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November 10, 2013

Ray Vinopal: The Hero

Filed under: Coaches,Football,Opponent(s),Players — Justin @ 2:00 am

Down 21-6 after a two yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, things didn’t look too bright for Pitt. Then, an eight play drive was capped off by a 26 yard touchdown throw and suddenly it was a one score game. That touchdown was the catalyst to a come from behind victory, one that was finalized with an 18 yard field goal as time expired. The win kept Pitt alive in the race for the conference title. Of course that wasn’t yesterdays Pitt-Notre Dame game. It was Pitt vs UConn on October 10th, 2009. Why is this relevant? It was the last time Pitt won a game they were trailing at half time.

Savor that for a second. It feels good, doesn’t it? It’s like a cold beer after a great day. 

I’m not sure which is crazier: this was the first come from behind win in over four years or that Ray Vinopal was the hero. Don’t get me wrong, Vinopal got burned twice, but he’s a safety in man coverage, that’s not ideal for his skill set. I don’t blame him entirely for the TJ Jones touchdown because Vinopal should never be 1 on 1 with a WR as talented as Jones. Still, he made three game changing plays and was responsible for a 21 point turnaround in the game. He prevented two touchdowns and created another one. The offense was okay, but without Vinopal they’re never in a position to take the lead. My hats off to Ray because the fans have given him a lot of their angst the past two seasons and it’s great to see him come up huge.

The other real difference in the game was the return of the deep ball. Only one connected (63 yard touchdown to Street) but the threat of it forced Notre Dame to play defense differently, which opened up the middle of the field a lot more. On the drive that tied it up 14-14 in the 3rd quarter, it was all running and a pass interference call on a deep pass that led to the score. On that drive, RBs had 8 carries for 32 yards, two of which were for first downs. With the threat of the deep ball, the running game moved better and Savage got a lot better as the game went on at small ball.

Offensive play-calling was much better as the game went on as well. My big complaint is that the running game tends to vanish for long stretches of time but it came back in the second half and you can see the results. I said in my Know Your Enemy column “If the offense wants to score (without short fields caused by turnovers or special teams) they’ll have to be methodical, something they have not done all season.” Touchdown drives of 13 and 10 are just that. Add in a short field off of a turnover and an incredible play by Devin Street and you get a very respectable day on the scoreboard.

Overall, enjoy the win. I certainly didn’t see it coming, but I’m ecstatic to be wrong. The atmosphere was incredible; the crowd in the fourth quarter on key defensive plays was incredible. I know crowd noise caused a timeout and a false start and it certainly affected Notre Dame’s offense in other, more subtle ways. With close to 50 recruits there for the game, including key targets like Alex Bookser, Montae Nicholson, Rasaan Stewart, Sterling Jenkins (2015), Jordan Whitehead (2015), and Tyrone Wheatley (2015) it’s safe to say this win may go beyond the football field.

Oh, and one more thing…





The video is the safe for work version, Palko’s F bomb is blocked.

Comment by Justin 11.10.13 @ 2:11 am

You go Ray!

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.10.13 @ 2:18 am

Hey. Justin still up here partying. I think having a healthy O line was huge and it looks like Conner has his legs back. Still SavAge was THE man. Stood Tall tonight and you are right. Tino could not sniff his jockstrap! Talent or leadership wise

Comment by Dan 72 11.10.13 @ 2:28 am

I believe this win is a bell weather win for Pitt’s football program under Paul Chryst. Pitt’s program will stabilize and get better. That said, does Pitt win out? Probably not but this win will stay with these players for a long time.

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by MariettaMike 11.10.13 @ 3:17 am

Just got home from the game. Great win. Went to the game last year in South Bend so this win is especially sweet for me. Kudos to the whole team but especially the defense. Maybe Coach House is getting it figured out.

HTP!!!

Comment by Jeff in CPa 11.10.13 @ 3:45 am

great win i am on top of the world i did not think
we would do it but glad we did.
the kids played hard we need one more can we go 6 and 6.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.10.13 @ 5:46 am

pitt blather site is not working as it should
had to go to your ewitter site to get on.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.10.13 @ 5:55 am

I got on fine.

Comment by panther94 11.10.13 @ 5:56 am

Let’s hope Pitt uses this game as a spring board and the momentum carries them to 7 or 8 wins. Miami looks beatable but NC is now looking like a tougher game. We should beat the Orange unless it’s the same ole Pitt. Bring on Shreveport. I’ll be there.

Comment by TX Panther 11.10.13 @ 7:33 am

I feel so blessed.

I was at the 1970 WVU come-from-behind-in the-second-half victory.

And I was in the stands last night.

The energy, the passion, the student’s and crowd’s enthusiasm were beautiful, just beautiful.

I expect the next time Pitt plays Penn State will be a similar experience.

By the way, I was watching the ESPN College Football Review program. Lou Holtz, Mark May and some other guy were commenting on Saturday’s games.

Holtz was looking glum and when asked about it he said something like “when Notre Dame loses, it’s bad for college football.”

What an asinine thing to say!

Comment by 17YearsAtPitt 11.10.13 @ 7:41 am

Let me think. Steeler game or Pitt Panther TV with the replay.

Comment by alcofan 11.10.13 @ 7:49 am

Great win. Please, guys, whatever happens next, don’t dump on Tom Savage.

Comment by steve1 11.10.13 @ 8:18 am

Great win! The Panthers hung in there and played a terrific 2nd half. I’m still pissed off about last year’s game and the 4th and 9 Phantom Interference call that enabled Notre Dame to win last year. Payback is a bitch!

HAIL TO PITT!

Comment by Justinian 11.10.13 @ 8:22 am

Justin, Thank you for including Tyler Palko’s F-bomb interview after that memorable Pitt victory over Notre Dame. It was a nice touch.

Comment by Justinian 11.10.13 @ 8:27 am

One more thing, Pitt won’t be playing Notre Dame on a yearly basis with the move to ACC. So we won’t be playing very often anymore. I’m sure Notre Dame won’t miss the tough play the Pitt Panthers have given them. Nice to finish up with a win.

Comment by Justinian 11.10.13 @ 8:40 am

Justin, Justin, you’re soooo young!

It’s so much easier to be a better play caller when you’re able to run the ball. To me, that was one of the 2 keys of the game … the other being the 2 interecptions by RP

Comment by guest 11.10.13 @ 8:51 am

Aside from his stronger arm, The ND QB reminds me very much of a certain Sir Tino. Poor decision making, just plain bad throws. Makes me all the happier.

Comment by Carmen 11.10.13 @ 9:11 am

Free advice to HCPC: Circle the date, preach until your hoarse that the NC game is a must win. Let’s get that important obstacle out of the road early.

Because we sure don’t wanna hafta beat ‘Cuse on the road in order to avoid having to beat Miami in Game 12 to become bowl eligible.

Comment by Imma Man! Im 40! 11.10.13 @ 9:18 am

The game, the fans, the event all remind me of the last game at Pitt stadium against N.D. Hope the fans support the same way for remaining home games and team plays this way.H2P

Comment by Pitt 60 11.10.13 @ 9:19 am

Great victory. It will be nice to go through the week with a good feeling about Pitt football.

The students & fans really showed up in the 2’nd half.

Comment by PITT-cocks fan 11.10.13 @ 9:40 am

Holtz said that? He should be fired.

So, someone tell me whether a bunch of students actually left after Sweet Caroline. The stands sure looked packed and the kids appeared to be making lots of noise at their end of the stadium.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 11.10.13 @ 9:40 am

Imma Man:
Couldn’t agree more. Remember the last game played at Pitt Stadium? Pitt stunned ND in 1999 then, only needing one win to get a bowl bid, feel flat in Morgantown and got plastered by the Hoopies.

Can’t let NC get one over.

Comment by TonyinHouston 11.10.13 @ 9:43 am

= I really love reading the Blather game threads the morning after. Every single time is goes from bad to OK to bad again to “I can’t believe we won that game”. Really fun to read.

= Savage played a good game once he got going after the half and Conner was tough when it counted. Sunseri would not have made that pass to Street at the high point.

It’s taken nine games but Savage is playing good football now – even if, for some strange reason, his deep game has fallen off. I thought that would be his strength all year but for some reason he’s either overthrowing or underthrowing those plays.

Buy, his accuracy on the shorter passes has been getting better and I believe he’s finally getting the ball out quicker by not looking deep the whole play. That lack of hesitancy has allowed cut down on his INTs which is huge. One INT in the last five games is something I didn’t think I’d see from Savage at all this season. It isn’t that the OL playing that much better now than before for the passing success, it is more of Savage not holding the ball too long.

Noted above was his penchant for throwing to the wrong shoulder of the receivers and he has been doing that – but notice that the one time he hit Street in stride we got 40 YAC for that long TD. That was a normal intermediate crossing pattern that was perfectly executed by both the QB and the WR.

Boy, if we can start getting more YAC then before we’ll be in much better shape then having the WR have to stop and even go down to his knees for the ball as Boyd did that time he was open. That Street pass for the 63 yards is what Savage needs to do more of.

For whatever good reasons he’s sure playing well enough to win ballgames from the QB position and that is what we have needed all year (or for the last three truthfully!). It’s nice to finally have gotten it. If he keeps playing this mistake free ball, and incomplete passes are not really ‘mistakes’ in this sense IMO, then I think we can take at least two out of remaining three to close out the year.

= Vinopal played pretty well in pass defense even taking away those two INTs. His run support has suffered all year though.

= Looking at the box score and seeing we gave up 451 yards might not seem like we played defense very well but when a unit holds the other team to a 13 minute deficit in Time of Possession and only 21 points then they did a good job. Wow… 13 minutes is a very big margin for our offense to work with and it showed in the ability to comeback and make sustained drives.

The defense is playing well enough over the last six games for us to win on that strength. In that span we have given up an average of 17 ppg which is excellent. Tonight the offense caught up to that and thus the good result.

= I think both the OC and the DC called pretty good games last night. Fans complain about the ‘deep’ handoffs to our RBs when but you run a play action offense, which we do, then the QB & backfield motions have to be the same on every play. The ‘deep’ handoff is part of that and Savage did it well last night.

Combined with the fact that our OL is big and slow, and will be in the future, that handoff gives the play time to develop. Chryst had the same offensive approach at UW.

= It’s hard to look at the remaining three games and say ‘Our offense is good enough to take those teams’ because we have been really inconsistent on offense. But, when the passing game clicks I think we can play with anyone on the schedule. Last night out run game pretty much stunk again save Connor’s two TDs but Savage and the WRs pulled it out.

Comment by Reed 11.10.13 @ 9:45 am

Still riding the adrenaline. Everything’s better when you beat the Irish.

Comment by AJMayo 11.10.13 @ 9:45 am

What a beautiful game! Hats off to the fans, especially the student section for being loud and crazy! A couple of thoughts:

– Savage was excellent. Missed some throws, sure, but showed great guts, leadership and even escapability at some important times.

– Good playcalling. Quick throws, utilized the TEs more, not as many slow developing runs.

– AD was double, even triple teamed at times last night. He kept fighting. Dude is a beast.

– I thought Todd Thomas played well if pass coverage in the second half. Gonzo obviously with a great play to seal the game. I’m a little surprised the LBs couldn’t make more plays, especially with AD double/triple teamed. Just an observation but obviously I’m thrilled.

– It can’t be said enough, much credit to Vinopal! His limitations can be frustrating but the kid always plays hard and tonight he made huge plays. Very happy for him.

Comment by JAM 05 Pitt 11.10.13 @ 9:48 am

Penn State loses loses big to Minnesota…
West Virginia loses heart-breaker to Texas and potentially their season in the toilet…
Pitt beats Notre Dame at home…Priceless!

WHAT A SATURDAY!!!

HAIL TO PITT

Comment by PITT it IS 11.10.13 @ 10:03 am

This game completely demonstrated to the recruits in attendance what a Pitt game day experience CAN be when you put the team effort out there giving your fans something to cheer for. Come to aPitt boys. You’ll play early if you’re good enough and that the truth, cause Chryst plays the guys who earn it in practice.

I’m wondering if Devon He eh is regretting going to the WVU vs TX game instead of sticking around home to enjoy the Pitt win. Hanging out with the Hoopies after another loss in OT in the Big 12 must have been fun for him though. Get your butt to Pitt my friend. Some more Pitt history is waiting to be made, come be part of it!! H2P!!!

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.10.13 @ 10:17 am

How big was this win? Think about how dark things would have been had it gone the other way. The game shed a little light on the year and the direction of the program. A win against a ranked team on national TV. A Team announcers (debatable), the lovely Heather Cox and most importantly all those recruits in attendance. Beating the Icon that is Notre Dame. Giving them a taste of their own medicine. It sure tastes and feels good.

Next week could be even more important to the year and the program. North Carolina started poorly, but is now playing very well. They could be our future rival in two sports. It would be our first big win against an ACC foe, would send us to a bowl and say we are on our way back.

We need a big crowd to show up on Saturday to show the team yesterday mattered. By the way, for a sell out, why did I see large sections of the stadium empty yesterday, endzone and upper deck?

Hendricks played a great game yesterday too. Where has he been all year? Nice to have him back. Thomas also had his usual very solid game. Render is coming on strong as well.

Savage played his best game as a Panther, maybe not perfect but damn close. Great to have the real Mr. Conner back, a real difference maker. Bennett had a good game as well, a draw play that worked.

I hope this game gives them the confidence to finish strong, especially Savage.

One more thing, the O-line played well, even though Mushmouth had to keep reminding us how depleted the poor Irish were. It was so sad that their best lineman was thrown out, he really didn’t mean to spear our QB.

No mention of our guys that were injured. Boyd played great even after he got dinged, hope he is OK for next week.

NC travels well, hope Pitt Fans show up.

Comment by gc 11.10.13 @ 10:19 am

He eh = Henry

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.10.13 @ 10:19 am

Love to make Lou Holtz cry.

Comment by gc 11.10.13 @ 10:27 am

I had little hope of a Pitt victory, and thus watched the Penguins lose to St. Louis – a city I am growing to dislike due to the emergent MLB rivalry.

Nevertheless, any win over Notre Dame is a great win – and, as a Catholic, I would rather my sons go to Pitt over Notre Dame any day.

Comment by Penguins Fan 11.10.13 @ 10:29 am

Great game all around. Better on 3rd down stops. ND didn’t have many long drives. I hope this means that the program is turning the corner. On s different note; we talk about attendance, did you see Florida’s crowd vs Candy? If you don’t win the fans don’t show up. It even happens on the SEC.

Comment by Pittastic 11.10.13 @ 10:30 am

This game, and the season actually, has showen me that we have a pretty good nucleus of young FR & SO players who will produce for us over the next few years.

FRs Boyd, Orndoff, Parrish, Conner, Ibrahim, Biz, Johnson, Gabe Roberts, Blewitt, Titus Howard, Galambos, Soto, Bradley, etc. are all getting good playing time and will be key contributors next season.

Throw in the current starters and two-deep players who are SOs: Holtz, Render, Rowell, Pitts, Grigsby, Cook and Price and we’ll have some good depth next year to complement our returning upperclassmen.

Render will be a good one on the DL. He’s played well in his spot duties so far and he’ll be a starter next year. We need to get some DEs to step up in 2014 though. That position hasn’t really contributed much. Soto will be there I’m sure and Ejuan Price.

For as much heat as Chryst has been taking for the fans, and last night’s win helps with that, we have played seven Top 25 ranked teams while he’s been HC and have gone 3-4. Last season’s ND triple OT loss could easily have gone the other way also so it isn’t as if he can’t play competitively with and beat some of the better teams on our schedules.

I think the future is pretty bright with all the above and given that there were a ton of high value recruiting targets at last night’s game we’ll probably end this 2014 recruiting season strong.

Comment by Reed 11.10.13 @ 10:30 am

Aaron Donald may not stand out on the Stat sheet, but he took on two or three guys on every play.

He deserves a game ball, very happy he got this win.

Comment by gc 11.10.13 @ 10:31 am

Savage played his best game of the year, beating ND is better than throwing 10 TD’s against Duke. If he was just a little better this offence would be dangerous. Having said that all credit has to go to HCPC and his staff, after VT game the coaching staff new they had to force TS to play differently than what he was used to. It has been a little painful but with 3 games left if this offence continues to improve they could win them all.

Great game to watch congrats to all the players and staff this one felt great and will be the first of many big ones to come!! H2P!!!!!!

Comment by Steve h 11.10.13 @ 10:33 am

@@@@@@@

Aaron Donald was a beast doubled teamed all night.

Happy for Vinopal….2 picks and created a fumble.

ND over rated but team stocked with 4 and 5 star recruits as
usaul.

Great crowd…..proving the atmosphere at Heinz Field can be
Exciting. It is all about the product on the field.

Let’s. Build on this with a W next Saturday!

Comment by JR 11.10.13 @ 10:41 am

The highs and lows of being a Pitt Fan.

Enjoy the High!

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by gc 11.10.13 @ 10:48 am

Pittastic – good point about attendance. I live in Florida now and in 2006, 2007 when FSU wasn’t potential National Champs FSU, their attendance would struggle. I’ve been to many FSU games during that time against teams like Wake, NC State, etc. and there would be 55k there maybe.

I have co-workers who are UF grads/fans and because they are struggling this year they bitch and moan and decide not to go to the games (just like Pittastic said re the Vandy game yesterday) so it happens everywhere.

Rain in Miami last night but that stadium was EMPTY. And the U was the #11 team in the country (obviously they will slide because they lost). Even while Miami was undefeated earlier this year they had about 25k against Wake. I don’t care what the announced attendance was (I didn’t look it ), I was there and it was worse than Pitt v. New Mexico.

Anyways, most struggling teams, and even a few very good teams, have issues with attendance when things aren’t going perfectly. Last night seemed to be a great atmosphere and something the players and fans can truly appreciate and enjoy.

We’ve never be OSU or Michigan with attendance but I hope to be the best that Pitt can be. And I’m okay with that.

UNC will be a very tough challenge this week. Let’s ride the momentum.

Comment by JAM 05 Pitt 11.10.13 @ 11:03 am

The comments about Aaron Donald being double and triple teamed all night, are well made. Yet he hung in there and continued to play. Things didn’t look good in the first half, but the Panthers played hard and didn’t give up. Big win for the program.

Comment by Justinian 11.10.13 @ 11:15 am

love the win but we need one more two would be nice buti will be ok with one more.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.10.13 @ 11:16 am

pmd, to answer your question, the students stayed post-Caroline last night. It made a big difference to still have their voices in the 4th.

Hope some of last night’s energy carries over to next week. Pitt will have their hands full with a rejuvenated UNC team.

I wish Tom Savage had a sixth year. I think he has grown into a leadership role on this team. To be good, a team needs a QB who is a leader.

Kudos to the O line. ND was banged up, but that was the line’s best game of the year.

And all hail Ray Vinopal. Give him credit, he does not wilt. Tough kid.

Comment by Iron Duke 11.10.13 @ 11:23 am

I hope Coles is ok. The Clairton boys are tough and play hard.

Western PA produces great players and Pitt should look closely at the local prospects.

Comment by Frank MD 11.10.13 @ 11:25 am

It’s crazy to think that the highest I have seen Aaron Donald listed as being drafted is the third round. Shame we didn’t move to the ACC sooner to help show he can do it against top talent.

Comment by tedsptman 11.10.13 @ 11:32 am

@ gc, do you think Lou Holtz cries with a lisp too?
Mark May must have enjoyed listening to that domer’s belly aching

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.10.13 @ 11:37 am

I have no voice today from screaming on those 4th qtr 3rd downs….and my hands hurt from banging on the seat in front of me. The 12th man was there for us tonight… Great to be part of it.

My daughter was one of the kids who carried the huge Pitt banner onto the field during pre-game. Proud Dad.

What an awesome, awesome awesome night.

So proud of the students for staying until the end.
GC – the empty upper deck seats above the band are student seating, which is sold out. Too bad for the no-shows… They missed a good one.

And three cheers for Ray Vinopal!

Can’t wait to watch it on replay when I get home.

Comment by Joe Lawrence 11.10.13 @ 11:41 am

Great win! Given the news this week about Tony D, this was much needed.

ESPN was over-hyping the win with a headline on SportsCenter of “Pitt Shocks ND”. It was only a 4 point spread and the game was close throughout. Did Mark May respond to Holtz when he made his latest ridiculous comment about ND football losing?

Comment by CalvinHobbes 11.10.13 @ 11:41 am

dont want to be downer but if we had beat navy as we should have i would not have to worry abough these last 3 games we must win at least one more can we do it i sure hope so.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.10.13 @ 11:42 am

I saw reports that Coles was in good spirits after the game. I feared the worst.

Comment by Justin 11.10.13 @ 12:10 pm

Mayday just sat there and Holtz congratulated Mark on the win after the comments. At the end of the show Mayday grabbed a Pitt helmet and started slapping stickers on it saying there’s one for the O, one for the D, one for PC. One for TS. Hail To Pitt! It was awesome.

Comment by Steve h 11.10.13 @ 12:23 pm

Great game and great atmosphere, hope it can carry over to next Saturday. Thought Pitt was catching a break when NC lost Renner for the year, but NC is playing their best football of the year right now. Coach Chryst has an extremely hard task at avoiding the letdown you so often see after a big win. Also, Syracuse has given up 3 points in their last 2 games and the Carrier Dome is usually not kind to Pitt. 6 wins is not going to be easy, hopefully we get a good crowd next week and get it out of the way at home. God, that Navy loss was a killer! Hail to Pitt…

Comment by Pap76 11.10.13 @ 12:32 pm

From ESPN.com’s ACC Blog – what we learned in the ACC this week:

4. Breakthrough win for Pitt. It was easy to doubt the Panthers heading into their game against Notre Dame. They entered the contest off back-to-back losses, and their run game was nearly nonexistent. But something about the Irish brings out the best in Pitt, which came oh-so-close to pulling the upset in each of the previous two seasons. Well, the Panthers finally broke through Saturday night, forcing three turnovers and getting inspired play from their offensive line and Tom Savage in a 28-21 win. It certainly helped Pitt’s cause that Notre Dame’s Stephon Tuitt was ejected on a questionable targeting call early in the game, further depleting an injury-riddled group. But Pitt earned this win. The Panthers moved one victory away from bowl eligibility and gave coach Paul Chryst victories over ranked teams in consecutive seasons.

Comment by Pitt Dad 11.10.13 @ 12:33 pm

Also from the ACC Blog – Helmet Stickers:

Pitt safety Ray Vinopal. The Panthers may not have beaten No. 23 Notre Dame 28-21 without Vinopal, who had two critical interceptions in the fourth quarter to key the impressive win. On the first, Vinopal intercepted Tommy Rees in the end zone to end one drive. On the second, he returned his interception down to the 5, setting up the game-winning Panthers score. Vinopal also had a forced fumble early in the game, making him solely responsible for all three Irish turnovers.

Comment by Pitt Dad 11.10.13 @ 12:34 pm

Comment by Frank MD 11.10.13 @ 12:40 pm

I don’t think there was anything questionable about that targeting call. When I saw it live I thought that Tuitt gave him a forearm/elbow blow but on replay it sure looked like an intentional shot with the helmet. It’s about time the ACC did something to protect Tommy.

Comment by 2$Chuck 11.10.13 @ 3:21 pm

@Frank — Thanks for sharing the link.

Comment by 2$Chuck 11.10.13 @ 3:23 pm

I’ve been critical of Vinopal’s play all season (correctly so) but he earned a game ball for his come back effort in the second half. He was exposed the first half but adjusted well in the second. Hopefully it provide confidence to him.

Always great to beat the Irish and all but eliminate any chance that they get a BCS bowl and its excessive payout.

H2P

Comment by Pitt Fan in Atlanta 11.10.13 @ 3:43 pm

I think we did whichever BCS bowl would have invited ND. They would get blown out by anybody in the Top 15. Except for maybe Northern Illinois. lol

Comment by EMel 11.10.13 @ 4:46 pm

^^would have invited ND a favor.^^

Comment by EMel 11.10.13 @ 4:47 pm

Poor Tyler, gets verbally hammered by the ND homer announcer and had to wear the helmet with the Groundhog on it. And the funky uni’s.

He can thank Cornhole for that. Wonder if he ever comes back around Pitt’s practice facility.

Comment by EMel 11.10.13 @ 4:50 pm

I watched the play [targeting] in real time and agreed with the call. I watched the replay and watched Savage’s helmet the whole time and he tucked in in so not to get it hit and led with his shoulder to take the hit. The defender went straight to the helmet. Watch it tonight [Sunday] at 9:30 on the U.

Comment by joel 11.10.13 @ 5:24 pm

Joel,
I agree with the call. The announcers kept talking about Savage lowering his head and Tuitt not see that, but that’s because Tuitt had lowered his head. If he had kept his head up he would have seen Savage’s lowered head. But all of that does not matter.
Tuitt looked like a bull lowering his head to charge. If that’s not using the helmet as a weapon then it never will be.
Watching the replay on the U. They are chopping the sh!t out of the game.
H2P

Comment by Caw Miller 11.10.13 @ 9:58 pm

EMel – Palko has been at a few of the practices I’ve attended over the last few years so he keeps ties with PITT.

I forgot that it was also Vinopal who created that big fumble in the first half. When he transferred in and I watched him in practices before the 2011 season, which he had to sit out, I though he’d make an immediate impact for the DBs when he could play last season.

Didn’t happen that way but it seems as though he’s progressed a bit each season. He’s a rsJR so he’ll have one more season with us and maybe that will be his breakout year…

I’m getting more excited about Jaymar Parrish then just about any of the true FR except for maybe Boyd. Great move by Rudolph to keep him at FB instead of making him an “H-Back” in this offense. It isn’t easy for a true FR, who isn’t a “star” player like Boyd, to beat out an established upperclass starter but he did so and it is paying off big dividends. His lead blocking has been very good for a FR and at 6’2″ & 230 he can put on a few more pounds and muscle for that position. I think his future is bright.

Seven of out Top 8 receivers return next season. That will really help out an inexperienced QB no matter who is back there. If it is Voytik the fact that he’s been able to practice with those receivers for two years will help also.

It would be great if Savage could have another year but since it can’t happen lets hope that this coaching staff stays intact so they can help out Voytik as much as possible. I am impressed with what Bollinger and Rudolph have done so far with Sunseri last season and then Savage this year.

If we can keep Bollinger on staff, along with Bobby Engram for the WRs, then when 2014 QBs Freebeck and Bertke get here we’ll have a great chance for a solid passing game for more than one year at a time. I doubt Chryst will roll the dice on a true FR starter and lets hope he doesn’t have to, but both of those kids fit his idea of what he wants in a QB.

Great win and lets keep in going for NC on Saturday.

Comment by Reed 11.11.13 @ 7:55 am

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