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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.





This win feels good. I’m grabbing another beer before I go to bed and will enjoy the taste of victory. H2P!

Comment by TX Panther 12.26.13 @ 10:29 pm

Really enjoyed the win. What I like the most? We did it with young guys. Webb had his ups and downs but still competed. Boyd is Boyd. Parrish led the way for Connor. Voytik, Galambos, Grigsby, Howard, Johnson. Have I forgotten any other young guys? My point is that Chryst feels good about his kids and feels like he can win w/ them. What HS Sr would not want to play for this team? I like this bowl win.

Comment by Bones 12.26.13 @ 10:41 pm

Bed….I’m in the mood for some Pizza now !

And some more wine/beer/bourbon.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 10:43 pm

love the way Chryst used Conner as a DE
banged up OL just owned the line of scrimmage
how about forcing BG to have 4th and 41 from their own goal line?
that was a big drive for the winning FG that started from our 1 yd line
feel much better about our QB situation for next year
a nice way to end the season
HTP!!

Comment by tph60 12.26.13 @ 10:46 pm

yes enjoy it i am wonderful i will sleep good tonight a great win no bitching to night.

Comment by Frankcan 12.26.13 @ 10:47 pm

Loved the effort, and for now, I feel good about the future. H2P!

Comment by panther94 12.26.13 @ 11:09 pm

Pitt showed something that was lacking all year tonight..”character”. And that was not Wanny or Fraud who called the naked boots by Voytek, it was Chryst whom I have just grilled the last three games. Credit is due to him and his staff for this impressive victory under very difficult circumstances.

One of my favorite quotes from the movie Blue Chips with Nick Nolte from on of the rich alumni (Hell, I f_ck better when we win!”

Hail to Pitt…never so happy to be wrong.

Comment by Dan 72 12.26.13 @ 11:10 pm

P-I-T-T

Hell of a game.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.26.13 @ 11:17 pm

Just watched it again and I’m impressed with the character of a Chryst coached team. Don’t always agree with the calls but there is an intangible that I like. What a display of young talent! Send me my season ticket package for next year.

Comment by barreman 12.26.13 @ 11:20 pm

htp

Comment by scoocher 12.26.13 @ 11:37 pm

Great win. Lots of good looking young Clairton alumn in that secondary. Voytik did well. That experience is huge for him. Hope Savage is okay.

Comment by Notrocketscience 12.26.13 @ 11:43 pm

Awesome win! The young guys played great. Boyd, Conner – not much to add about them, but so many other young players looked great and give tons of hope! Maybe we still get a couple more recruits from the win. I think it shows that Chryst knows talent regardless on how many stars recruitting sites give the kids. Chad also looked great running on a couple plays. With a good strength and conditiong coaching hire, it should be a good developmental off season. Any news on that hire?

Comment by dishman 12.26.13 @ 11:49 pm

The worst thing about this game? Now I’m excited for next season and I have to wait over 8 months for the next game.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.27.13 @ 12:02 am

dishman no news till after jan 1 but i have a guess it might be wrong but look up brian bott it is just a guess but he was asst strength coach at wisnconsin for years and quit in june after new coach was hired ang chryst likes people from wisconsin just a guess no info

Comment by Frankcan 12.27.13 @ 12:05 am

what is there to say about these freshmen besides GREAT

Comment by deepelemblues 12.27.13 @ 12:13 am

I concur, notrocketscience…here’s hoping that Savage is ok.

Comment by panther94 12.27.13 @ 12:22 am

Conner was a BEAST but how about Voytik?!?! Give Chryst credit for having him ready and a great throw to Boyd on the fg drive.

Comment by John 12.27.13 @ 12:25 am

@deepelemblues – should we refer to them as the “frosted flakes freshmen”?

You know, “because they’re great!!!”

H2P!!!

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.27.13 @ 12:29 am

Instead of Tony the Tiger they could use Roc

Comment by Nick 12.27.13 @ 12:40 am

This was a team where the young players played and made a difference… “future is now” and it was good.

The pleasant surprise… How about Voytik’s arm… no problem… and we knew he had legs. Now we know too he has heart and is a leader…?

How about that drive starting at our 2 yard line??… late in the game… 98 yards for 7 points. Says it all.

As for the next weeks of recruiting..

If you are a young player and you do not want to play for Pitt but rather WVU, Temple, V Tech, etc… that’s OK… because you are not the type of player Pitt needs… if a true top program is recruiting you and you go that route.. hat off to you.

We can be optimistic now that this program, players, and coaches will grow and get better and that should show up next year in the W column.
H2P…

Comment by Pittscript 12.27.13 @ 12:41 am

And Voytik led the team to a 4th quarter victory with 2 quarters under his belt….that’s 2 4th quarter victories this year (not to mention names….)

Great win!

Comment by KeyboardKev 12.27.13 @ 12:51 am

I can’t believe how many true freshmen played, and contributed in tonight’s game. On offense, Parrish, Conner, Boyd, Orndoff, and Johnson. On defense, Soto, Galambos, Webb, Howard. On special teams, Blewitt. All of these guys have a chance to start next year.

The Haywood/Graham debacle hurt our depth the last two seasons and maybe will a bit next year as well. Two years from now, though, I think this young talent can lead Pitt to the ACC championship game.

H2P!!!

Comment by Ace 12.27.13 @ 1:57 am

Gotta love Voytik, man. Gotta love em. Could’ve booked when the Fraud left town. Stayed around. Saw his first meaningful minutes this season in the 2nd half of a tight bowl game. He did his thing. Needless to say.. I was satisfied.

I think I’m more fired up about this win than I was the Notre Dame game. Going into the Notre Dame game, I felt like Pitt was going to win. That same optimism was not around going into tonight’s game against the Falcons.

Hopefully Pitt can close out this recruiting period with a Jennings/Kamara signing.

A lot of positive vibes as we head into spring ball. Not something that could be said the last couple of seasons. Plus, for the second straight year, we know who our coach is going to be next season.

More positive vibes… WVU didn’t make a bowl and Dana the Drunk might only have 12 more months in Morganhole. Up in Creepy Valley, Bill O’Brien is going to be on his way out for the big league (not the SEC) before you know it.

Yes, 7-6 isn’t great, but I’ll take it. H2P (Hail 2 Pizza, too!).

Comment by Mailman 12.27.13 @ 2:05 am

he is recruiting players with character not characters [henry], where are the housewives of pitt blather roll call

Comment by paul shannon 12.27.13 @ 7:27 am

Great win and a four quarter effort. There’s no Florida State next year and the schedule looks accommodating.

Very happy to see Chryst, his staff, and players refute the bookies.

Comment by TonyinHouston 12.27.13 @ 7:47 am

@@@@@@@

It was only BG however the game was exciting and ending
the season on a high note will keep us fired up! Really enjoyed
the bickering and emotion displayed by both teams. Don’t recall ever seeing a player especially a running back play
on both sides of the ball. Overlooked: blocking of Parrish
Giubilato….blew guys off the line.

Let’s close the recruiting class with several 4 star surprises!

Comment by JR 12.27.13 @ 7:55 am

Let’s hope that Chryst does not go to coach at Texas. Some on this blog mill-aligned Chryst making fun of his coaching acumen and even his dress. Well, we see what a great head coach he is. Coach Chryst is building a team that will compete for ACC championships and in a few years BCS caliber teams. Let’s just hope he does not pull a Johnny Majors. Hail To Pitt!

Comment by MariettaMike 12.27.13 @ 7:59 am

For those saying t

Comment by MariettaMike 12.27.13 @ 8:00 am

Only Bowling Green? Get real. Bowling Green had a nice QB and the only thing they lacked was depth. And remember they beat Pitt not to long ago. Only Bowling Green…

Comment by MariettaMike 12.27.13 @ 8:01 am

BG had something to prove. BG wanted to beat a BCS conference team and Pitt didn’t want to lose to a lowly MAC team. Pitt finally looked like the bigger and faster team. Both teams were a bit cocky and trash talkin one another. I think it helped Pitt but threw BG off balance so they never developed a rythem. Still feels good this morning. Hope we close strong on recruiting.

Comment by TX Panther 12.27.13 @ 8:13 am

Where is Upittbaseball?

Comment by Oklahomeboy 12.27.13 @ 8:19 am

MarriettaMike yea it was only Bowling Green, the MAC Champion who blew out NI to win (and knock them out of a BCS Bowl). If you watched the game and listened to some of the commentary about how many AQ teams now have prior MAC coaches as head coaches is pretty eye opening, (20%+). I do agree Pittscript, those young men who want to play for other teams have the choice but if they are as good as they think they are they could be starting next year instead of sitting on the bench giving “depth”.

Comment by EriePAnther 12.27.13 @ 8:20 am

Wow|| Great game.

I woke up three times during the night & thought what an exciting game and PITT won.

Still have a smile on my face as I go back and forth between sports channels looking for game high lites

Replay of the bowl on ESPNU this fternoon at 1:00PM

Comment by PITT-cocks fan 12.27.13 @ 8:22 am

Two guys who have been overlooked so far: Rowell and Clemmings (only 2 OL starters from beginning).

When you are an OL and the RB gains >200 and you’re name is not called at all during the broadcast, you have done one hell of a job!
Congrats Artie and TJ!

Comment by wbb 12.27.13 @ 8:22 am

Come on Kamara, you can start right beside Boyd, you can have an outstanding first year as defenses concentrate on Boyd like they did on Street this year.

Comment by EriePAnther 12.27.13 @ 8:26 am

I think Chryst will shape a good offense around Voytik, just like he did for Russel Wilson at Wisconsin.

Comment by Moe Greene 12.27.13 @ 8:29 am

It is a shame that the author chose to use a video mocking the Christ dying on the cross to show his optimism. The fact that he did this during the Christmas season makes it even worse.

Comment by Ghost of Pete Gonzalez 12.27.13 @ 8:32 am

This win has a chance to replicate 13-9–after that win the 3 best years since Marino was under center. The Aaron Donald tour and winning a bowl could pay off huge dividends on recruits that could duplicate 2008-2010 and take the next step. A WR and several players on D need to be top priority. By the way……House avoids foreclosure d played well.

Comment by John 12.27.13 @ 8:49 am

Great Win! I think this year of learning is going to pay big dividends for the offensive line next year. An off season of strength and conditioning, and some film study on pass protection/blitz pickup will do wonders. Remember a lot of those guys were new or in new positions.

Also Pitt has some good young receivers that should develop after a year or two of being in the program. They have a guy that ran a 10.7 100m and was the sprint champ of Wisconsin. If he can catch then his speed should open up the field for the other guys, especially Boyd who will be seeing a ton of double coverage next year.

Comment by Old Skool 12.27.13 @ 9:00 am

I’ve been smilin’ so much, I couldn’t type…

I hope a new “tradition” of Pitt football started last night. More of an in your face, we’ll just keep coming at you attitude.

(H2P)**2

Comment by CompLit 12.27.13 @ 9:02 am

Many, many candidates but player of the game: Chad Voytik. Dude only threw 2 passes before last night.

Comment by alcofan 12.27.13 @ 9:02 am

What happened to Shane Gordon? Didn’t see him on the field, or on the sidelines, and he wasn’t in the team picture that the seniors took after the game.

Comment by Old Skool 12.27.13 @ 9:05 am

Ghost. for whatever reason, I cannot access the video but will take your word for it.

I don’t believe the author (Chas) has any authority over what videos are used but I can be wrong. Note that Chas made no reference to it on his message; he usually will make a reference to any external link he attaches.

I usually don’t pay any atention to the video/advertising or the ads posted above, and just realize that it gives Chas the necessary revenue to be able to continue with this site.

Your beef shoud probably be with Cadillac.

Comment by wbb 12.27.13 @ 9:07 am

Hail To PITT!!! Hail To PITT!!!! Hail To PITT!! Great win! CV’s mobility gives PITT a much needed asset. Good composure for limited experience. Impressed & hopeful for next season. How many DL are red-shirted for next year?

Comment by DC33 12.27.13 @ 9:13 am

And remember Blewit missed his other field goal which would of been 3-3 for Voytek on scoring drives! Can’t get over last night! Am very optimistic for the future! Chryst gets a bad rep by us fans but maybe he actually knows what he is doing. Remember Rome wasnt built in a day!

Comment by Sweet Caroline 12.27.13 @ 9:19 am

@ Oklahomaboy, yeah where is Upittbaseball and all the other “supposedly” Pitt fans who just love to rub dirt on Pitt’s football program? CRICKETS from that entire contingent.

Where are all the House critics? The defense played fantastic last night, right? Total net yards rushing for BG, 10! The defense played as though they were possessed all night! Matt has my confidence going into next year.

Only one mention, in this thread, of another freshman who has proven to be “Money” just like I predicted, Chris Blewitt, 3 of 4 FCs and he made all of his PATs. Just imagine the leadership on this team in another couple years, when all of these freshmen are upperclassman.

Me. Kamara, Mr. Jennings, you saw your potential futures in the form of Tyler Boyd last night, performing as as a true freshman. Your task will be even easier next season, because Boyd will be taking all of the double teams in the secondary. We need guys like you two! Come join the process! Early playing time, major exposure when Pitt starts making waves in the ACC in the near future, and The opportunity to be a part of something special when such A historically relevant program turns it around once again to reach a meaningful football status once more.

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.27.13 @ 9:26 am

The pass out of the endzone was a thing of beauty. Very impressed with Voytik’s awareness. I know it is only one half of football, but what a half. He already has a better feel for the pass rush than Savage, is better at the rollout pass, looks more smooth and deceptive when handing the ball off. Appears to be a better all-around QB. Doesn’t have the arm strength, but more than makes up for it with his legs, versatility and other intangibles.

Amazingly cool under pressure.

The other great thing was that was a National broadcast of a very entertaining football game, with no competition for viewers.

Hopefully the prospects were watching. Plenty of room for more freshmen starters next year. Why redshirt or sit on the bench when you can be the next Boyd or Conner?

Props to Dorian Johnson another freshman starter.

Comment by gc 12.27.13 @ 9:28 am

Could not be prouder as a Pitt man in this group of men who willed their way to victory! Thanks to Coach Chryst for staying true to his commitment and the players. Only sorry that Devin couldn’t play and that Tom got hurt before half. Grigsby did a nice mini-Zeke impersonation. Hail to Pitt! UPone

Comment by UPone 12.27.13 @ 9:31 am

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Hoping the W will drive the negative types
into hibernation. The W made my night.
Can’t wait for recruiting to be completed
and spring ball to begin. H2P!

Comment by JR 12.27.13 @ 9:37 am

Nice reasons for optimism. Pitt will have a few more big bodies coming in on the offensive line and a couple more good running backs on next year’s roster. Let’s see if they can bring in another blue chipper or two. The word on the street is that Paul Chryst, as we saw last night, plays freshmen. That’s a big deal to recruits.

Comment by Justinian 12.27.13 @ 9:38 am

We got what we wanted. A team that came to play and had an attitude backed up by performance. Only really bad moment was BG’s runback of the kickoff to start the 2nd half. We just don’t have special teams where they need to be.

This team of seniors has captured a very special place in Pitt football history. We suffered through the craziness from the outside. They had to deal with it directly. I am very to be a Pitt grad today—and always.

Watch out for us next year ACC. We are ready to kick butt.

H2f’ingP

Comment by pmdH2P 12.27.13 @ 9:39 am

Anyone know why Rotheram and Murphy stayed home?
The freshman will only improve after a year of serious weight training, so pick a qualified coach, even if it isn’t Buddy.
And great to see Upitt and Ward avoiding the Blather for a change.

Comment by gas 12.27.13 @ 9:40 am

Lots of great performances by the freshman and first year players. CONGRATS especially to Messers. Connor, Boyd & Voytik. :-)

LOTS to be disappointed and worried about –but save that for another day & time.

Comment by The Truth 12.27.13 @ 9:44 am

The offense looks to be in great shape with that young Oline, TEs, RBs, and Boyd! Hope we land Jennings and/or Kamara! Chad Voytik is a leader and played great! Very excited to see him play next year!

Comment by Shawn 12.27.13 @ 9:45 am

In answer to the arm strength issue, John Congemi, Pete Gonzalas, and even Joe Montana were mobile guys without cannon arms. They were touch passers who could move around in the pocket and throw on the run. Mobility and awareness are equally important qualities. I liked the way Chryst took advantage of Voytik’s mobility and rolled him out.

Comment by Justinian 12.27.13 @ 9:45 am

Yeah, it was too bad that so many guys like Devin were hurt and that Tom couldn’t come back in the 2nd half, but that is exactly why this bowl victory feels so good! The “next guy up” stepped in and brought home the win for these Seniors who are now done with their Pitt careers.

What we witnessed last night was the symbolic transferring of the Pitt Colors to the next generation of Pitt football players on this team and that was special!

The future is in good hands. Symbolically, this game is just as big as 13–9 was. The momentum that will be carried throughout 2014 into next season will be significant. It will positively impact the remaining the recruiting season, the attitudes of the team going forward into Spring ball, and the enthusiasm of the fan base going forward. Come on Coach Chryst, build on this momentum! And that my friends, is why this meaningless, insignificant bowl game against a MAC team opponent was such an important “must win” football game for this young team. I am so proud to be a Panthers fan this morning and I am very proud of this team!

Hail to Pitt! There’s a lot of Panthers Pride to go around today.

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.27.13 @ 9:53 am

I think one of the reasons I am so hard on the coaching staff is because as a fan we can see how much young kids get to play. It seems to me these kids would want that. I just hope we finish recruiting strong this year and hit it hard next year!

Comment by Shawn 12.27.13 @ 9:59 am

Upittbaseball not posting because he was knocked unconscious from the falling sky that follows him around. Hail to Pitt! Great game. We’re headed in the right direction. Future looks promising.

Comment by Panther Fan in Hoopieland 12.27.13 @ 10:00 am

What a great win-slept like a baby last night and am already looking forward to Pitt Football 2014. What a difference a few weeks make after the Miami game. Am impressed with Voytik and he seems to have that Palko attitude. I am glad that Chryst is staying the course and doing things his way. He has a plan and we are all staring to witness it. He talked early in his recruitng about how he wants kids who want to come to Pitt and we all just rolled our eyes. But last night in looking at the excitement of Voytik, Conner, Boyd, it really seems that they are excitied about being part of the Pitt team. I know I have talked about Rushel Shell in the past
( and this will be the last time I mention his name) but I was so disappointed last year when he was held out of the first games for undisclosed reasons, then the whole spring practice thing, and then wanting to come back after leaving the team(and I was one that was hoping that Chryst was going to take him back). But Chryst seems to be a man of principal and it is starting to show up in the attitude of the team. The last few weeks have been tough with some of the local high school “stars” opting to play elsewhere and letting everyone know by dissing on Pitt. I think Chryst is saying to himself that is ok because the prima donnas of the world are not worth the headache they can cause me and the team. We all have seen people who just by their attiture can bring down an organization and I think Chryst gets it. Let’s see how the organizations of WVU and Penn State handle things the next year or so since there is one hot seat in WVU and Penn State might be looking for a new coach AGAIN!!!!!!
Hail to Pitt

Comment by Bruce F 12.27.13 @ 10:12 am

Pitt range up 487 yards against the 8th rated defense (and the d-coord did coach the game – but is going to WF), and the offense that put up 574 yards against 23rd ranked NIU was held to 290 by our defense who has a 1st year coach. They had 7 sacks last night where they had 18 all year…as I said earlier the future is bright even with coaches who cannot recruit. Where oh where is my unfavorite critic upitt?

Comment by markp 12.27.13 @ 10:18 am

Feel good story and great for the future. It is nice to see that there is still room in college football for good guys like PC to be successful. Keep it going HTP

Comment by JP 12.27.13 @ 10:26 am

Lots of unsung guys deserve credit. Blewitt made it when it counted and turned in a good year. The special teams finally produced a score and the coverage guys limited BG’s field position. Durham, who plays only first and second downs, kept contain and is very consistent at not giving up contain and turning things in, Ezell was very solid in the middle, and Soto had a sack. Vinopal, who weathered the early year haters and internet trolls, had one of his best games, and turned out to be a very consistent player in the secondary. Galombos was very active and deserves some credit also.

Wuerstner is a pleasant surprise. Goes all out and I believe his catch along the sideline was his first? He will be a good receiver for us next year. JP played well and I thought Manessa again was important, received some justice for getting screwed on the call when the thug hit him four times and stayed in the game.

The O line of course played it’s best game from end to end, despite being short on manpower – they were the key to the game, opening gaping holes despite the box load by BG.

We know about Conner and Boyd, combine these guys with Voyteks experience and the offseason and spring should be pretty exciting, especially since the S&C program will be under new leadership.

Parting thanks to Tom Savage. Many games he sucked it up. Always admire the transfers who have chances for a do-over and choose PITT. He was an important part of our year.

Great TEAM effort…Hail Pitt.

Comment by PittMan 12.27.13 @ 10:28 am

last night was a joy but the sun is up now special teams are still a problem .
we need a coach just for special teams we have 2 for the D line one for DE one for DT would it not be better for one man to coach the whole DL then the outher could coach special teams.

and yes we won and i was on top of the world but it was very close tne D is still a problem and we lose the best DT in football so house has more to prove to me i still dont like him but we will know next year if he will make it.

it was a great win but keep it real love the offence still worry abought the D.

Comment by Frankcan 12.27.13 @ 10:30 am

@Bruce F

Ever since the first news conference when he was introduced, I have thought that Paul Chryst is a perfect fit for us. A solid, not glitzy guy who seems like he had to have grown up in western PA. He introduced his family and was truly excited to have met the Steeler people. I am confident that he is going to do a great job to further develop our program—and I sure hope that he stays at Pitt for a long, long time.

H2f’ing P

Comment by pmdH2P 12.27.13 @ 10:33 am

Agree Frankcan. Need playmakers on D and guys to step up and fill the big void left by AD. Where was this aggressive and hard hitting D all year? I liked what I saw. Not worried about the offense. I think we’re in good hands.

Comment by TX Panther 12.27.13 @ 10:35 am

You guys are all over me before I get to say a word. We had family in and then went to dinner. What I got to see 1/3 of the game I thought the team looked great. How good is Bowling Green, I don’t really know but I felt everything looked strong and I have nothing bad to say at all. Gives me some hope for next season.

Comment by Upittbaseball 12.27.13 @ 10:38 am

when u get rid of characters all that is left is character

Comment by paul shannon 12.27.13 @ 10:50 am

Great win, but a mediocre season. PC needed to deliver this type of outcome far more often during the season. Great win with a young team. Feel good about the future, however, we as Pitt fans have been in this situation before where there is a false sense of security. Don’t want to rain on the Pitt Bowl win ‘parade’, but I still have concerns with this team lead by PC. They need to win games against poorer competition, and win consistently to elevate the program. While everyone is feeling good about the win, it was only BG (MAC team) and it was a toilet bowl type bowl game. C’mon, the expectations need to be much higher and the productivity on/off the field need to be significantly higher. 7 wins is like a tie. Doesn’t do it for me. I WANT PITT FOOTBALL EXCELLENCE. I still think this team could have used Montae Nicholson in the secondary next year. Perhaps they can move Ziese to Safety. Vinopal doesn’t do it in coverage. And Hendricks is gone. THat is a big open space back there!

Comment by Td 12.27.13 @ 10:52 am

Nice quote, ps. Haven’t heard that one before.

Comment by panther94 12.27.13 @ 10:57 am

Finally… the BIG GAME from CONNER that I’ve been expecting.

Better late than never.

Comment by PittofDreams 12.27.13 @ 11:10 am

Trying to stay on the POSITIVE notes today…

This may be old news to some…..but just say there is a coaching vacancy to our east in a few weeks ;-)…is there the possibility of retaking a recruit or 2 back from THAT list before signing day ???

link to sportsblogs.post-gazette.com

Comment by The Truth 12.27.13 @ 11:10 am

Upon reflection, one of my favorite parts of last night’s game was the mental toughness and collective will to win displayed by the Panthers.

There were ample reasons for them to fold…

– a makeshift OL
– loss of the starting QB
– non-calls by the refs
– the loss of momentum that started with AD’s penalty
– the “Mardy Gilyard II” KO return
– an untested QB

One has to believe that this experience will pay dividends in the coming years. This young core group of kids can point to this game as a lesson in overcoming adversity and perseverance.

Brighter days are indeed ahead.

Comment by Joe Lawrence 12.27.13 @ 11:22 am

Now, for the REAL DIFFERENCE in the Game… Chryst taking the lead on calling the plays on Offense.

Last year and throughout this season Chryst seemed determined to let Rudolph do the job as Offensive Coordinator.

But, obviously someone felt the time had come to let Chryst DO what he DOES BEST.

Maybe it was Chryst himself. Maybe someone else.

Whatever the case, we finally got a taste of why Wisconsin’s Offense was so good for the years Chryst was the OC.

Comment by PittofDreams 12.27.13 @ 11:24 am

Reed – are you out there?

Would enjoy reading your thoughts on the game and about Voytik in particular.

Comment by Joe Lawrence 12.27.13 @ 11:25 am

@PittofDreams
Really, you were expecting THAT big of a BIG GAME from Conner?

I think you were the ONLY ONE. My bet is NO ONE expected THAT. Hoped, dreamed for, wished, thought possible, imagined, etc., but EXPECTED?

Kidding with you a bit but wow, so what next?

Comment by TVax 12.27.13 @ 11:32 am

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

TVax…

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

Ward,
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)

link to post-gazette.com

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

Ward,

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.

link to cbssports.com

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

Stoosh,

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.

HAIL TO PITT!

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.

h2p

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.

HAIL TO PITT!!!!

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!

H2P!

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!

H2P!!!

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………

link to youtube.com

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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