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December 26, 2013

Going Out of 2013 Above .500

Filed under: Bowls,Football — Chas @ 10:24 pm

Are there still reasons to angst? Oh, hell yeah.

Do I care for at least a day?

No. No, I do not. Tonight and tomorrow, I’m going positive.

I don’t care if it was “only” a MAC team in Detroit that Pitt just beat. I don’t care if it was “only” a minor bowl game. It was a win.

Pitt was undermanned on its offensive line as it was for most of the second half of the season. Pitt lost its starting QB for the entire second half. Devin Street couldn’t go. Pitt had an officiating crew that did its best not to call penalties  that might have gone Pitt’s way for most of the game (two offensive linemen blatantly tackling Aaron Donald and no call?).

There were the key breakdowns in special teams and defense that we have come to expect. The offensive line couldn’t pass protect — per usual.

Yet, Pitt came away with the win.

James Connor did everything he could to carry Pitt to a victory. Chad Voytik got through the shakes to show why he will be the starting QB. Tyler Boyd is Tyler Boyd.

Pitt was a 7 point underdog by kickoff. Still, the Panthers came away with a win and it didn’t have to happen in Birmingham.

There’s 7 weeks of angst for signing day. Plenty to worry over for the team up to and through spring practices. But, I’m going to enjoy this for a little while.

And the REAL BENEFIT of Pitt’s Win yesterday…

We don’t have to put up with all the Chryst Hate comments in the off season.

There is a God.

Comment by PittofDreams 12.27.13 @ 11:34 am


I didn’t know exactly how big… but I’ve seen a “BIG GAME” for Conner going back to Syracuse.

I posted as much yesterday prior to kickoff.

Obviously, it has taken a little while probably due to the fact of Conner being banged up since Notre Dame.

The break before the Bowl seems to have given him the time to heal and refuel the jets.

Comment by PittofDreams 12.27.13 @ 11:50 am

Get some more Clairton kids. They play hard. It makes a big difference. Those refs should stay in the Sun Belt Conference. TX looking at PSU O’Brien.

Comment by Frank MD 12.27.13 @ 11:53 am

Frank… good point on the Clairton kids.

Boyd has obviously been a star. But each one of them has been a solid contributor.

And Coles, Howard and Webb both could be future stars… especially Webb.

Comment by PittofDreams 12.27.13 @ 11:58 am

It’s always nice to win and I was going to be quiet and let everyone enjoy the win. However, a lot of y’all gotta keep on saying where are the negative people.

Seriously, it’s sad how carried away everyone is getting over beating Bowling Green. The team beats a MAC team and you’d think Pitt just won the Rose Bowl. Too bad Pitt is in a real conference and not the MAC. Pitt and ACC teams are always supposed to beat MAC teams. I don’t care about what the line for the game was. An ACC team should never be an underdog to a MAC team. Bowling Green didn’t beat a BCS team all year and was blown out by Indiana. Bowling Green also didn’t have their head coach. And somehow beating this mediocre, in comparison to good BCS teams, Bowling Green team becomes a huge program changing game? Get serious. The recruiting class still stinks. Until Chryst learns to recruit the program is going nowhere fast.

Comment by Wardapalooza 12.27.13 @ 12:14 pm

Why must you be a boner killer?
Unhappy childhood? Ugly wife? Go nowhere job? Do tell.
Pitt had a makeshift line, only one wide receiver, and used the second string quarterback for half of the game.

Comment by gas 12.27.13 @ 12:33 pm

Yes, they are MAC but this BG team won the conf. champ. by beating the 23rd ranked team and a Heisman runner up.Offense was awesome and some more drives finished with 7 will help a lot.Kudos to an o line that had to play a lot of snaps and yes same to both the fullbacks.Sorry for Savage but am now looking toward an exciting offense next year. According to Hillgrove(I couldn’t stand the ESPN BG flavor announcing )Voytek’s dad is a PITT doctor and the family is origionally from around Sharon Pa.. The D was awesome in rushing and blitzing but the zone defense and out of position defenders on many pass plays still has me scared about the defense for next year.D also worked better with Connor on one side and Donald on the other.Reminded me of Greene and Jackson a few years back.Who will fill these shoes.We don’t seem to be getting enough D players.The best part was the D’s final series like we own you.

Comment by Pitt 60 12.27.13 @ 12:40 pm

pittofdreams i dont think there was much chryst hate on here all year .House hate yes a qustion on why chryst did not hire a real DC yes some worry abought special teams and why did they not have a full time coach yes and some worry abought recruiting yes. but i dont remmber any hate chryst talk.
or any one saying he should be fired this year i think most thought he would be here for at least 2 more years.
after that if there is no improvement there might be hate chryst talk but asking why he hired house is not the same as hateing chryst.

Comment by Frankcan 12.27.13 @ 12:42 pm

OK Ward… Riddle me this.

Bowling Green dominates Northern Illinois which won at Iowa and Purdue.

Granted the margin of victory should have been much greater, but the reality is Pitt’s win against BG… is a POSITIVE.

The OTHER POSITIVE obvious not only yesterday but throughout this season is that the Players Chryst does recruit… look to either be outright Stars like Boyd and Conner or “Diamonds in the Rough” that show well for themselves immediately as freshmen.

Yes, 7-6 is somewhat disappointing, especially considering how some of the games were lost. And Little Caesars is not exactly the Sugar Bowl.

But, the degree of difficulty faced this year obviously rose with Pitt being in the ACC and no longer the lowly Big East.

Truth be told… Pitt Football is trending upward under Chryst… SLOWLY but SURELY.

Comment by PittofDreams 12.27.13 @ 12:43 pm

Frank… Oh there was a little hate.

I think mocking the way someone talks and questioning their IQ qualifies as something other than simple criticism.

Comment by PittofDreams 12.27.13 @ 12:47 pm

Can’t figure out why I am in such a good mood today. I have even stopped obsessing over my holiday weight gain!

Comment by Oklahomeboy 12.27.13 @ 1:11 pm

Gentlemen, I was wrong. I indicated that Pitt would win by 13 although they were a seven point dog. They only won by three. Seriously, the score was much closer than the game. I do think that Pitt should have won by at least 10. Who doesn’t think we dominated that game?

As for stars, Conner was fantastic. What a powerful stiff arm shiver he put to the BG D-backs. He delivered the blow. And to play effectively on the d-line shows he is an athlete. We may see him more on the dline in future years once the running back stable comes along.

T-Boyd was fluid, strong on the ball and blocked effectively. His best catch occurred in the end zone. He got his foot down amazingly, but his elbow hit out of bounds first. Drats! He was interfered with on two other big catches, without penalties being called. Stop and o route and the other around mid-field where the defender pulled on his jersey the entire time the ball was on the way down. Great job young man. Now go work hard in the off season on route running and speed. Fan fliipin tastic.

OL was solid. Can only imagine how the RB’s perform when 8-9 are not in the box defending. We have a few more big hogs coming to churn out some bigger yardage. QB Voytik did really well. He brings mobility as stated above. More importantly, did anyone hear his interview after the game? He is very cerebral in his responses and team first all the way. He reminds me of Russel Wilson with a weaker arm.

Finally, Jesse Palmer gave a lot of love to Pitt last night and indicated Pitt is a program on the rise so long as Paul Chryst is running the show.

Ward, if you are going to say Indiana crushed BG, that is fine. But can you explain the Miss St. 21-20 loss to an SEC middle program at MSU? BG could definitely beat 3-4 SEC programs on neutral or home field. Tell the whole story when using examples.UPitt, I won’t bash you either. It’s okay to be wrong. One game makes not a season or a decade. It is one game. Pitt was solid. They should have won by more points. That is what I was expecting because I see the improvement in performance. We just need to maximize our opportunities and we will be fine. Great job to the players and the coaches. Let’s get rid of our Athletic Director and take this program to greater heights!!!

Carpe’ diem and Carpe’ falcons too!

Comment by dhuffdaddy 12.27.13 @ 1:11 pm

“…The recruiting class still stinks…”

Comment by Wardapalooza 12.27.13 @ 12:14 pm

How do you know that?

You know, that reality check stuff swings both ways.

Comment by Joe Lawrence 12.27.13 @ 1:22 pm

Even doubters have to admit a “GOOD” win for Pitt last night, maybe not a great one but anyone unwilling to admit “good” is not realistic or fair considering where the Pitt program is RIGHT NOW, not where we hope it will be in the future.
Pitt played with great emotion and the impact that the returning underclassmen had on the game was absolutely outstanding (i.e., Fitz er I mean Boyd, Connor, Grigsby in flashes, Voytik, Vinopal etc.) I’m keeping positive on PC’s approach which is finding hard-nosed, football players who love the game and their school/teamates.
I’m still not sold on the D and House yet. Pitt has given too many 3rd and long plays. Is it scheme or talent is the question? That’s why either Nicolson or Henry were needed. Pitts and Williams were a complete disappointment all year and the young DBs constantly missed tackles on short passes which became long gainers. Hendricks was great but is graduating and Vinopal has turned his career around, but at CB I don’t see the hope for the future . . . yet.
Boyd and Connor are the best frosh combo at Pitt in many, many years and Voytik showed flashes of what could (emphasis added here) be in the future. He showed he has enough arm to throw deep and accurate, even if its not enough for the sideline routes that were Savage’s strength.
If Pitt can get one more top rated WR and PC develops an offese that takes advantage of Voytik’s mobility (for example, bootleg him on 3rd and short every time with a TE running a short route just in case) next year could be interesting and something to look forward to.
BTW, can Ollison play LB, I’d hate to see Connor anywhere but at RB next year.

Comment by Taxing Matters 12.27.13 @ 1:25 pm

Taxing, speaking of doubters, even Smizik was impressed (up to a point)

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Comment by wbb 12.27.13 @ 1:27 pm

Wardopalooza stepping in for Upitt on the thread.

Ward, Pitt beat the MAC champion that that was favored to win. They weren’t blown out as in past BBVA games. They did so with a backup QB, backup WR, three backup OL, and a backup DE playing. Most of the backups were freshman. That’s what is exciting.

They played with passion, desire and attitude. They pushed BG around. They played through adversity. They won despite being screwed by the refs. They played a lot of underclassmen in doing all that.

That is why everybody is elated. Is that clear?

Comment by Barvo 12.27.13 @ 1:35 pm

Joe Lawrence, last night would have been the Gilyard III KO return.

Gilyard II was at UConn in 2010, when Pitt finally took command at the beginning of the 4th Qtr, but then a KO return for TD followed by a Graham fumble on the subsequent kickoff gave UConn 14 pts in 40 seconds.

Comment by wbb 12.27.13 @ 1:43 pm


I think most of the people celebrating the win are also aware that this was – for 95% of the country – a ho-hum bowl game against a team from an inferior conference.

As someone here said a thread or two back, though, over the last 10 years, it’s pretty safe to argue that the upper-level MAC teams are at least on par with middle-of-the-road programs in BCS conferences. That’s where both Bowling Green and Pitt are right now. No shame in admitting that…not given the circumstances of the last couple of years or the injuries Pitt was dealing with going into this game.

(I think if Street was healthy, Pitt wins this going away. Unfortunately, part of the reason Pitt was playing this game is because Street wasn’t always healthy. Neither was Conner. Neither was the offensive line.)

These successful non-BCS teams find success because they DON’T try to match up athlete-for-athlete and play conventional football. They do they exact opposite and they do it very well. Their success in matchups like this is rooted in execution of an unconventional system designed to emphasize one or two particular strengths, and this is how those teams have leveled the field in these matchups.

Line up in 4-wide/5-wide sets and make quick crosses, outs and screens to get a couple of quick receivers/backs out into space. Even if you get 5-6 yards per pass, you’re effectively replacing a conventional running game that you couldn’t otherwise run.

Or go to an option offense that’s heavy on misdirection. Navy has won three of the last seven matchups with vastly-superior (at least on paper) Notre Dame doing exactly this.

What this hopefully represents is an indication that this program is on its way to becoming one that will at least factor into the Top 20 discussions year in and year out. Programs that are on the way up win games like this. To see Pitt do it on the backs of so many young players is both a huge sigh of relief and hopefully indicative of something bigger and better.

Consider this…

Charlie Strong went 7-6 in each of his first two seasons at Louisville. He split a couple of relatively ho-hum bowl games (won Beef O’Brady’s in 2010 over Southern Miss, then lost 2011 Belk Bowl to NC State), but then broke out in his third season with Sugar Bowl win over Florida.

It took five years (and a situation much closer to what Walt Harris inherited here), but David Cutcliffe got Duke to the Belk Bowl last year. He then elevated that to a Chik-Fil-A Bowl appearance this year, with Duke ranked #22 in the country. Let’s see how they handle A&M.

I bring up Cutcliffe and Strong because it shows evidence that it’s a process – one that takes more than just a couple of years even under what some may consider better circumstances.

Comment by Stoosh 12.27.13 @ 1:48 pm

among all the things everyones talking about, this win is also big for PERCEPTION. if we get blown out, everyone talks about how we stink and the young players are in trouble..but with this win we got some nice media coverage.

After the game jesse palmer was glowing about PITT’s young players and saying how Paul Chryst is doing a great job and will be even better than last year (even if we know its overblown, most who are watching probably don’t know that)

Then today in a small mailbag section on cbssports a person asking a question about PITT gets featured as one of the answered questions where the writer says mostly positive things about the panthers, calling the future bright.

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Comment by rhyno527 12.27.13 @ 1:49 pm

…point being without the win we don’t get much positive spin on the game other than probably on this board.

With the win were getting positive spin nationally…small steps. but forward steps at that

Comment by rhyno527 12.27.13 @ 1:51 pm

Cheer up dude! When something negative happens everyone piles on, let us enjoy the win! No one is saying here that they are winning the national title here, but the future does look good with Boyd and Conner, you can’t argue that! And if you ranked the recruits I would rather have the big boys up front anyway! Hail to Pitt! And let us all enjoy! Too many Scrooges out there!

Comment by Sweet Caroline 12.27.13 @ 1:53 pm

One other point. James Conner’s only other offers were from MAC schools, including BGSU. I know Pitt competing with MAC schools bunches the panties of some armchair experts on this blog who think that Pitt should only recruit four stars from Florida.

Comment by Barvo 12.27.13 @ 1:56 pm


Add Frank Beamer to that list. It wasn’t until his 7th season that he broke through:
1987 2-9
1988 3-8
1989 6-4-1
1990 6-5
1991 5-6
1992 2-8-1
1993 9-3

I remember that 2-8-1 season. Many thought he would be canned.

Comment by Joe Lawrence 12.27.13 @ 2:00 pm

That was meant for wardapalooza! Let us have our day!

Comment by Sweet Caroline 12.27.13 @ 2:02 pm

If you can’t enjoy this win without qualifying your feelings, I am not sure you are a Pitt Fan.

Ask yourself if you would have felt better if we lost. If the answer is yes, you are not a Pitt fan.

The agonists can reconvene when we miss on one of the needed receivers.

There will be plenty to complain about in the off season and next year.

Today, just enjoy!

The game is on ESPNU right now for those of us that can’t get enough.

Comment by gc 12.27.13 @ 2:24 pm

Yes, Pitt should have won by a lot more. But AFTER stopping Bowling Green on 3rd and long, the 15 yard penalty on Aaron Donald gave BG a 2nd chance and they went on to score a touchdown, AND Pitt’s starting quarterback left the game with an injury at halftime, AND Bowling Green ran the 2nd half kickoff back to tie the game, AND despite everything Pitt still fought back and managed to win the game!

Comment by Justinian 12.27.13 @ 2:38 pm

Not bad. On to next season.


Comment by Justinian 12.27.13 @ 2:40 pm

i have 4 televisions on for the replay of the game– just like last night. it’s a small gesture to improve ratings.

i was especially pleased by voytik’s performance. and i nominate vinopal for most improved player. not the best member of the team, but he received a lot of deserved criticism earlier in the season. this staff can coach them up even though i’m still not sure house is the answer.

still, it’s a lot easier to be happy this holiday season with a win.


Comment by pittkeith 12.27.13 @ 2:58 pm

yes it is a wonderful day when you win i am very pleased and the offence will only get better next year. But i am still worryed abought the D.

Comment by Frankcan 12.27.13 @ 3:14 pm

Pitt had an attitude in this game. They ran and hit hard. They were aggressive. Why were we missing that previously. We also looked bigger, stronger and faster than BG. They played lose too. Need to do this in conference play next year. The team chemistry did look good last night.

Comment by TX Panther 12.27.13 @ 3:23 pm

And yes it does fuckin feel good winning after the last two bowl years. I don’t want this feeling to go away. Quite the drug…winning that is.

Comment by TX Panther 12.27.13 @ 3:26 pm

Grigsby looking pretty good blitzing the QB, a nice new wrinkle by House. Going to miss Donald, Ezell, Hendricks and Williams, but the cupboard will not be totally bare. Soto, Grigsby, Bradley, Galambos with a year in the weight room, Mosely Smith will be back. Hopefully Price will recover.

Need some new recruits to fill in some gaps, especially on Special Teams.

Comment by gc 12.27.13 @ 3:28 pm

Pitt will also have the services next season of Reggie Mitchell, a safety who transferred in from Wisconsin and had to sit out this season.

Comment by Mailman 12.27.13 @ 3:34 pm

Frankcan – I feel the same way, extremely happy about the win but frustrated with the D. Gave up a lot of 3rd and long, 1st downs. Plus the special teams issue was still on display. I’m sure PC will address this in the off season. I hope there some good news on the recruiting trail, specially on the defensive side.

Comment by Pittastic 12.27.13 @ 3:36 pm

What a great win! I don’t care who the opponent was or how “minor” the bowl game is, to win your last game, with the major contributors all coming back next year, is a HUGE building block for next season.

I was most impressed with how prepared and how fired up this team was for the game. Hats off to the coaching staff for that.

as@EriePAnther and @Dr Tom pointed out, a great opportunity for Jamil Kamara and Adonis Jennings to play and succeed as freshman, as Tyler Boyd will be getting the double teams.

@TonyinHouston mentioned how the schedule next year looks “accommodating”, that can help with W’s, but it does scare me as far as attendance goes. Hopefully, people will see the young talent on this team and come out and support our Panthers. It does make a difference!

I think as the Wanny and Fraud recruits continue to move on, or at least the ones that haven’t totally bought in, you will see that kind of effort and passion more and more. This staff definitely is looking for kids who are all in and truly want to be Pitt Panthers.

The only negative was the kickoff return, although the kid who returned the kick is a very good at what he does. But you just cannot continue to allow special team touchdowns and big plays on a weekly basis. Whether it’s coach Chryst, someone else on this staff, or an outside hire, more attention and focus has to be given to special teams.


Comment by Pap76 12.27.13 @ 3:37 pm

I was very pleased to see the victory and I am very pleased to see the 7-6 record. Between beating Notre Dame and a winning record the season exceeded preseason expectations. The freshman performing so well gives hope that has been absent for so long. When we lost the Navy game the season could have headed south for good but didn’t. HCPC deserves an atta boy and I am more excited about next season than I have been for several years. By 2016 we have to be ready to kick Penn State around and with this class being the foundation of that team it can happen.HTP

Comment by spiritofsection22 12.27.13 @ 4:33 pm

One of the more impressive plays on D – BG did a reverse to a halfback pass which almost worked. They tried the same thing on the next play and it got blown up by an observant LB (forgive me for forgetting who) before they could even make the toss for the reverse. They never tried that play again.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.27.13 @ 4:51 pm

I thought one of the key plays of the night was the 3rd and 5 from the 7 pass Voytic to Gardner. Not only was it executed perfectly it started a change in the games momentum. It was a nifty 20 yards and very timely.

Comment by spiritofsection22 12.27.13 @ 5:22 pm

I was in DC for business all day and those that know I am a Pitt Fan offered hearty congrats. Not a person I called on today missed the game last night.

Zeise went off on a rant on The Fan this morning around 11AM about how Pitt fans have had little to cheer about the past 4 (Maybe 30) years and thus last night’s game was worthy of a lot of pride.

Comment by Dan 72 12.27.13 @ 5:35 pm

Great win for PITT and great for the off-season. Now close recruiting strong!


Comment by VAYinzer 12.27.13 @ 5:41 pm

Also….a great night for CV. Really excited to see what the O can do with a mobile QB. Puts a lot of pressure on oppossing D’s.

Comment by VAYinzer 12.27.13 @ 5:43 pm

How about an untested RS Freshman leading a 6 play 98 yard 3 min 26 sec drive for a TD? Poise? Composure? Guts? Want to get it done? You bet!


Comment by Pitt Dad 12.27.13 @ 5:56 pm

Maryland goes down to Marshall, have fun in the Big 10.

Comment by gc 12.27.13 @ 6:13 pm

Everyone wants these Florida kids, lets get a few more James Connors from Erie Co.

Comment by alcofan 12.27.13 @ 6:19 pm

PITT defense finally played some ‘smackdown’, last nite. They layed some big hits on the BG RB’s, driving them into the turf on several occasions.

Just wonder where was this aggression, during the season.

Perhaps some of it was… House finally cut them loose a little on some blitzes, which will certainly get your LB’s & Safties in more of a ‘hitting’ position than a ‘passive’ stance.

He backed off of that a little in the 2nd half as they outscored us 24-10 to tie the game.

Comment by Emel 12.27.13 @ 7:10 pm

Or 17-10, they got that TD on AD’s unfortunate personal foul late in the 2nd Q.

Comment by Emel 12.27.13 @ 7:12 pm

Hey I was right on my early August prediction that Tyler Boyd would be the next Larry Fitzgerald at PITT.

And wait until Tyler packs on 10-20 pounds of muscle. You will then see some packages moving him in & out of the backfield at least in the initial pre-snap formation. As a way to confuse the defensive package setup to try and stop him.

He will also carry the ball more next year I believe. On more reverses, etc.

Just an incredible talent, almost had the TD with the one handed layed out catch. Funny the fact that he didn’t use 2 hands led to his arm hitting out of bounds before his feet, which were in bounds.

Comment by Emel 12.27.13 @ 7:19 pm

Now, for the REAL DIFFERENCE in the Game… Chryst taking the lead on calling the plays on Offense.
Comment by PittofDreams 12.27.13 @ 11:24 am

good call PoD. Been screaming for this for quite a while. Why have BOTH the OC & the DC in ‘on the job’ training, when you have PC who can do OC.
Walt always called plays from the sideline and usually had a pretty effective offense.

Comment by Emel 12.27.13 @ 7:33 pm

Could we possibly have witnessed the burgeoning of a
Heisman potential candidate, last nite. I give you TB and DE, the first 2 way player, since that kid from MIchigan, James Connor.

You could possibly alternate him at TB with James and/or Ollison. Which would also allow Connor to get some snaps as a DE.

That did slightly remind me of Jackson & Green meeting at the QB, when AD & Connor met at the QB, resulting in a sack of the QB.

Think of the media attention… if PITT had a good team, with a bonafide 2 way player.

Comment by Emel 12.27.13 @ 7:50 pm

Halftime Tarholes 35
Northern Kentucky Norse 30

Late football game last nite:
Utah State 21
#23 Northern Illinois 14
(appears NIU wasn’t too good after all, amazing they were 1 win from a BCS game.)
Utah State finishes 9-5

Comment by Emel 12.27.13 @ 7:54 pm

What a difference between our game and the Cuse -Minn game, Boring! Thank you Conner, Boyd and Voytik for making us fun to watch.

We are getting a lot of repeat highlight spots, kinda like free ads. Even speaking of our freshmen taking over.

So much better to win.

Comment by gc 12.27.13 @ 8:08 pm

According to Hillgrove(I couldn’t stand the ESPN BG flavor announcing )Voytek’s dad is a PITT doctor and the family is origionally from around Sharon Pa..
Comment by Pitt 60 12.27.13 @ 12:40 pm

Good info Pitt 60 since I didn’t have the radio on.
Voytik sounds more like a Western Pa name than one from Tennessee. Could Chad become a good to great Western Pa QB like so many have from the past.
Hope so, this kid stuck with PITT during the latest fiasco and helped keep that recruiting class somewhat intact.

Still think he could have played last year instead of Tiny.

Also your comment on ESPN’s broadcast being BG centric was spot on. We heard about their interim coach’s daughter’s bball team, even got a pic. On several occasions when possession switched to PITT, the annoying obligatory Espn sideline chick would do some sort of BS about BG, all the while, while PITT had the ball and was running plays. They came back late on a Voytik pass completion for a big play. We had to hear about some nobody named Dino Favers or something. You would have thought BG was the USC or Texas job or something.

They never mentioned that most all of PItt’s key plays were being made by true freshmen or redshirt freshmen.

Why was PITT broadcast as 2nd fiddle to a nothing program like Bowling Green ?

If this didn’t convince some, about the bias against Pitt football, nothing will.

Comment by Emel 12.27.13 @ 8:10 pm

Good thing you posted gc, I was beginning to believe I was………

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Comment by Emel 12.27.13 @ 8:18 pm

“Bowling Green dominates Northern Illinois which won at Iowa and Purdue.”

Purdue (1-11)along with Virginia(2-10) had to be 2 of the worst AQ teams in the land. Along with Idaho(1-11), Temple(2-10), Cal(1-11)(bet they’re sorry they fired Jeff Tedford), Hawaii(1-11) and New Mexico State(2-10). Miami of Ohio could have been the worst though at 0-12.

So beating Purdue was akin to beating Temple.

Comment by Emel 12.27.13 @ 8:27 pm

Even Tiny did that ! haha

Comment by Emel 12.27.13 @ 8:28 pm

Thanks to wbb & rhyno for posting those links.

Comment by Emel 12.27.13 @ 8:45 pm

Did anyone catch a glimpse of Tyrique Jarrett on the sideline, think it was in the 4rth Q.

That kid is humongous.

Hope he can play, don’t see anyone moving him out of many holes.

Comment by Emel 12.27.13 @ 8:49 pm

Ok I’m all caught up on the comments.

Lots of good ones, lots of good info, enjoyed the read everyone.

H2P !
VeV !

P.S. when’s the next game, I’m psyched !

Comment by Emel 12.27.13 @ 8:58 pm

Emel, you were kinda dominating the conversation. LOL

Comment by gc 12.27.13 @ 9:00 pm

I was visiting my mom’s with the family and was unable to watch the game. Reading the final score pleased me a great deal.

Voytik’s cousin, or nephew, or some relative, played for Hickory High School (Hermitage, PA near Sharon) and he played a great game against PIAA AA champion South Fayette (Brett Brumbaugh IS the real deal).

I grew up in NE Ohio and graduated from Kent State. KSU (MAC) is a perennial football doormat, but the MAC does play some good football and they send players to the NFL on a regular basis. No MAC team is Alabama or Florida State, and never will be, but they aren’t all creampuffs.

This win can do nothing but help Pitt in recruiting. As for those WPIAL players who left, I don’t blame the kid who picked Michigan State, but the Quips who picked WVU can sink with that leaky ship and as for Mr. McKenzie, I seem to remember one Brian Davis, coached as a youth by a friend of my dad in Little Worshington (Washington, PA for those of you who aren’t from Western PA). Davis was an all-world recruit, signed up by Mike Gottfried, and Davis didn’t last one semester.

Pittsburgh sports fans are a spoiled bunch. We have had winners and we like winners. Pitt will draw fans to Heinz Field IF THEY WIN. H2P!

Comment by Penguins Fan 12.27.13 @ 9:13 pm

info for you the mac has lost all there bowl games this year they have lost 4 with one more to play.
and so far we are the only ACC team with a win but most of ACC has not played yet.
but maryland has lost and the orange are loseing.

Comment by Frankcan 12.27.13 @ 9:31 pm

the orange pulled it out so the ACC is 2 and 1 so far

Comment by Frankcan 12.27.13 @ 9:36 pm

Yeah Frank….only B1G bound Maryland lost in the ACC so far. Helps our local recruiting IMO…

Comment by Jackagain 12.27.13 @ 9:38 pm

Sadly it is sounding like Jamil Kamara is heading to Virginia.

Comment by Shawn 12.27.13 @ 10:22 pm

@shawn….how did you hear that? Not surprising since he’s from VA but I was still holding out hope. Maybe they get the NJ kid.

Comment by VAYinzer 12.27.13 @ 10:38 pm

Lots of good fun. Great comments from all you guys. A win always does wonders for ones attitude. Sure hope I’m wrong about Chryst and the football program gets turned around.

Now let’s win some basketball games!.

Happy New Year. It sure was a great Christmas.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 12.27.13 @ 11:06 pm

Hard to blame him to pick UVA since its like the Ivy League in the south but on a football stand point, good luck! They are a mess with London at the helm. I hope he pulls a different hat! I mean the show put on by Boyd this year had to be noticed. We are always in that position and the player goes somewhere else. So maybe our luck is turning. The buzz is out there and it will help recruiting. Kids want to play and all the freshmen that played this year shows the PC will play the best no matter what.

Comment by Sweet Caroline 12.27.13 @ 11:17 pm

Great win! Doc I still don’t agree that it was a must win for the program but it sure appears to accelerate the process of program building. It feels very good after only 2 years for HCPC’s Panthers to be in this position, ready to spring forward. Gentlemen, we have a coach! And we have a program! Our lack of depth is ridiculous but it is for the right reasons, The guys who are left mostly really want to be at Pitt, play hard football and have talent!

Chas I wanted to comment last night but got some weird message from a company(?) that there was a problem , probably with the site and it appeared to be leading me down the garden path of paying them to fix it (or possibly getting my checking account or credit card info.) Needless to say I closed everything down. Do you have any other reports? Do you have any reports of a virus/scam? If not there may still be one but specifically one that has attacked my computer. I’ll note the name and info. on the purported fix it business and let you know if it happens again. Please feel free to e mail me any response if you don’t want to take up time and space on this blog. Thanks.

Again a great win! HTP!

Comment by OPFIM 12.27.13 @ 11:21 pm

It was on Twitter. I am still crossing my fingers but it’s not looking good.

Comment by Shawn 12.27.13 @ 11:24 pm

i saw a twitter last night from him it was still the 3 schools till jan 4 with no clear pick .
3 hats on a table but the pitt hat was in the middle i felt good abought that i dont know why.

Comment by Frankcan 12.27.13 @ 11:42 pm

Ok, so outgoing ACC team loses and newcomers win. Sounds like a good deal. Btw, Vinopal is better than lots here give him credit for. He is smart and quick to react…not the fastest at top speed, but Chryst used him effectively.

Comment by panther94 12.27.13 @ 11:45 pm

Sorry…House, not Chryst, used him effectively,

Comment by panther94 12.27.13 @ 11:53 pm

Vinopal got better as the year went on. Experience does that. I hope this team continues to improve!

Comment by Shawn 12.28.13 @ 12:09 am

I have to disagree with Vinopal. Before we get all gushy and yes, I am guilty of that, number 9 was out of position often. He did make some nice tackles but bit too much on play action, opening the deep ball. The good news is that BG didn’t execute. When they look at the film they will only blame themselves. There were a couple wheel routes too, that were wide open.

I am stoked about our position right now with recruiting and perception. When Conner is stiff arming, I mean punching defenders in the head to get more yards, that is awesome. I will go on record to say he is not the answer long term unless the OL develops into ground maulers. At that point his downhill running will be effective. Blewitt was clutch as usual. You just have to feel good about the field goal kicker! All in all, a very good year. Would still like a bench coach for Chryst to rely upon during the game for sound counsel.

Comment by dhuffdaddy 12.28.13 @ 1:23 pm

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