22 pm

Thats 3 more long passes completed than the last 3 years combined HTP!!!

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 12:22 pm

savage really has a nice arm.

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 12:22 pm

Wow….imagine what Foster is thinking right now. If you’re a WR or RB you want to play on this team. The FSU game was jitters.

Comment by Jim 09.21.13 @ 12:22 pm

This ipad espn 3 junk must be on 3 to 5 min delay. Nice!!!

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:22 pm

so much for ball control

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 12:23 pm

Did anyone else see Syracuse’s new uniforms? Wow are they ugly.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:24 pm

Hate to be nasty but can somebody give Tino a call at 1-800 EAT SHIT!

Comment by Oklahomeboy 09.21.13 @ 12:24 pm

I think I like this long ball stuff. It’s been such a long time since we’ve seen it at Pitt! Savage is the best deep thrower I’ve seen at Pitt since Dan Marino.

Comment by Justinian 09.21.13 @ 12:24 pm

Go up 30 and put in Voytik. Get boyd out as soon as game is in bag. He is too valuable to get hurt if this one gets in the bag for us.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:25 pm

See how long they put eight in the box now

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 12:25 pm

They have to play the run, so that leaves the long ball open. I hope one of the two QB’s have an arm like Savage.
Question? Can we go 7-1 before we play Notre Dame? Am I over hyping their play the last two games?

Comment by Jim 09.21.13 @ 12:25 pm

O line giving Savage good protection

Comment by Panther Fan in Hoopieland 09.21.13 @ 12:25 pm

Defense still can’t tackle. Thank god for the passing game.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:25 pm

I remember Alex Van Pelt and Olanda Truitt hooking up on a lot of long balls in the early 90’s Justin. Savage’s ball is much prettier though.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 09.21.13 @ 12:27 pm

Duke is stupid to do anything besides the inside zone read until we prove we can stop it.

Wow Vinopal is bad.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:27 pm

get vinopal out of there

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 12:28 pm

Who is Vinopal’s backup?

Comment by Mailman 09.21.13 @ 12:28 pm

hate to bitch but where is this vaunted Pitt d???

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 12:28 pm

And Matt House’s shitty-ass zone defense is just as much to blame.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:28 pm

Need a long drive, run the clock, give the D a rest

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 12:29 pm

I can’t believe Vinopal even dresses for this team.

Comment by Hollywood 09.21.13 @ 12:30 pm

Get vinopal off the field. Pitts or ifill his back up?

Comment by Why me 09.21.13 @ 12:30 pm

add aD coordinator and a special teams coach to our wish list

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 12:30 pm

How can they leave Vinopal in there that’s two TD’s he’s given up!

Comment by Steve h 09.21.13 @ 12:30 pm

For those who don’t post here often, you post may require me to approve it. I’m checking this every minute or so but if I miss it I’m sorry.

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 12:30 pm

And that’s why I don’t like seeing our better players returning kicks.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 09.21.13 @ 12:32 pm

CNorwood, Savage throws a much better deep ball than Van Pelt. Van Pelt was more of West Coast offensive guy and He was very good in that system. Savage has a stronger arm.

Comment by Justinian 09.21.13 @ 12:32 pm

James Conner is a beast!

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:32 pm

Do we have any Freshmen we can replace Vinopal with???

Comment by Jim 09.21.13 @ 12:33 pm

God our D is bad. House would have a pink slip. The INTs are nice but we playing against a backup qb

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:33 pm

GREAT Blocking by GARNER

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 12:33 pm

Pitts got hurt on that KO.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 09.21.13 @ 12:34 pm

Use the clock so our defense can stay on sideline

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:34 pm

Nice first down catch by ‘Spoon. Clutch play.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:34 pm

Boyd should of had it

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:35 pm

I have no idea why they don’t go play action and then chuck it to garner.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:36 pm

Should have made them stop the run

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 12:37 pm


Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:38 pm

What a pleasure watching the ball head down field to receivers, the era is finally over. RIP!

Comment by Jimbo 09.21.13 @ 12:38 pm

Still 9 minutes left in the half

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 12:38 pm

Would like to see some back shoulder throws

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:39 pm

Why does Ray Vimopil see the field, let alone make the trip?

Comment by Gas 09.21.13 @ 12:39 pm

nice make by blewitt. i still not sure about the way the ball comes off his foot though.

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 12:39 pm

Let’s see if they keep throwing at Vinopal

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 12:40 pm

Agree baseball. Not enough air under that ball to street. And yes, Boyd should have come down with that catch. We left 4 on the field.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:40 pm

If Nicholson comes to Pitt, he starts at safety next year.

Comment by Gas 09.21.13 @ 12:41 pm

I’d keep throwing at Vinopal. All he does is try to stop the run.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:41 pm

nice kickoff, that two in a row. i’m feeling a little better!

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 12:41 pm

Just said this on twitter, but perspective on that Savage fade on 3rd down.

If you miss a fade, you miss high and outside, then it’s incomplete. The offense was in easy FG range and had 27 points. Don’t force it. A fg when you’ve dropped 4 TDs in the first half is acceptable.

You always pursue perfection, but don’t do something stupid like force a throw when you’re up by 13.

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 12:41 pm

UPittbasball, It would have been a great catch if Boyd could have made it. I’m pleased as punch with how he’s playing.

Comment by Justinian 09.21.13 @ 12:42 pm

Wow our run defense SUCKS.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:42 pm

defense getting shredded.

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 12:42 pm

Vinopal again. Misses a tackle at the point of attack on that run.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:42 pm

Vinopal and his missed tackle got Gordon hurt

Comment by Steve h 09.21.13 @ 12:43 pm


Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 12:43 pm

their qb is making is second start..he looks like the fsu qb..

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 12:44 pm

Attention Henry and Nicholson if you come to Pitt you will start. Our D needs you!

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 12:45 pm

This offense is not hard to stop. 8 against the run, man the receivers with corners and hendricks. Duh.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:45 pm

How does House have a job? Recruit defensive players and a new DC.

Comment by Jim 09.21.13 @ 12:45 pm

We will 50 points to win this one.

Comment by JR 09.21.13 @ 12:45 pm

Anyone getting the idea that Vinopal sucks?

Comment by Panther Pride 09.21.13 @ 12:46 pm

To beat anyone good we better score 45 every game

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:47 pm

Tom Savage is our best defender…

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:47 pm

45? We will need 60.

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 12:48 pm

Vinopal is a major liability right now.

Comment by Hollywood 09.21.13 @ 12:48 pm

We are getting HOUSED right now. Yes, obviously Vinopal should not be out there, but there’s a much bigger problem, and that’s the dc. I wish it weren’t true.

Comment by 1618mt 09.21.13 @ 12:49 pm

What a fucking joke our defense is. They all stunk except Donald. Id leave house in Durham. I wouldn’t even pay to fly him back to PA

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:49 pm

Tough to watch our D. Must be exactly how Duke feels. So much time left in this track meet. We are far from in the clear, really have to keep scoring, and no turnovers.

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 12:49 pm

Not to pile on, but why is Pitt#9 involved in every big Duke play?

Comment by KeyboardKev 09.21.13 @ 12:50 pm

Who said the D is the strength of the team ?

Comment by JR 09.21.13 @ 12:50 pm

I hope you bet the over

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 12:50 pm

House/Haley/Hurdle. Pink slips for the H’s. Pitt D offering little or no resistance. When are we going to learn to play the option? Hopefully this year. This is embarassing

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 12:51 pm

What scares me about our D is our DC is bad AND other than Henry and Nicholson we aren’t really recruiting heavy on D.

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 12:52 pm

linebackers awful

including todd thomas

vinopal shouldn’t even sniff a div III 2-deep

if the defensive line doesn’t get it done gotta wait for the safeties (other than vinopal) or CBs to make the tackle cus the LBs (and vinopal) sure as hell arent

Comment by deepelemblues 09.21.13 @ 12:52 pm

We have left 7 points on the field. Duke stinks and we are only up 9. You need TD’s not FG’s. especially when you have the ball on the 5. And that extra point knowing us will come back to bite us. Come on pitt. Use the whole clock and score 7. Dont let our defense face the amazing duke offense with a back up qb. Yea im being sarcastic

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:52 pm

I said earlier in the week this would be a scoring fest, but didn’t think it would be THIS wide open.

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 12:53 pm

And now the offense is making mistakes. WTF.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:53 pm

At this rate we will be behind by halftime

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 12:53 pm

Dan 72…agree about House and Haley, but Hurdle is the man.

Comment by Jim 09.21.13 @ 12:54 pm

Are we playing Duke or Clemson? Just checking

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:55 pm

Not sound in the kicking game. #%@!*@

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:55 pm

We better score 90.

Comment by ECH 09.21.13 @ 12:55 pm

I wouldnt kick fg’s and id go for it on all 4 th downs. Thats how bad the d is

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:55 pm

special teams, no one predicted this

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 12:56 pm

No defense. No special teams. We are handing them this game!,

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 12:56 pm

Oh, btw…Vinopal missed another tackle on the punt return. He is personally responsible for 21 Duke points.

Comment by ECH 09.21.13 @ 12:56 pm

Pitt always finds a way to disappoint.

Comment by 17YearsAtPitt 09.21.13 @ 12:56 pm

30 to 28 half score. Mark it down

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:56 pm

I can’t believe we are only up by 3. No evidence that we can stop their offense either. This sucks.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:56 pm

Duke = UConn South. Here we freaking go…

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 12:56 pm

Vinopal with another missed tackle. Why? Why?Why?

Comment by Steve h 09.21.13 @ 12:57 pm

Up by 2…

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:57 pm

Need to score here. Duke gets the ball to start the half.

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 12:57 pm

What a joke! Chryst you better light a f ing fire cause we would lose to Carlow with your defense and shitty DC

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:58 pm

same old pitt. fwiw, todd graham has his program on the rise, we are getting schooled by duke wow..

at some point boyd is going to get hurt on kick offs..

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 12:58 pm

Hate this kind of mistake prone FB. The
missed extra point is a curse. You are
watching 3 bad teams.

Comment by JR 09.21.13 @ 12:59 pm

At least we have Connor. Needs to keep that ball high and tight. They are grabbing for it.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 12:59 pm

Duke is terrible this year fellas. Plus we are playing a back up qb. SMH

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 12:59 pm

This is why you don’t bet Pitt plus 4

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 12:59 pm

awful reffing 2 blatant clips on that punt return

and #9 again

this coaching staff can’t make adjustments to save its life so dont worry he’ll be out there the whole second half

Comment by deepelemblues 09.21.13 @ 12:59 pm

Need 7 or we lose this game. Need momentum

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 1:00 pm

Need to find a replacement for house. He isn’t a DC

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 1:00 pm

Bennett couldnt find the hole outside???????? Throw it chryst

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 1:01 pm

Impeach House!

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:02 pm

Schedule home and away with New Mexico.

Comment by JR 09.21.13 @ 1:02 pm

Boys I like HCPC and what he is doing but the D is a mess and that is all on House. He needs to go for the good of the program.

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 1:04 pm

Spoon again on 3rd down! Huge play. Like what I see from Savage.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:04 pm

agreed shawn, but i got to question the dc hire.

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 1:05 pm

Anyone think Savage isn’t good enough?

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 1:05 pm

i think we need another full post about the negatives of tom savage and the DEEP concerns we should all have about him

Comment by deepelemblues 09.21.13 @ 1:05 pm

Did we score? TV just went out.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:06 pm

Two remarkable throws by Savage.

Comment by Justinian 09.21.13 @ 1:07 pm

Going out for a new bottle of scotch. I’ll need it for 2nd half

Maybe should. Get drugs and tranqualizers! Especially after last night!

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 1:07 pm

Yes TD pass to Boyd and extra point good

Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 1:07 pm

Goalie I agree. I think most Pitt fans were stumped with this hire and it’s a mess and isn’t working. Time for HCPC to cut his loses with this and hire a new DC.

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 1:07 pm

If we don’t make any adjustments at halftime on D then House is totally inept.

Comment by Oklahomeboy 09.21.13 @ 1:07 pm

Yes Atlanta Panther we scored!

Comment by Justinian 09.21.13 @ 1:07 pm

Wtae lost the feed, what is going on?

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 1:07 pm

Who is the special teams coach?

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 1:08 pm

Sweet. Here’s to hoping House gets his head out of his rear end at halftime.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:08 pm

We have a 298 yard passer, 144 yard rusher, and 2 110+ yard receivers in the first half.

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 1:08 pm

Seems like the Duke coaches are making all the adjustments. Hated House hire from day one. This was a top 20 defense that returned 8 or 9 starters. Gotta put it on House. TD Boyd!

Comment by Pap76 09.21.13 @ 1:08 pm

we have 468 yards in the first half … and it is a game?

Comment by artj 09.21.13 @ 1:08 pm

So Pitt has 468 yds of offense; we have 300 yard passer, a 100 yard rusher, and two 100 yard receivers…in one half. YET I feel like we are losing. Only at Pitt…

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 1:09 pm

On the bright side, Georgia Tech only scored 38 on Duke last week. We’ve got 37 at the half.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 09.21.13 @ 1:09 pm

Is anyone having issues with the tv channel?

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 1:10 pm

Justin great minds think alike

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 1:10 pm

Adjustment time…this should be interesting

Comment by artj 09.21.13 @ 1:12 pm

lol…at iron duke. I’m only laughing to keep from crying.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:12 pm

Ha iron duke. I just told my buddy why do I still feel bad after we just scored 37 PTs in a half against a conference opponent

Comment by Why me 09.21.13 @ 1:12 pm

@GC: We don’t have one! Not sure we have a defensive coordinator either…

Comment by Pap76 09.21.13 @ 1:12 pm

Plus we had two interceptions, definitely not the same old Pitt.

House better adjust, and replace Vinopal

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 1:13 pm

Can Boyd play D?

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 1:14 pm

The defense as a whole suck, but Vinopal single handedly gave up 2 scores.

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 1:15 pm

Alas, we are not familiar with the locker room.

Comment by 66Goat 09.21.13 @ 1:15 pm

Hey yinz,

Should I start a new thread for the 2nd half or keep this one going?

Comment by Justin 09.21.13 @ 1:15 pm

Justin my vote just leave this one

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 1:18 pm

Could be worse. At least we’re not losing to Marshall.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:18 pm

Keep it going, high scoring, high posting

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 1:18 pm

We have to keep scoring. The defense just hasn’t shown up to play.

Comment by Justinian 09.21.13 @ 1:19 pm

The defense is bloody awful – out of position and can’t tackle. House has got to go immediately. PC needs to step up and be a head coach and take care of this before the season is shot, especially since the offense looks like it’s really coming along and could be good.

Comment by SteveS 09.21.13 @ 1:20 pm

UNC and TECH going at it. Great game!

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 1:21 pm

They showed up to play for the first two or three series. I’m not sure if House changed up the D or we just started generally sucking after that. But yea, we need to keep the pedal on.

I have a feeling the final is going to be a basketball score fellas.

Pitt 72, Duke 68.

Jamie would be proud.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:22 pm

I predicted a 33-28 Pitt win, so double that now. 66-56.
If this were Pitt v. Duke in hoops, I’d be happy with this halftime score!

It is a shame that the D is taking away from a magnificent performance by Savage, Boyd, Street, Conner and the O-line.

These kind of games happen with more frequency in the ACC, maybe this is our new norm.

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 1:22 pm

Glad to see the score prior to the half, I felt like we were losing to only be up by 2. We might want to consider playing a little better defense in the 2nd half if we can stand it. Might be fun to try something different anyway. I love that we scored 37 points but this game is still up for grabs you can be sure. A couple southern calls from the officials and things can change real fast. I think the next team to score a touchdown will win. I hope it’s us.

Comment by spiritofsection 22 09.21.13 @ 1:24 pm

I predicted a 44-31 win. Not going to happen.

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 1:24 pm

outside of vinopal the defense hasnt been thaaaaaat bad they havent been good but not terrible either

but of course #9 has more than made up for it and your defense is only as good as the worst player on it and vinopal is just god-awful

Comment by deepelemblues 09.21.13 @ 1:25 pm

BTW as bad as the D is, this game is not really close without that punt return. I am completely at my wits end with the Specials. How can a BCS AQ team not have a special teams coach????? Inexcusable.

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 1:26 pm

If we lose this game it’s on House. How many games do you think he’ll cost us this year? At least one, probably 3. Getting blown off the ball and all these missed tackles are inexcusable.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:27 pm

Do we really not have a special teams coach? Really?

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:27 pm

Our D has to stand up, no offense can stay this hot.

Run the football, tire them out and keep our D on the bench.

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 1:28 pm


cmon really?? this is duke they are playing, not fsu or clemson. they are getting worked.

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 1:29 pm

Get Vinopal and Gonzalez off the freaking field for God’s sake!

Comment by notrocketscience 09.21.13 @ 1:29 pm

Look at the difference between Cucliffe and Chryst in the interviews. Granted it’s only an interview, but Chyst looks bewildered. Cucliffe has a plan. I’m a Chryst supporter but c’mon.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:30 pm

AP, I believe they have an unpaid grad assistant running the specials.

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 1:32 pm

Nice 3 and out Pitt. Maybe there is hope.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:33 pm

Nice to see a three-and-out to start the half.

Comment by Mailman 09.21.13 @ 1:33 pm

ID – It shows.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:33 pm

Two hands on the ball when you get tackled Conner. This is going to bite you…

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:34 pm


21 out of duke’s 28 points are because of one person ray vinopal

and 7 of those 21 never should have happened the refs ignored 2 blatant clips on the punt return

Comment by deepelemblues 09.21.13 @ 1:35 pm

Did Bennett get hurt?

Comment by Mailman 09.21.13 @ 1:36 pm

Pitch and catch.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 09.21.13 @ 1:36 pm

…nevermind. Wasn’t expecting to see Ibrahim in there.

Comment by Mailman 09.21.13 @ 1:36 pm

Yea! Huge TD catch by Street!!!!

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:37 pm

@ blues,

it’s a team game, no one player can be blamed or praised.

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 1:37 pm

what a pass by savage

Comment by deepelemblues 09.21.13 @ 1:37 pm

Big time throw and a big time catch right there. Wow.

Comment by Mailman 09.21.13 @ 1:37 pm

Go for two if we score. Need that missed PAT back.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 1:38 pm


nah that bullshit don’t fly

vinopal can be and should be blamed because if he could tackle or be in position the scores wouldn’t have happened not anyone else’s fault but his

Comment by deepelemblues 09.21.13 @ 1:38 pm

Two things. Savage can throw!! And these refs are
Atrocious. 8 PI’s not called today

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 1:39 pm


Comment by Justinian 09.21.13 @ 1:39 pm

I feel a little better with a 16 point lead. Just a little.

When was the last time Pitt had a pair of receivers like this? Boyd + Street = Awesome

Comment by Panther Pride 09.21.13 @ 1:39 pm

I vote for starting a second thread.

This is taking time to reload.

Comment by 17YearsAtPitt 09.21.13 @ 1:39 pm

Really impressed by Savage’s accuracy today. Gotta hand it to Chryst on that one, huge pickup for Pitt.

Now lets see another 3 and out.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:39 pm

agree on 2nd thread.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:40 pm

again, where was the pass rush, where was his help, sorry, i can’t put the blame all on him.

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 1:40 pm

Only problem, not enough time off the clock

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 1:41 pm

Street was interfered with by a guy who didn’t even attempt to look back…..but he still made the touchdown catch!

Comment by Justinian 09.21.13 @ 1:41 pm


Comment by deepelemblues 09.21.13 @ 1:41 pm

Are we playing mostly freshman / backups on special team. WHY are they so bad. Not sure if they would have made the play even if they hadn’t been held.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:41 pm

C’mon d-line. Beat them.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:42 pm

We need a kickoff specialist. Blewitt’s kicks are not long enough or high enough. Return man caught it in the endzone, didn’t get touched till he was at the 12.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 09.21.13 @ 1:43 pm

that’s a ridiculous spot

Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 1:44 pm

are you kidding me

these refs have been giving duke 3/4 to a whole yard on every spot

no way that was a first down he didnt even get to the 17 and a half let alone the 18

Comment by deepelemblues 09.21.13 @ 1:45 pm

and they gave him to the 19

Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 1:45 pm

Yea blues these are some southern zebras. Nice to see the D stiffened a little though in spite of it all.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:46 pm

I think Pitts getting dinged on that return in the first half made Chryst realize that he can’t have his star players back there with bullseyes on them.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 09.21.13 @ 1:48 pm

Saved by that penalty on the kick return. 2 stops in a row. Did House adjust or is Duke outsmarting itself?

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 1:48 pm

What kind of records would Street have set playing with Savage for four years?

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 1:49 pm


Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 1:51 pm

think we should of ran there….

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 1:52 pm

If it wasn’t for Matt Galambos every return would be a TD. Kid is a player.

For the record I’d have pounded it with Connor on 3rd and 3, though It’s tough to nitpick when you have 44 pts.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:52 pm

Our entire punt team is white. Im guessing 85% are back ups

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 1:52 pm

Ok, hopefully that is one of Savage’s two bad decisions. Holtz was wide open for easy first down.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 09.21.13 @ 1:52 pm

Imagine how many Larry would have set if he didnt go pro

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 1:54 pm

Nice pressure on that play from THomas. These announcers are so pro Duke it is making me sick. K’wuan did’t even come close to grabbing crowder’s jersey.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:55 pm

UPittbaseball, I don’t agree with retiring Fitzgerald’s number. He abandoned us in his senior year.

Dorsett played 4 years – so did Hugh Green.

Comment by 17YearsAtPitt 09.21.13 @ 1:56 pm

YEA!!!! Todd thomas sniffs out that fake and totally blows it up. Hail to Pitt!!!

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:56 pm

All Todd Thomas

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 1:57 pm

Todd Thomas LOVES blowing up a fake punt.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 09.21.13 @ 1:57 pm

Garner is pretty athletic. Need to get him the ball a little more.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:58 pm

So the one thing the specials have done well is snuff out fake punts!

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 1:58 pm

Just me or does Connor look a little winded?

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 1:58 pm

Pitt smelled fake. Cant believe Duke still tried it

Comment by Pap76 09.21.13 @ 1:59 pm

That’s a little unfair. If Marino, Dorsett, Greene, etc. had played in today’s era, NONE of them would have played four years for Pitt and probably would have abandoned us their sophomore or junior years.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 09.21.13 @ 2:00 pm

… and Marino and Froelich ..

Comment by 17YearsAtPitt 09.21.13 @ 2:00 pm

Still can’t stop that corner blitz. Don’t turn the ball over here boys, I’ll take field goal.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:00 pm

Or an Orndoff TD. HTP.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:01 pm

Savage needs to look off his receiver

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 2:01 pm


yeah, looks a little tired..

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 2:02 pm

Announcer just said nice job by Savage looking off the safety. Maybe he’s learning.

Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 2:02 pm

lol…@ GC

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:03 pm

Savage making a run at Peyton Manning’s week one fantasy numbers.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 09.21.13 @ 2:03 pm

Whoops, here we go again

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 2:04 pm

ohhh Linebacker covering a receiver and now a TD by Duke. ugly. ugly. ugly.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:04 pm

My god our D is horrid. Get house out of here!

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:04 pm

This is in f n believable. How do u give up a 75 yd TD’S while in prevevt

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 2:04 pm


Comment by Mailman 09.21.13 @ 2:05 pm

That was on Vinopal again. He was too shallow in his zone.

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 2:05 pm

I don’ think that was prevent. Safeties were way up at the line.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:05 pm

How can u have not 1 but 2 LBs covering a WR?

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:05 pm

Thought we needed 50. 50 not enough need
60. Hate our lousy defense. Long season
ahead. Better get a W today.

Comment by JR 09.21.13 @ 2:06 pm

again, there’s 10 others out there. where was the pressure or his help?

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 2:07 pm

That was just a great play execution. Slot receiver against LB. Great downfield blocking by the WR.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 09.21.13 @ 2:07 pm

I’m telling you basketball score.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:07 pm

Also Conner out of gas needs a rest.

Comment by JR 09.21.13 @ 2:07 pm

Emel could beat Weatherspoon in a 40 yard dash yet the kid is running back kicks.

Boyd dont get hurt.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:08 pm

Noticed several hits and pushes out-of-bounds. Refs don’t call ’em.

Comment by 17YearsAtPitt 09.21.13 @ 2:08 pm

haha you gotta love spoon. kid tries hard.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:09 pm

Savage just a little off! Ouch that was a huge opportunity missed.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:11 pm

First missed pass by Savage

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 2:11 pm

D has to step up and make a stop on this drive!

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:11 pm

Stay positive Upitt

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 2:12 pm

Yea, D needs to rise up.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:12 pm

When you score 50 by the 3rd quarter and arent confident you are gonna win you have a DC problem.

Punt almost blocked. Special teams are gross

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:12 pm

Soon to be a 9 pt game. House schemes are awful. Highschoolish !

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 2:13 pm

CBs r playing way off like they were doing against FSU. Lets see if Duke starts throwing quicks to the slot.

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:13 pm

Gc. Trying Boss!

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:13 pm

But our O is looking great!

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:15 pm

Commercial Break – i love Auburn getting 17. Gus always plays LSU tight!

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:15 pm

Need a stop for my blood pressure

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 2:16 pm

Hits out of bounds not called. Big hold in the backfield on the 75 yard TD pass not called. ACC refs are worse than old Big East refs. But Vinopal is a real liability on defense.

My dad is rehabbing from knee replacement surgery. He’s a great DB and still has 4 years of eligibility left. He said he can still cover better than Vinopal so he’s applying to Pitt. He wants to wear his age as his number but Weatherspoon has it.

Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 2:16 pm

O gets a 9.9 out of 10

D gets a 3.0 out of 10

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:16 pm

No pass rush, great catch

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 2:17 pm

That was just a great pass there

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:17 pm

Our DB’s were so good when House coached them. Now our entire defense is bad. Terrible hire. Terrible cheapness by Pitt. I hate this administration. Assuming that’s what it is.

Vinopal torched again…

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:17 pm

Ok where was the coverage there?

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:17 pm

Please get Vinopal off the field.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:18 pm

Gosh our Defense is Atrocious. Would of scored but kid fell. Pitts stinks.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:19 pm

These announcers r tools

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:19 pm

Like a hot knife thru butter as Duke matriculates easily into Pitts end zone. This is disgraceful and we are going to lose by a point

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 2:19 pm

Need a nice 10 minute drive

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 2:20 pm

We really need to bring in another DC and some real defensive talent.

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:20 pm

Sad to say but the goal of the 4th qtr is going to be “stay in bounds and keep the clock moving”. Think they will try an on-sides kick?

Comment by CalvinHobbes 09.21.13 @ 2:20 pm

Is Vinopal Pitt’s only option at safety? He’s just horrible.

Comment by PatMac 09.21.13 @ 2:21 pm

Change that D gets 1.9 out of 10

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:21 pm


Can’t wait until House explains this debacle
House is being exploited by Duke’s OC

Can we get a package deal for House
and Haley????

Comment by JR 09.21.13 @ 2:22 pm

Say it ain’t so Dan

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 2:22 pm

No not yet but Pitt will need to continue to attack. Don’t go into conservative mode. It never works.

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:22 pm

Id put a 86 year old man in a rascal with 1 arm in for Vinopal. No BS!!!!

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:23 pm

Pass defense is horrible, still anyone’s game

Comment by Why ask why??? 09.21.13 @ 2:23 pm

Not the time to throw it up for grabs

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 2:23 pm

I can only imagine how many points UNC, Ga Tech, Miami, and even Syracuse will score on this D.

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 2:23 pm

Duke QB has done a decent job of looking at the whole field, pump faking, and not looking at his intended receiver… He’s a decent runner as well. Pitt is going to need another couple of scores to win.

Comment by Rockymtnhigh 09.21.13 @ 2:24 pm

Oh crap!

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:25 pm

…and a 3 and out

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 2:25 pm

Conner definitely #1, hope he has something left.

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 2:25 pm

Got a bad feeling. this is a joke…

Comment by Pap76 09.21.13 @ 2:25 pm

We’re going to lose. We needed a score there. Hoping and praying the D steps up.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:25 pm

Maybe the rain can slow down the Duke offense better than the Pitt D.

Comment by gdodson 09.21.13 @ 2:25 pm

Ive seen more fans at a Under 12 soccer game. This is a disaster in the making. Captain Conservative calling plays

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:26 pm

Need a turnover on this series…

Comment by Rockymtnhigh 09.21.13 @ 2:26 pm

Worst possible time for aPitt 3 and out. Pitt is now playing down to the competition. Soon to be a 3 point game. I now loathe House!

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 2:27 pm

When we really needed a sustained drive we couldn’t get it. This team is, for the most part, better than last year’s but there is still a long way to go.

Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 2:27 pm

The D really needs to step up here.

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:27 pm


Tino would love to play against our D. The
ultimate insult

Comment by JR 09.21.13 @ 2:27 pm

Zero urgency. Im a Duke TD away from Same Old Pitt message. Please get a stop or TUrn over.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:28 pm

And now Duke has to cover only half the field.

Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 2:28 pm

Can Pitt actually play man?

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 2:28 pm

Please FIRE House!

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:29 pm

Nice job running Huxtable off coach.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:29 pm

Mommy I’m scared! On a serious note did Wisconsin when PC was there have a good D?

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:30 pm

Adda boy!!!!

Comment by Rockymtnhigh 09.21.13 @ 2:31 pm


Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:31 pm


Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 2:31 pm

Got a gift from the Duke QB! Thank you!!!!

Comment by Mailman 09.21.13 @ 2:31 pm

Wow that was needed!

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:31 pm

Change the momentum right here boys… Chew some clock and get a score.

Comment by Rockymtnhigh 09.21.13 @ 2:31 pm

O-Line needs to step up and mash these southern boys. Need a couple first downs to chew clock.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:31 pm

huge 3rd down

Comment by Pap76 09.21.13 @ 2:32 pm

12:26 drive needed now pitt.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:32 pm

Hey Paul Chrsyt – this is not time for conservative play calls.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:33 pm

Crapping. The bed on offense now

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 2:33 pm

Huge pick. 3 and out!

Comment by Pap76 09.21.13 @ 2:33 pm

Connor has a empty tank. Get him out

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:33 pm

Can’t fall back to conservative play calling. Never works!

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:33 pm

holding my breath on return

Comment by Pap76 09.21.13 @ 2:34 pm

Nothing’s easy with this team

Comment by Why ask why??? 09.21.13 @ 2:34 pm

Conservative Bullshit

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:34 pm

You got to want to win here. Step up. Make a play.

Comment by Rockymtnhigh 09.21.13 @ 2:34 pm

ahhh fuck. I hope that’s a hold.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:35 pm


Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:35 pm

Yep, that was a hold.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:36 pm

Glad we are saving money so Donna, EJ and Smug Steve can get a bonus on not having a special teams coach.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:36 pm

77 duke nice tackle!

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:36 pm

Agree Rocky. Gotta want it more. Step up D!

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:36 pm

Can you fire a coach during a fucking game? I would tell that asshole House to walk home or to bojangles. Id give him a quarter to call home.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:37 pm


Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:37 pm


Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:37 pm

That’s what I’m talking about!!

Comment by Rockymtnhigh 09.21.13 @ 2:37 pm

thank god

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 2:38 pm

4 picks today. None bigger! D still awful

Comment by Pap76 09.21.13 @ 2:38 pm

Another gift! That SHOULD do it. Hopefully.

Comment by Mailman 09.21.13 @ 2:38 pm

Well at least the D knows they have to play 60 minutes. And that they need some redemption for their mediocre play for most of the day.

Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 2:38 pm

Speedy Gonzalez

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 2:38 pm

Without a backup qb throwing 4 picks we would be up shit creek against Duke.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:40 pm

The sad thing is that I still don’t feel safe even with a 17 point lead.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:40 pm

it’s nice to see Gonzales can still run with the ball. BIG, BIG PLAY!

Comment by Juatinian 09.21.13 @ 2:40 pm

Man, Gonzalez sure has taken to the weight room.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 09.21.13 @ 2:40 pm

To bad Gonzalez didn’t hurt vinopal on the celebration. Maybe House fell out of the coaches box? Lol

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:40 pm

Does anyone think that Duke stadium is eerily similar to old Pitt Stadium?

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 2:41 pm

VT in double overtime against Marshall!

Comment by Shawn 09.21.13 @ 2:41 pm

house is at the game?? i though he was back in lebo calling the defense>>

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 2:42 pm

this offense is pretty high-octane

Comment by usd121 09.21.13 @ 2:44 pm

House should be fired after this game or fired while
the game is still on.

Comment by FRANKCAN 09.21.13 @ 2:44 pm

Layfayette Pitts way off his game today.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:44 pm

Up by 17. 6 minutes left. Duke driving. Pitt should win this one, but unfortunately, it’s not a sure thing.

Comment by Rockymtnhigh 09.21.13 @ 2:45 pm

Demote House to special teams coach. Hire a real DC.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:45 pm

Ouch. 10 point game.

Comment by Rockymtnhigh 09.21.13 @ 2:46 pm


Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 2:47 pm

Basketball score

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 2:47 pm

Basketball score

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 2:47 pm

Alright offense. We just need one, gut busting, ground pounding, 5 minute drive. Man the $%#^ up.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:47 pm

It’s almost impossible to be this bad on defense. Here comes the on sides kick. This one far from over.

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 2:47 pm

You’ve gotta be f*****g kidding me…

Comment by SteveS 09.21.13 @ 2:47 pm




Comment by Juatinian 09.21.13 @ 2:48 pm

Whew- close one. What is Vinopal doing on the hands team?

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:49 pm

And Vinopal almost cost us on the onside kick. Now I’m starting to feel bad for the kid.

Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 2:49 pm

I don’t know much about defensive schemes. I don’t see much pressure on the QB. Most plays we come with 4 down linemen and 3 backers. I guess that would be our base defensive… Just frustrating…

Comment by Rockymtnhigh 09.21.13 @ 2:49 pm

I’d even take Wanny

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 2:50 pm

Making Duke look like Oregon. Embarrassing. Here comes run run run fg compliments of chryst

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 2:50 pm

Pitt’s defensive scheme has been non-existent this entire game. House needs to go. Pitt has talent on the defensive side.

Comment by PatMac 09.21.13 @ 2:50 pm

I think Vinopal was only supposed to absorb hits not touch the ball but Duke’s kicker identified the weak link.

Comment by Pitt Dad 09.21.13 @ 2:51 pm

Duke is obviously clogging the middle. How about an edge run? How about another long play action pass? WTF.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:51 pm

615 yards of offense, 4 INTs and still I can’t relax. Pitt’s D is a wet paper bag. I’m generally a sensible, pragmatic fan, but I am calling for changes, starting when that clock hits 0:00. Vinopal, the DEs, the LBs, all of their jobs should be in question.

And somebody needs to help House. Is there a retired high school Def coordinator anywhere in Western Pa looking for a diversion? You’re hired (but just so you know the job doesn’t pay well…ok it doesn’t pay at all).

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 2:51 pm

We are going to lose. Duke D is stepping up. We are falling down. This is painful to watch.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:52 pm

Kick it out of bounds

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 2:52 pm

Bennett is not the answer. Need another
RB badly.

Comment by JR 09.21.13 @ 2:52 pm

I feel just last night when the Pirates lost a heartbreaker.

Comment by 17YearsAtPitt 09.21.13 @ 2:53 pm


Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:53 pm

My God

Comment by Pap76 09.21.13 @ 2:53 pm

I’m going to puke.

Comment by Mailman 09.21.13 @ 2:53 pm

Same old Pitt?

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 2:53 pm

Hate to say we don’t deserve to win.

Comment by JR 09.21.13 @ 2:53 pm

Special teams again. We are going to lose this game

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 2:53 pm

Pitt is definitely gonna lose this game

Comment by Pap76 09.21.13 @ 2:54 pm

Offense has been way too conservative in the 4th. You can’t run time off the clock if you go three-and-out everytime. Put the f-ing pedal down and close this one out! It’s like Wanny is back in there again playing not to lose. If we don’t go back to what was working before and move the ball, we are going to lose this.

Comment by SteveS 09.21.13 @ 2:54 pm

Run clock run

Comment by gc 09.21.13 @ 2:55 pm

One can’t say we didn’t do all we could to lose the game.

Comment by de-fense? 09.21.13 @ 2:56 pm

This is going to be ruled a touchdown. Jesus $%%$#$ Christ.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:56 pm

I am so angry I could cry!

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 2:56 pm

its time to drop to fcs..

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 2:56 pm

I mean I hate to claim exceptional ism, but does this shit happen with as much regularity to any other program???? I’m ready to storm the athletic department office.

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 2:57 pm

Iron Duke you hit the nail on the head. THis happens every freaking year. EVERY year.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:58 pm

This is sickening. Way to kill a buzz for homecoming and morning madness

Comment by Pap76 09.21.13 @ 2:59 pm

Vinopal makes a play!!!!

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 2:59 pm

It’s like we are cursed!!

Comment by Why ask why??? 09.21.13 @ 3:00 pm

Enjoy the pain, people.

Whenever there is such great incompetence (defense, special teams, offensive play-calling in the second half), there must also be humor.

Comment by de-fense? 09.21.13 @ 3:00 pm

face it, a game between 2 loser programs

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 3:00 pm

I’d even take Tom Bradley as D Cordinator.

Comment by Pitt Flunky 09.21.13 @ 3:01 pm

Can’t let D back out there in a one possession game. No time outs for Duke

Comment by Pap76 09.21.13 @ 3:01 pm

Why do we continue to run at the middle? Lets see something outside.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 3:01 pm

this is chryst fult for hireing house .
house must go if you dont think so you are nuts
if chryst does not think so he is nuts you kool
aid drinkers must think so to or you are nuts
i am so mad i could chew nails you should be to.

Comment by FRANKCAN 09.21.13 @ 3:02 pm

Not sure why Chryst doesn’t understand that Pitt needs to score here.

Comment by Iron Duke 09.21.13 @ 3:02 pm

Wow if they run it up the middle a 3rd straight time, I’m going to be pretty upset. :(

Comment by burntout66 09.21.13 @ 3:03 pm

Pitt is trying no to lose… I’d rather try to win.

Comment by Rockymtnhigh 09.21.13 @ 3:03 pm

Playing not to lose. This 3rd down is HUGE

Comment by Pap76 09.21.13 @ 3:03 pm

Run it up the middle…then, back for a safety on the punt?!

Comment by de-fense? 09.21.13 @ 3:04 pm

Are they even TRYING to make a first down?

Comment by SteveS 09.21.13 @ 3:04 pm

SPOOOOON! Again with a HUGE 3rd down catch.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 3:04 pm

Yes!! I’m scared of giving Duke the ball back!

Comment by Rockymtnhigh 09.21.13 @ 3:04 pm


Comment by Pap76 09.21.13 @ 3:05 pm


Comment by SteveS 09.21.13 @ 3:05 pm

There, everyone. House was just point-shaving.

Comment by de-fense? 09.21.13 @ 3:05 pm

The hero of this game is Witherspoon Not a lot of flash but runs perfect routes. Thank you so much Clairton

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 3:05 pm

Was that a victory kneel? I think we just won. There is a God.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 3:06 pm

thank god this is national televised so we can see how good we are … two horrible teams.

Comment by artj 09.21.13 @ 3:06 pm

Not going to cover. This is a joke.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 3:06 pm

Never will take Pitt to win again ever in my life.

Comment by Upittbaseball 09.21.13 @ 3:07 pm

It this what WVU went through last year with their D? Good god this is ridiculous

Comment by artj 09.21.13 @ 3:07 pm

Good thing I took the over at 101.5…..

Comment by pghFred 09.21.13 @ 3:07 pm

Agree Dan 72.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 3:07 pm

Two thoughts:
Same old Pitt and……

We had em all the way

Comment by Dan 72 09.21.13 @ 3:07 pm

W-Spoon & Savage.

Comment by 17YearsAtPitt 09.21.13 @ 3:08 pm

Wow! Our D needs some work.


Comment by MariettaMike 09.21.13 @ 3:08 pm

I will also add that Savage put that throw right on the money. Very clutch.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 09.21.13 @ 3:08 pm

a win is not a win, this performance on the defensive side is ridiculous.

Comment by goalie44 09.21.13 @ 3:08 pm

Upittbaseball, this is our DC House’s way of teaching you not to gamble.

Comment by de-fense? 09.21.13 @ 3:08 pm

161 points, 1732 yards in 4 games.

That’s what House has on tape as a DC.

Comment by ECH 09.21.13 @ 3:10 pm

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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