December 26, 2013

Open Thread: Pizza Bowl

Filed under: Bowls,Football,Open Thread — Chas @ 1:32 pm

Man, getting home in time will be tight. That means keeping this brief so I can get crap done to make this work.

6pm on ESPN.

Focus continues to be about ending the season with something resembling positive energy.

A few weeks back, Pitt coach Paul Chryst said he was talking to redshirt senior nose tackle Tyrone Ezell when Ezell recalled the Panthers’ most recent bowl win, a 27-10 victory in the BBVA Compass Bowl against Kentucky to end the 2010 season.

Ezell was a redshirt freshman on that team and told Chryst what it felt like to end the season with a victory, the sense of accomplishment and positive momentum heading into the offseason. It’s something that the freshmen, sophomores and juniors have not experienced, with the past two seasons coming to an end with a 6-7 record and a loss in Birmingham, Ala.

The Panthers have a chance to put a positive cap on the up-and-down 2013 season today when they play Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

“There’s a big difference in our room between going 7-6 and 6-7,” Chryst said. “There’s a lot of reasons. The senior class, they want to finish it out right and I think they want to send the young guys into next year with some momentum. Every team’s the same way. Bowling Green’s probably got the same mantra. We’re looking forward to going up, getting one more chance to play and our goal is to play the best game we’ve played to this point.”

Not that anyone is implying the effort was less than 100% in the past two years in Birmingham. Well, maybe it’s being implied a little.

This may be the last year for the Pizza Bowl. The bowl organizers continue to put on a brave face, but it just doesn’t seem likely since Ford Field probably won’t be hosting it and the Big Ten is done — Ford Field and Big Ten are creating their own bowl game. Just can’t see two games at Ford Field, and I really can’t see any enthusiasm for trying to play it at the Comerica Park.

Bowling Green will be paying attention to Aaron Donald on defense and Tyler Boyd on offense. To which, all I can say is, “duh.”

Embattled, first-year DC Matt House is from Michigan. Hopefully by the end of the game there won’t be any need for jokes about leaving him there.

Not the end of the world but it is important that Pitt play strong today and get a decisive win.

Even though I do not agree with much written here and in the press that is so negative… fact is perception becomes reality.

PC and program need a good win for some positive momentum and energy into the off season and final recruiting. Need some energy similar to ND to prepare the critical 3rd year.


Comment by Pittscript 12.26.13 @ 2:53 pm

If Pitt wins 38-0, it will bestated or implied here by some that it should have been 48-0 instead.

Always good analysis by the webmaster, weak replies and comments by the usual “experts” on this blog.

Comment by art 12.26.13 @ 3:33 pm

you want to know why we are playing the Little Caesar Bowl, check # 2 on attached list

link to

Comment by wbb 12.26.13 @ 3:33 pm

Getting ready for the game. I have an undeniable feeling I’m going to be both disappointed and/or embarrassed by our boys yet again. This feeling has become all to familiar. I hope I’m wrong, but time will tell. Oh well, Hail to F’ing Pitt anyway!!!!!

Comment by Joe 12.26.13 @ 3:52 pm

art -I hope nobody would complain about any victory – even 6 to 5 – as long as we win. We are an underdog playing a superior team and I, for one, will be pumped with a victory of any margin.


Comment by htp123 12.26.13 @ 3:53 pm


Maybe we are not all as insightful as you are. It is still a great blog.


Comment by pmdH2P 12.26.13 @ 3:55 pm

Art… who the hell are you?

Comment by PittofDreams 12.26.13 @ 4:04 pm

Just ordered Little Caesars… It’s late!

Comment by PittofDreams 12.26.13 @ 4:06 pm

Interesting note by PD on the previous thread. reporting that Conner has been getting some work during bowl practices on both sides of the ball and may see some action at DE.

Not sure if this indicates any sort of permanent move to DE or more of a Myles Jack-type role (UCLA) that John Dudley of the Erie Times-News mentioned that would see Conner play both sides of the ball.

For a long time, I was against the idea of moving him to DE on a permanent basis unless he markedly outperformed any of the incumbents on the depth chart. I also thought that the position had some good young depth in the form of Price, Soto & Render that didn’t really merit moving an established and effective RB.

But Chryst loves to rotate RBs. He did it at Wisconsin all the time. With Bennett and Ibrahim back and both James and Ollison bringing in the potential to contribute next year, I wouldn’t have a huge issue moving Conner provided that he plays in the two-deep DE rotation.

The idea of him contributing on both sides of the ball has me very intrigued as well, given that he won’t be a 20-carry-a-game back here.

Comment by Stoosh 12.26.13 @ 4:09 pm


#2 was a classic and very true, but even I of mustard and blue feel #1 just reigned.

“Weis’ financial destruction across the football landscape was extensive.”-best line EVER!

Comment by Jbizz 12.26.13 @ 4:16 pm

Lets go Pitt!

Comment by MariettaMike 12.26.13 @ 4:17 pm

When a Bowl is meaningless, there’s only one thing to do. Make it MEAN SOMETHING!

Assuming Connor is healthy… maybe we’ll finally get to see what he can do behind a rejuvenated O-line with Hollins at Left Tackle.

GO PITT! The Pins are racked. Time to GO BOWLING!!

Comment by PittofDreams 12.26.13 @ 4:19 pm

Despite everything that has went on with pitt football ib last few years i proud to be a panther fan. In leaving work early so i watch savage donald exact some revenge on bowling green. I predict savage has his best game of the year. Go Pitt

Comment by zach 12.26.13 @ 4:28 pm

Posting on my phone sucks i apologize for all the typos

Comment by zach 12.26.13 @ 4:30 pm

Is anyone at the game and, if so, is Street inpads warming up with the team?


p.s. Where are you Dr Tom?

Comment by pmdH2P 12.26.13 @ 5:16 pm

Sam Werner ?@SWernerPG
#Pitt WR Devin Street not in uniform for warmups. No surprise, but he won’t go tonight.

Comment by Mailman 12.26.13 @ 5:18 pm

Charlie Weiss was the supreme asshole. Even the folks in South Bend thought he was a jerk. Great to see him as #1 on the list.

@Stoosh. How cool would that be with Conner playing both ways?


Comment by pmdH2P 12.26.13 @ 5:18 pm

Thanks Mailman. Ugh. We can still win, but it would be so much better with him. Time for the youngsters to step up.


Comment by pmdH2P 12.26.13 @ 5:19 pm

Make us proud Pitt. Go out a winner. H2P!

Comment by TX Panther 12.26.13 @ 5:26 pm

Hopefully Tinker can get some reps with Street out. He’s a senior too & it would be nice if he could see the field. Let’s go Pitt!

Comment by Nick 12.26.13 @ 5:33 pm

From #2: “What did we learn? It’s hard to run a college football program from behind bars.”

It’s even harder with Cyanide Steve running the show…

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 5:43 pm

More news…

Sam Werner ?@SWernerPG
Malcolm Crockett (the old No. 32) is not with the team today and will likely transfer.

Jerry DiPaola ?@JDiPaola_Trib
WR Kevin Weatherspoon, who hurt his ankle vs. Miami, is on crutches, won’t play. As expected, Devin Street’s injuries will keep him out.

Sam Werner ?@SWernerPG 7m
Cory King and Adam Bisnowaty are also both out tonight. John Guy could serve as a swing man along the line.

Jerry DiPaola ?@JDiPaola_Trib
Also not with team is backup RB Malcolm Crockett, who is planning to transfer. There is a chance RB James Conner will see some action at DE

Comment by Mailman 12.26.13 @ 5:48 pm

so no street, murphy, king, or rotheram tonight. great.

Comment by rhyno527 12.26.13 @ 5:48 pm

All white uniforms, playing against a tough defense, an opposing QB that has something to prove…all recipes for a typical Pitt let-down. Hoping it is different. This is a typical game where I’m hoping history doesn’t repeat itself. Staying positive…

Comment by Pendlum 12.26.13 @ 6:01 pm

@pmh2p, just got settled into my Savannah digs. The wife and I are down here for a couple days of golf with some friends who live down here right on their club’s course. It’s supposed to be warm in Georgia, right? We’ll 56 degrees is not my idea of warm! Oh we’ll, now it’s time for our Pitt game so things will get warmed up soon enough.

Still not having Street is really baad! That means it’s time for Tinker to step up and contribute in HIS last game as well.

Gotta love these guys talking about meaningless bowl games! Last time I checked about 20 bowls are supposedly “meaningless” as are most regular season games for half the teams that play FBS football. Why do they even play anyhow? Oh yeah, that’s right! The players love to play and compete and true fans love to support their respective teams and cheer them on to victory.

So as one other Pitt fan previously said, HAIL TO FRICKIN PITT????

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 6:01 pm

I’m surprised all of these guys are still out; hopefully it can be overcome. I don’t have a good feeling about this game, hope I’m wrong.

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 6:03 pm

Well that was an ugly start. BG looks much more excited.

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 6:05 pm

Love seeing Donald stuck in beast mode

Comment by Pendlum 12.26.13 @ 6:08 pm

Johnson found out its hard to play with your center in your lap.

Comment by Nick 12.26.13 @ 6:08 pm

Soto is a true freshman. He looked good on that 1st series.

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 6:08 pm

Donald being held again

Comment by pd 12.26.13 @ 6:09 pm

AD was held. No call on that 3rd & 20.

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 6:09 pm

Is it just me or was AD held on all 3 plays?

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 6:11 pm

Come on offense

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 6:12 pm

If Pitts o-line was getting overpowered all the time, I would blame talent. The fact that in game 13 they can’t pick up a simple LB fire is on the coaches.

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 6:14 pm

I’m starting to get that sick feeling. I know it’s early but the offense looks like crap and their offense is moving.

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 6:18 pm

And now Vinopal was held on that scramble

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 6:18 pm

Connor on defense. After watching Bennett do nothing, I would rather see him on Offense.

Comment by Pendlum 12.26.13 @ 6:18 pm

Ezell says no. That was an awesome play.

Comment by Pendlum 12.26.13 @ 6:20 pm

Nice stop there…

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 6:21 pm

Agree Connor needs to be on offense

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 6:21 pm

Only 6 O linemen available for the game. Hmmm.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 6:22 pm

I agree with the announcers Ezell got away with a horse collar there

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 6:22 pm

Conner needs to go both ways, Iron Man football

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 6:23 pm

Now Conner on O

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 6:25 pm

Love watching Boyd making plays, but is Savage looking at anyone else? At some point the double-team will happen and he needs to look through those progressions.

Comment by Pendlum 12.26.13 @ 6:27 pm

Tyler Boyd is so effing good.

If Pitt gets Kamara to add to him, holy crap.

Comment by Stoosh 12.26.13 @ 6:28 pm

With BG blitzing can you say slants, screens and shovel passes? Nice run Connor!

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 6:28 pm


Comment by pd 12.26.13 @ 6:28 pm

Also please use the TEs in the passing game!

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 6:29 pm


Comment by Stoosh 12.26.13 @ 6:29 pm

Yeahhhhhhhhhhh baby!!!!! Run it down their throat!!!!

Comment by Mailman 12.26.13 @ 6:30 pm

That’s what they needed. Conner is so much more effective than Bennett. Keep him off the Defense.

Comment by Pendlum 12.26.13 @ 6:30 pm

Maybe they better put 9 guys in the box… :-)

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 6:30 pm

James Connor 6, Bowling Green 3

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 6:30 pm

Nice return and drive…OLine powered to fuel Conner!

Hail to PITT!

Comment by Oregon_Panther 12.26.13 @ 6:30 pm

Power football!

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 6:30 pm

The Connor Show

Comment by Gordo 12.26.13 @ 6:30 pm

Never mind just give Connor the ball and let him go. Our Oline is much better at run blocking

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 6:30 pm

Iron Man Conner!

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 6:30 pm

The James Conner show…
About time somebody gets this team fired up!

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 6:31 pm

Pound it baby!

Comment by Nick 12.26.13 @ 6:31 pm

And the makeshift O line does it’s job. So we owe this score to Pitts, Savage, Boyd and Connors. And what’s left of the O line. Thank you gentlemen.

Now it’s the D’s turn. Again.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 6:31 pm

Yeah, Conner is looking better as RB than a DE so far 😉

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 6:31 pm

Offensive line knocking BG of the line!

Comment by Oakland-boy72 12.26.13 @ 6:31 pm

Freshmen looking great so far

Comment by pd 12.26.13 @ 6:31 pm

Connor. Oops.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 6:31 pm

Conner. One more typo and I have to hire a proofreader.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 6:32 pm

Lots of good talent in the past two years recruiting classes.

Comment by Gordo 12.26.13 @ 6:37 pm

Random: 13 players from Florida on Bowling Green’s roster.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 6:38 pm

Connor can play. Keep him on O and he rushes for over 200. They can stop him. Too much power and vision.

Hendrix trying to earn some Sunday money! He looks good good today.

Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 12.26.13 @ 6:40 pm

Need to put together another long drive

Comment by pd 12.26.13 @ 6:41 pm

Nice dance Connor

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 6:44 pm

Big 4th and short coming up.

Comment by Mailman 12.26.13 @ 6:47 pm

Why move Connor to defense at all? Keep him as a running back!

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 6:47 pm

Savage had the QB sneak before that TO.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 6:48 pm

what happened w/Murphy and Rotheram?

Comment by markp 12.26.13 @ 6:48 pm

Don’t punt on this TO, need to go for it.

Comment by pd 12.26.13 @ 6:48 pm

Proud to drive two “UAW” car’s

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 6:49 pm

NFL pass Savage

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 6:52 pm

Boyd comesofflimpingafter that long reception.

Comment by markp 12.26.13 @ 6:52 pm

Is anyone really missing Robert Foster now? Serious question

Comment by Gordo 12.26.13 @ 6:53 pm

Should be 14. Grrr.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 6:54 pm

What a catch by Boyd, too bad that wasn’t six.

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 6:55 pm

Wasn’t that catch reviewable. Foster who?

Comment by pd 12.26.13 @ 6:55 pm

Yes I am still missing Robert foster. Love Boyd but having them both would have been awesome!

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 6:56 pm

Savage missed Boyd it’s what has happened all season, pitt looks like the superior team they need to keep rolling

Comment by Steve h 12.26.13 @ 6:56 pm

Quaterback blowing up

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 6:59 pm

How bout that DEE

Comment by pd 12.26.13 @ 7:00 pm

Wow. Coach House’s defense looking good thus far.

Comment by Mailman 12.26.13 @ 7:00 pm

Now I know why Johnson wanted to play for Pitt

Comment by Nick 12.26.13 @ 7:00 pm

Clairton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Calling

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 7:01 pm

4 sacks anybody wanna diss coach House, and the special teams looking good too

Comment by Steve h 12.26.13 @ 7:01 pm


Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 7:01 pm

Man is this fun for a change

Comment by pd 12.26.13 @ 7:01 pm


Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 7:01 pm

I think BG being favored has these guys fired up!

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 7:01 pm

TYLER BOYD!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 7:02 pm

Boyd should’ve been returning punts all year long!!!

Pile the points on!

Comment by Mailman 12.26.13 @ 7:02 pm

Did we hire a special teams coach during the break? Or maybe it’s just the Tyler Boyd effect…

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 7:02 pm

That was BOYDacious!

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 7:02 pm

Aaron Donald looks like he’s wearing a BG jersey he’s being wrapped up and held so much.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 7:03 pm

Woaaa……Tyler should have been back there all year long…are you kidding me.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 7:03 pm

That’s what 4 stars do for a program.

Comment by TX Panther 12.26.13 @ 7:03 pm

Lets see a few trick plays now,,,,open up the play book…!!!!

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 7:04 pm

Boyd has 147 all purpose yards so far

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 7:04 pm

17 pts for Pitt frosh, future looks bright

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 7:05 pm

Are you effing kidding me???? Penalty on AD???? After the way they’ve been manhandling him????

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 7:09 pm

AD penalty cost us 7

Comment by Steve h 12.26.13 @ 7:14 pm

Donald held on every play loses temper and costs us a td. I think he owes us one and will pay back.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 7:14 pm

Todd Thomas gives up the touchdown

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 7:15 pm

I don’t know if it’s really a good idea to get Aaron Donald pissed off. Even though it cost us seven I think it might come back to haunt Bowling Green

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 7:15 pm

Yikes. Thomas could not have had any tighter coverage. A little off balance, but QB put it in the right place.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 7:16 pm

Dang Boyd is special!

Comment by Joe Lawrence 12.26.13 @ 7:18 pm

I guess there’s no PI in the Sun Belt.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 7:18 pm

No flag?? No face mask?? That guy was all over Boyd.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 7:18 pm

Devin who?

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 7:18 pm

That penalty on Donald was huge, really changed momentum. It’s pretty clear that even with all of the injuries Pitt is the better team, but it is still a one score game. Hope Savage is ok…

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 7:25 pm

PITT almost played a complete half of football…until the Donald penalty.

AD is losing his cool.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 7:26 pm

The guys who want to see our quarterback for next year get into the game, might get their wish in the second half

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 7:27 pm

Nick Grigsby has been great on the pass rush. And too bad Vinopal isn’t a couple inches taller, he’d make a great LB.

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 7:29 pm

Iron Duke, It’s a shame, because they were deep in their own territory and instead of punt they get 15 yards and 1st down.


Comment by Justinian 12.26.13 @ 7:29 pm

Hopefully Savage is alright. The Panthers have to do better with their pass blocking!

Comment by Justinian 12.26.13 @ 7:30 pm

Savage having a super game. Hope he can finish. He is very tough, be surprised if he doesn’t.

What a difference between Conner and Bennett.

Need to come out strong in the second half.

Amazing how depleted our forces are, going to have to use the waterboy soon.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 7:30 pm

I was hoping we could get through this game without doing something stupid but I guess that was asking too much.

Comment by MariettaMike 12.26.13 @ 7:32 pm

This ESPN crew is really bad, and that chick on the sidelines is annoying as hell.

This isn’t the ‘B’ team,’C’ team or even ‘D’ team.

It’s the ‘Z’ team !

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 7:32 pm

Everyone wants House fired, but the offensive line is a sieve. Simple stunts that the line can’t handle.

Comment by gas 12.26.13 @ 7:34 pm

Cheap call against Donald, usually the retaliation gets the call. Could have let it go. It’s an effing bowl game. I guess the Outland trophy gets you no special treatment. Seems like just the opposite.

At least we came to play, guys seem really fired up.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 7:34 pm

If this is the last Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl, I think it will be the 2nd bowl we’ve played in, that was the year ever for that bowl.

Tangerine Bowl of 1978 we beat NC State in, was last ever Tangerine Bowl I believe. So sad :-( lol

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 7:35 pm

I like her hair

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 7:35 pm

agree gas, Rotheram let that guy get right by him on 2nd to last play we had the ball.

Don’t see anything great about this Huebner, Hueber guy. Other than being another PC crony.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 7:37 pm

lol Doc

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 7:38 pm

Emel, we did our best to put the BBVA Compass Bowl out of its misery!!!

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 7:38 pm

Pitt played in Tangerine Bowl in 2001

Comment by Nick 12.26.13 @ 7:39 pm

AD highlighted on ESPN

link to

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 7:40 pm

Big Joke wants out of Little Caesar Bowl, they don’t their fraudness exposed by any more games with MAC teams.

Think I created a new word….fraudness. haha

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 7:41 pm

That wasn’t the same Tangerine Bowl in bowl lineage.

Yes there is a thing …called bowl lineage. :-)

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 7:42 pm

Can we finish off this ugly uniformed team (BG) with Chad playing QB ? Yes/No

P.S. BG’s prison garb uni’s even make our horrid all white’s look good. Let’s Go PITT !!!

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 7:44 pm

Pitt radio says Voytik has helmet on & is warming up.

Comment by Nick 12.26.13 @ 7:46 pm

Emel, I thought Rotheram was out.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 7:47 pm

I think it was Hollins that missed the block.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 7:47 pm


Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 7:48 pm

Blatant hold on BG.

Comment by Pendlum 12.26.13 @ 7:48 pm

Wow….I it’s the Cincy game all over again.

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 7:49 pm

OMG. These referees are horrific.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 7:49 pm

SOP. 7 should be ejected.

Comment by Nick 12.26.13 @ 7:49 pm

And a personal foul and still NO FUCKING PENALTIES on BG. What the fuck is this????

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 7:49 pm

Replay shows we got robbed

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 7:50 pm

Looks like BG has the refs in their back pocket…

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 7:50 pm

Apologies to all for the foul language.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 7:50 pm

Same ole Pitt.

Effin Refs should have called both ways on the Donald foul.

Why do they get the touchdown?

What Bullshit

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 7:50 pm

#7 – holds punches ….and matching penalties…that sucks.l

Comment by markp 12.26.13 @ 7:50 pm

This is as confusing as the way PITT plays.

link to

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 7:51 pm

The run back blows, but that was a BS call, that PF occurred during the run, and should not have been off-setting.

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 7:51 pm

Nothing like BG throwing punches and allowed to stay in the game. Sun Belt officials really aren’t doing much in the game.

Comment by Pendlum 12.26.13 @ 7:51 pm


Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 7:51 pm

Connor is a beast

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 7:52 pm

Connor haven’t quit

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 7:52 pm

Chick has large hands

Connor a beast today !!!

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 7:53 pm

Pitt looks like Auburn on the ground…

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 7:53 pm

Oline can’t pass block but they can run block!

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 7:53 pm

the guy still should not be able to run the kick off back.

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 7:54 pm

Chad looks a little small out there. Blewett.

Oy Vey

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 7:55 pm

Special teams going south

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 7:55 pm

Does BG do anything wrong?

The guy punched back at Donald on the PF. Boyd was interfered with on the catch. Garner didn’t punch back but was penalized. I’ve seen Pitt defensive jerseys pulled and arm bars by the BG OL. BG has tried to anticipate the snap multiple times and not been flagged yet.

Without the PF Pitt is up by at least three TDs.

Looks liked special team issues are back. Poor KO coverage and a missed FG.

Comment by Barvo 12.26.13 @ 7:55 pm

That should have been 6

Comment by Steve h 12.26.13 @ 7:55 pm

At least we don’t need any help with a special teams coach!

Comment by Dan 72 12.26.13 @ 7:55 pm

hopefully the team won’t self-destruct.

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 7:56 pm

I swear Pitt never met success it liked…

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 7:56 pm

Chad is a leader and I think he will be ok.

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 7:56 pm

wasted connor’s efforts there.

Defense needs to put these BG clowns in their place now.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 7:56 pm

Not executing. Garner with the drop that would have been a first down.

Comment by Barvo 12.26.13 @ 7:57 pm

17 to 17 shit

Comment by Frankcan 12.26.13 @ 7:57 pm

@ironduke post of the year!

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 7:57 pm

What is happening in this game? Pitt needs to stay fired up on Defense, work through adversity at QB by calling smart plays, and the refs need to open their eyes. Garner was blatantly held and then punched a few times – but they were given points.

Comment by Pendlum 12.26.13 @ 7:57 pm

We are seeing our future. Time for him to prove himself.
If he doesn’t then expect a JUCO transfer

Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 12.26.13 @ 7:58 pm

BG Heffer line.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 7:58 pm

Fair is fair, we need to knock their QB out.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 7:58 pm

Time for a turnover, no?

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 7:59 pm

Another kick return for a td good job out of half time

Comment by Carey 12.26.13 @ 7:59 pm

Jack Lippert in there?????????????

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 8:03 pm

#3 trying to pass rush – pulled down -no call

Comment by markp 12.26.13 @ 8:03 pm

Todd Thomas with a miss on that tackle

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 8:03 pm

Wow I would have went for it

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 8:04 pm

wtf. now we’re playing like the PITT we know & love.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 8:04 pm

Connor 12 carries for 120 yds.

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 8:05 pm

the ref’s are not missing the tackles or not catching the passes.

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 8:05 pm

This next Pitt drive is very important. They go 3 and out we are in trouble.

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 8:05 pm

It is going to be up to Voytik for victory

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 8:05 pm

Gut check time.

Comment by MariettaMike 12.26.13 @ 8:06 pm

I would imagine Chad is a better passer on a rollout. So I know we have those plays in the playbook, cause Savage ran them before.

And better yet, just give the ball to Connor and get out of the way !!!

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 8:06 pm

i think he can do it, as long as connor keeps running strong.

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 8:06 pm

Midway through the third quarter and BG still doesn’t have one penalty yard. Unbelievable. Un effing believable.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 8:06 pm

Aaron Donald took off his equipment and walked out of the stadium. Only at Pitt!

Comment by Dan 72 12.26.13 @ 8:08 pm

Use those TEs!

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 8:08 pm

Wow. They finally got them for offsides

Comment by Nick 12.26.13 @ 8:11 pm

REALLY??? I’m channeling my inner John McEnroe here. Are you kidding me???? Offsetting penalties again????

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 8:12 pm

I will say one thing, Voytik gets the ball into the RBs hands very quickly.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 8:12 pm

@Dan 72 – is that true about AD?

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 8:12 pm

Don’t ever move Connor to defense again

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 8:13 pm

I like this Connor

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 8:13 pm

Might amend my previous statements about Conner eventually moving to DE.

Doing this behind a patchwork O-line when just about everyone on the BG defense knows he’s getting the ball is pretty impressive.

Comment by Stoosh 12.26.13 @ 8:14 pm

this bullshit

Comment by Frankcan 12.26.13 @ 8:14 pm

These Sun Belt chumps should stay their asses in the south

Comment by Nick 12.26.13 @ 8:16 pm

Nice no replay of the interference on the incompletion ESPN…

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 8:16 pm

Why move Connor? Next year we have him james and Bennett as 3rd string. Ollison takes a redshirt. Looks good to me!

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 8:16 pm

And no PI on Holtz there? This is unreal. They have one guy playing who should have been ejected. Even these idiot announcers say it every time they call his number. And yet there is not one measly penalty yard on BG yet.

I know we are used to getting job but this is beyond ludicrous.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 8:17 pm

I know we have backs coming in next year, but surely Conner is not going to be moved to DE after this game. Surely.

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 8:17 pm

Dokish with a good point on Twitter, looking forward to next year:

“With Voytik next year Pitt could be more running, passes to the TE, and getting the ball to Boyd early and letting him run. All good things.”

Comment by Stoosh 12.26.13 @ 8:17 pm

You know, there’s a pretty good crowd at this game, and they’re seeing a very competitive game, so far.

Invaluable game experience for Voytik happening right now

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 8:18 pm

According to alums at the stadium, he and Chryst had words and he started taking off his uni right before the half. One of the announcers said they found his uni but no AD. Great, now he will be one of those pro’s who announces his high school when he is introduced on Sundays

Comment by Dan 72 12.26.13 @ 8:18 pm

Turning into a hell of a football game.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 8:18 pm

This is why when you have an apprentice HC like Chryst, he has to learn during the year to give his second team QB reps!

Comment by Dan 72 12.26.13 @ 8:20 pm

Aaron Donald on the field

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 8:20 pm

They were talking about Savage’ uni. Donald in there.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 8:21 pm

The optimist in me says Pitt loses this by a touchdown. The pessimist in me says that Pitt completely falls apart and loses by 20. Either face is a Pitt beating. We should be giving these chumps an ass beating but we appear to be the same ole Pitt from the past 25 years. Come on and let’s get our shit together and win this one.

Comment by TX Panther 12.26.13 @ 8:22 pm

Clairton rules!

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 8:22 pm

Thats how they play D in Clairton

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 8:22 pm

ad is playing..

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 8:23 pm

Connor has almost as many yards as BG’s whole team and the game’s tied.

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 8:25 pm

It was Savage with the uni off…..not Donald.

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 8:26 pm

Why even consider Bennett? He is half the player that we have in Conner.

Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 12.26.13 @ 8:29 pm

these are two evenly matched teams….this is what you get when you have two MAC schools playing each other…ugh

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 8:29 pm

as long as the mac team from pgh wins, i’m good..

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 8:30 pm

imagine conner running with all those hogs chryst has recruited…yikes

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 8:30 pm

Werner just pretty much confirmed on Twitter that Conner was only working in at DE this week because of injuries.

After this performance, they need to base the running game next year on Conner as the primary back.

Comment by Stoosh 12.26.13 @ 8:31 pm

Conner, Voytik, Boyd, Johnson, Holtz, etc. all major contributors, this fourth-quarter is a preview of the future of Pitt football. Hail to Pitt, time to bring home a hard fought win

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 8:32 pm

Voytik with two throws into the endzone in the third qtr. Third times the charm.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 8:32 pm

offensive is decimatedby injuries and we are holding on (after 3).

Comment by markp 12.26.13 @ 8:33 pm

Through 3 quarters:

James Conner – 196 rushing yards

BGU – 195 total yards

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 8:33 pm

Grigsby growing up.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 8:33 pm

Is bowling green our new rival…it’s been nasty all game!!

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 8:33 pm

nice soft coverage.

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 8:34 pm


Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 8:34 pm

OMG OMFG OMG OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 8:36 pm

Pit has to get pressure on the QB there on such a long pass…sad.

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 8:37 pm

Can’t catch a break

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 8:37 pm

vinapol has like 1000 tackles tonight

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 8:38 pm

gotta make ur own breaks.

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 8:38 pm

Unbelievable. Unbelievable. Unbelievable.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 8:39 pm

Voytek’s legacy begins on this drive..99 yard drive cmon up!!

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 8:39 pm

“Can’t catch a break.”
Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 8:37 pm

Understatement of the year.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 8:39 pm

67 yd punt and no return :-(

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 8:40 pm

We need a punter like that

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 8:40 pm

And Rohn Stark strikes again

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 8:40 pm

Just once I want to play in an exciting game that isn’t decided by incompetent refs.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 8:41 pm

the ref’s will always be the x factor that teams have to overcome

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 8:42 pm

We only have to go 99 yards. What does Emel say?

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 8:42 pm

thata boy chad

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 8:44 pm

City league!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 8:44 pm

I like where Voytik’s head is (at) in his first meaningful playing time.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 8:45 pm

Big clutch play for Chad with pressure in his face!

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 8:45 pm

yeeeeeeeeeees…..that was beatutiful!!!

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 8:48 pm

@goalie44 – it seems like we have to overcome it more than most. Doesn’t seem to be having a deleterious effect on BG

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 8:48 pm

Yeah baby!

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 8:48 pm

Oh Yeah!

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 8:48 pm

Voytik looks like he will be just fine next year!

Comment by Joe Lawrence 12.26.13 @ 8:48 pm

that was also a great call

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 8:48 pm

Holy hell.

Comment by Mailman 12.26.13 @ 8:48 pm


Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 8:49 pm

Voytik has been especially solid on those roll-outs. I’m really liking what I’m seeing from this kid so far.

Comment by Stoosh 12.26.13 @ 8:49 pm

pitt dad
i’m sure there’s no mandate to screw pitt.

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 8:50 pm


Comment by Stoosh 12.26.13 @ 8:50 pm

I love that voytek is a duel threat QB…..his legacy began on the drive….all hail chad!!

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 8:50 pm

A star is born!

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 8:50 pm

Alright Chad…1rst career TD !!!

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 8:50 pm

28 pts for frosh tonight

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 8:50 pm

Nice for Voytik, need that confidence for next year.

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 8:50 pm

Ha….BG doesn’t know Voytek can run.

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 8:50 pm

Nice! I call that play at home. Roll out the Voytik.

Comment by Panther Pride 12.26.13 @ 8:50 pm

Ohhhhhhhh baby!


Comment by Mailman 12.26.13 @ 8:51 pm

98 yard, 4th quarter TD drive. #WTF

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 8:51 pm

That drive was all Voytik and Boyd. Folks I think Voutik has grown up!

Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 12.26.13 @ 8:51 pm

98 yds & a big TD!

Comment by Nick 12.26.13 @ 8:51 pm


Comment by pd 12.26.13 @ 8:51 pm

he’s a right handed version of palko….from what Ive seen

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 8:51 pm

uh…I think the future looks pretty bright!

Comment by markp 12.26.13 @ 8:52 pm

nice work boys!! c;mon defense!

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 8:52 pm

This is a good game for Voytek’s coming out.

Comment by MariettaMike 12.26.13 @ 8:52 pm

Didn’t someone say earlier Chad needed this drive to start his legacy? Seems like he got it.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 8:52 pm

Kid is good on the rollouts ala Joe Montana

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 8:52 pm

That was a great drive for building hope in the future.

Comment by Pendlum 12.26.13 @ 8:52 pm

Let’s stop em D. Impressed with Chad. He’s got moxy.

Comment by TX Panther 12.26.13 @ 8:53 pm

How many yards did that crippled up Pitt offense just go? That’s right baby! 98!

Too bad that this is such a meaningless bowl game! Yes I am giving the BIRD right now!

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 8:53 pm

Thank you Todd Graham for bringing us Chad Voytik.

Thank you Chad Voytik for being an all-around great teammate and Pitt Panther and sticking around. If this is any sort of indication, the next few years will be much fun.

Comment by Stoosh 12.26.13 @ 8:53 pm

the good news: we scored
the bad news: we have to kick-off

Comment by wbb 12.26.13 @ 8:53 pm

98 yards in 6 plays

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 8:53 pm

Great time for a turnover

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 8:54 pm

Voytik is getting some good experience for next year. He’s looking good so far…

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 8:54 pm

I’m going give Fraud the benefit of the doubt, and believe he will take a little bit of pride with Pitt’s last TD

Comment by wbb 12.26.13 @ 8:55 pm

oh god….if we win tonight..we’re all gonna expect pitt to go like10-2 next year…ugh

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 8:56 pm

Huge hold on Donald not called

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 8:58 pm

Defense is Jekyll and Hyde this drive. Big plays for losses and then giving up big plays for 1st downs.

Comment by Pendlum 12.26.13 @ 8:59 pm

Was that a pick play?

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 9:00 pm

House’s soft, 4 man rush vanilla defense is not looking good…

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 9:00 pm

And a clip om that one

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 9:01 pm

let’s give the refs hate pitt a rest.. terrible defense…2nd and 18 and they convert!

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 9:01 pm

Those D backs need help.

Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 12.26.13 @ 9:01 pm

poor angles on tackling on the sideline reflect lackluster coaching

Need to blitz this QB or he’ll (as they said) pick us apart

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 9:02 pm

imagine that…our defense was unorganized….doesn’t the unit take the actions of it’s coach…house has got to go!!

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 9:02 pm

I know I am a homer but this is ridiculous

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 9:02 pm

we went from an agressive defense tosoft…that missedFG hurts!

Comment by markp 12.26.13 @ 9:03 pm

@goalie44 and jackagain – it’s hard to play good defense when you’re being held on every play. I’ve been replaying between plays. It is virtually every play there is at least one hold. And not one has been called.

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 9:03 pm

Coles needs to work on his tackling

Comment by pd 12.26.13 @ 9:04 pm

that works for both teams.

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 9:04 pm

You got to give them credit, that was a great throw by Johnson

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 9:05 pm

on every play for both sides, there will be infractions.

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 9:05 pm

We had success with the blitz all night. Was there a blitz on that drive?

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 9:05 pm

This game is really on Voytik’s shoulders for sure now.

Comment by Panther Pride 12.26.13 @ 9:05 pm

it’s chad time!!

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 9:06 pm

thats a big no iron duke!!

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 9:06 pm

I’m sorry but I still feel the defense is way too soft. Come on chad!

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 9:07 pm

@PittDad, yeah, but they’re rushing 4 and giving too much separation on the corner coverage. That’s how a MAC team gets to go 75 yards against us.

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 9:07 pm

I love the running aspect of voyke’s game…college fbal thrives with this type of qb

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 9:08 pm

Wasn’t Joe Montana #16 ?

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 9:08 pm

See…these guys still think Savage is at QB….he can run!

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 9:08 pm

Wow…Conner just passed Tony Dorsett for a bowl record in rushing….

Comment by Pendlum 12.26.13 @ 9:09 pm

Number 15 on BGSU wants no part of Conner

Comment by WLAT and the Big Beat 12.26.13 @ 9:09 pm

Don’t leave them any clock

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 9:09 pm

Future of our offense is looking bright!

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 9:10 pm

naked boot leg..

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 9:10 pm

no!!….they should have run a naked boot leg..damnt

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 9:11 pm

Would’ve liked to have seen the boot with Voytik right there.

Comment by Mailman 12.26.13 @ 9:11 pm

come on you’ve gotta go for it there!

Comment by Kenny Powers 12.26.13 @ 9:12 pm

too predictable should have ran cv

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 9:12 pm

Haha announcer just said our defense is playing good. Haha

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 9:12 pm

Too much time left

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 9:12 pm

well…our plain ordinary defense will win or lose the game….house has to go if they give up a td?!

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 9:12 pm

Blewitt didn’t…

Comment by Joe Lawrence 12.26.13 @ 9:13 pm

Cmon D….

Comment by markp 12.26.13 @ 9:13 pm

Cover this damn kick.

Comment by Panther Pride 12.26.13 @ 9:13 pm

Funny these ESPN a-holes aren’t saying all these key plays being made by PITT are by true FRESHMEN…yet we here about BG’s underclassmen

It’s been a BG Centric broadcast

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 9:13 pm

Fingers crossed.

Comment by MariettaMike 12.26.13 @ 9:14 pm

100% I would’ve gone for the first down do not lose control of the game! With a first down that is a win no doubt about it for Pitt. Connor could have got that in asleep

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 9:14 pm

Can Matt House call the right defensive formations to stop BGSU?

Comment by WLAT and the Big Beat 12.26.13 @ 9:14 pm

agreed dr. tom

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 9:15 pm

They have a monster kicker, must make a stop

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 9:15 pm

House has to go period.

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 9:15 pm

Okay it’s all on Pitt’s defense!

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 9:15 pm

Conner getting held like crazy.

Comment by Mailman 12.26.13 @ 9:16 pm

Connor a beast on defense too? Lol

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 9:16 pm

omg…..conner is the BEST football player EVER…I love this guy

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 9:16 pm

(Faint) a holding call…

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 9:16 pm

Conner for Heisman

Comment by Nick 12.26.13 @ 9:16 pm

Conner is a beast

Comment by Panther Pride 12.26.13 @ 9:17 pm

Need Vinopal INT

Comment by Panther Pride 12.26.13 @ 9:17 pm


Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 9:18 pm


Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 9:19 pm

Connor needs a sack!

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 9:19 pm


Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 9:20 pm

we win the game…..horray

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 9:20 pm

Pitt covers

Comment by alcofan 12.26.13 @ 9:21 pm

Thank You! HTP!!!

Comment by Panther Pride 12.26.13 @ 9:21 pm

great job pitt, mac team or crummy bowl, pitt makes me proud.

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 9:21 pm

Way to finish AD. Great win boys! Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Nick 12.26.13 @ 9:21 pm

Boys our offense looks bright. Let’s hope jamil kamara was watching!

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 9:22 pm

We had em all the way!

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 9:22 pm


Comment by MariettaMike 12.26.13 @ 9:22 pm

this game had a little of everything.



Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 9:22 pm

Great game to end the season.
Game balls to Connor, Boyd, Voytik, Savage, Vinopal, and the O line. PC got his boys ready.


Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 12.26.13 @ 9:22 pm

Yeah a meaningless ball game!

Hail to Pitt!

Where is Tyler Palko when we need the appropriate quote!

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 9:22 pm

That 62 yard pass was huge…Voytik got some good experience and looks good. A QB who can run is sweeeet.

I feel a lot better about next year now…

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 9:23 pm

Does Conner have a twin? Can we clone him?
Helluva game by the freshmen, give this team credit for resiliency.
7-6 = progress…

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 9:23 pm

not meaningless to the players dr. tom

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 9:23 pm

Shawn, Adonis Jenning was watching .. he tweeted early in the game with encouragement to Pitt

Comment by wbb 12.26.13 @ 9:23 pm

Panther Pride is BACK!

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 9:23 pm

Congrats Panthers-MAC champions

Comment by cas myzlinski 12.26.13 @ 9:25 pm

A very positive beginning for the 2014 season.


Comment by MariettaMike 12.26.13 @ 9:25 pm

He burnt it down tonite, so I say FIRE HOUSE!

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 9:25 pm

great effort on both sides of the ball – H2P!

Comment by markp 12.26.13 @ 9:26 pm

Nice win something to build on and hopefully it translates into some recruits on the bubble committing to Pitt.

Comment by WLAT and the Big Beat 12.26.13 @ 9:26 pm

Hail to PITT!!!

Comment by Kenny Powers 12.26.13 @ 9:27 pm

We won a bowl game with freshmen leading the way.

Many thanks to Donald, Ezell, Hendricks, Savage, Street, Schlieper, Hollins and all the other Seniors.

What a start for Voytik, great game by our freshmen superstars, Boyd and Conner.

We are now the MAC Champions.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 9:27 pm

that was one of the longest 31 seconds of my life

Comment by Frankcan 12.26.13 @ 9:27 pm

Love they way they won this game. Now lets lock up a couple more recruits. Hail to Pitt!!!

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.26.13 @ 9:28 pm

go get those recruits

Comment by Frank MD 12.26.13 @ 9:28 pm

Future looks bright at QB . It makes you wonder why Chryst all season long would play a one legged Savage over Voytik.
Offense looks like it should be ready for 2014 , now what do we do on defense without Donald and Ezelle.

Comment by Spindler's Spirit 12.26.13 @ 9:29 pm

very fun game to watch…hope we can build on it..alot of younginz were in there

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 9:30 pm

ELEPHANT backfield Conner and Ollison

Comment by pd 12.26.13 @ 9:30 pm

Voytik played like a champion, very poised.

Conner breaks Tony Dorsett bowl record and plays excellent defensive end.

Goalie44, we beat the refs too!

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 9:31 pm

I saw no dropoff in play from Voytik…his arm isn’t quite as strong as Savage, but he can run. Huge 3rd down conversion in our own end late in the game and good decision making throughout.

Great D in the end…these guys were fired up and wanted this one bad. I would be sick if after all the talk and no calls on AD being held, if Pitt would have lost this one.

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 9:31 pm

Fun game and nice end to an interesting season.

Players wanted to win on both sides. Very chippy start to finish.

Now lets go and have a great basketball season!!!!!!!


Comment by TVax 12.26.13 @ 9:31 pm

ESPN unbelievable. They got to a commercial as soon as the trophy ceremony begins after showing a silent field for 2+ mins & come back at the end of Chryst’s speech

Comment by Nick 12.26.13 @ 9:32 pm

Wow, that was probably the most entertaining Pitt Bowl Win since the 1981 Sugar Bowl…Marino to John Brown for the win !!

Even PC spoke with more energy and vitality.

H2P !

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 9:32 pm

lol NIck….right we got a dose of that loudmouth Samuel L. Jackson instead of PC.

Not about to do business with Capital One, their interest rates suck anyway !

F*ck em

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 9:34 pm

GC, Yes, he did! Great performances by Voytik, Conner, and Boyd. After the penalty on Aaron Donald everything seemed to be going Bowling Green’s way. To the Panther’s credit they hung in there and gutted it out. As ugly as things got they continued to play hard. Big win going into next season.

Comment by Justinian 12.26.13 @ 9:35 pm

Connor goes 2 ways…what on Earth has gotten into the Pitt coaching staff. 3 man lines, 4 man line at times was very good.

They kept Durham off the field (major positive)

They blitzed in the 1rst half. (should have kept that up with Grigsby) And the Clairton kids played just super. Tyler is just too much.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 9:37 pm


Comment by Frankcan 12.26.13 @ 9:37 pm

Very entertaining game and satisfying win. Thank you Santa.

Comment by TX Panther 12.26.13 @ 9:38 pm

Keep recruiting those O-linemen and Tight ends and running backs that can go both ways.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 9:39 pm

Should have started Voytik after the VT game we would have won 9 or 10 this year. So this “horrible” coaching staff took a make shift O line a bunch of freshman in the defensive backfield and a freshman QB, who by the way didn’t get sacked one time so keep blaming the line for Savage being the most sacked QB in FBS,lmao, and they beat a 10 win team and a top offense and a D coordinator that some people want hired at Pitt. LOL!!! Great job coach Chryst and staff looking forward to next year. Hail to Pitt!!!!!!

Comment by Steve h 12.26.13 @ 9:40 pm

Dr. Tom, Since Tyler Palko isn’t on the blog to articulate how we all feel, You may have come off the bench ala Voytik and deliver the neccessary expletives. @#&*&%$@@*&%#

Comment by Justinian 12.26.13 @ 9:41 pm

duel threat qb’s own the college game…voytek could have a lot of fun if he plays like this the next few years

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 9:41 pm

Frankcan, I like it, Dr Voytik, he has the prescription for victory.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 9:42 pm

Voytik looked very comfortable back there, made smart decisions and used his mobility. Conner is simply a beast ( 3 stars BTW) and Boyd is silly good.

Despite the departure of AD and Savage, with the easier schedule next year it hard to see how the Panthers don’t continue to improve.

Crappy home schedule or not, I’ll be there.

Comment by Joe Lawrence 12.26.13 @ 9:42 pm


Excellent note about the Clairton kids. Howard and Webb both had excellent games given their relative inexperience (I think it was Howard that provided some excellent defense on that deep ball in the 3rd quarter).

And Boyd. What else can you say?

Comment by Stoosh 12.26.13 @ 9:43 pm

Dr Voytik, no longer our secret weapon

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 9:44 pm


7-6! H2P!

Lots of young guys in the game tonight.

Comment by JR 12.26.13 @ 9:44 pm

A dynamic QB makes the offense very dangerous and unpredictable. But make no mistake, Savage is NFL caliber. And Chad will be just fine next year.

Comment by TX Panther 12.26.13 @ 9:44 pm

should we starts the SELLOUT HEINZ FEILD slogan now??….lol…..hard to believe they did once sellout the season when Fitz was there

Comment by Keith 12.26.13 @ 9:44 pm

Connor looks better with 1 day of practice at DE than Murphy & Durham with 10 years of practice.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 9:46 pm

Is it at all conceivable that Chryst wanted to keep Voytik off the field this year to prevent getting him injured? He knew he had Savage for just this year, why risk an injury to your QB of the future?

Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 9:48 pm

gc, Pitt is the MAC champ! Hahaha!

I give Chryst credit for finding ways to make this game meaningful for the players: used the senior angle, the underdog angle, the winning record angle, the progress angle.

It worked. They played with a chip on their shoulder tonight, really more than any game since Chryst has been here. I don’t want to see constant posturing or stupid penalties, but the edginess they had tonight was refreshing.

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 9:49 pm

You ever notice that the Panther pussies who have nothing to offer but criticism about Pitt NEVER EVER comment when they come through big? Yeah, I’m calling you out Upittbaseball.

Also, did anyone give a shit about what Coach Chryst was wearing tonite?

This is why this bowl game was a must win. Can you imagine the scene in the Pitt locker room right now? Do you think guys like Street, Savage and Spoon are showing any love to the guys like Conner, Boyd and Voytik who stepped up and put this team on their back to bring home this win?

This experience bonds all of these young guys together going forward. I’m so proud of this team! Savor this win, you earned it over all the adversity thrown at you!

This is a preview of going back to the future, because what we witnessed tonite was definitely NOT the same old Pitt.

I’d call it more like “The New Pitt” that looked a lot like the real old Pitt! Circa 1975->83 or such?

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.26.13 @ 9:50 pm

Offense looks like it will be in good shape next year. I know kamara announces on the 4th what about Jennings?

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 9:50 pm

When the Clairton Kids put on some man muscle this off season, they are going to make a fierce backfield next year.

Forgot to mention how important Vinopal turned out to be for this team. I was one that thought he was a weak link early in the season. Sorry Ray, “You the Man”

Another great game for Ray Vinopal today.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 9:50 pm

Don’t know how I feel about Connor breaking TD’s bowl rushing record from the National Title Sugar Bowl game.

This was after all the Pizza Pizza Bowl. lol

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 9:50 pm

As much criticism as the Pitt staff received by not getting all the top local kids aside, they have some nice skill players on offense. They got a few good big offensive linemen coming in. Who wouldn’t to block for Conner the way he runs? Besides that I like Voytik’s mobility and he will have Conner and Boyd to work with.

Comment by Justinian 12.26.13 @ 9:52 pm

Tyler is amazing now, wait till he adds some more muscle.

Can you say unstoppable !!!

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 9:53 pm

I think Vinopal is a junior next yr right?

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 9:55 pm

TX Panther with all due respect there isn’t a chance in hell that Savage plays a down in the NFL. Not only is he slow of feet but his mechanics are terrible and his thought process is terrible. He locks in on one receiver he can’t throw the short passes and he can’t read a defence. The only thing Tom has is a great arm and that’s not going to cut it in the big leagues.

Comment by Steve h 12.26.13 @ 9:56 pm

Two Pitt bowl records broken tonight. By Freshmen. The future looks quite bright.


Comment by Pitt Dad 12.26.13 @ 9:58 pm

Pitt tonite:

21 first downs
487 Total Yards
232 Passing (Voytik- 108)
255 Rushing (Connor- 229)
21.6 YPC – Boyd
54 Yd Punt Return TD – Boyd
3-4 FG’s inlcuding game winner (39 Yd.- Blewitt)

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 9:59 pm

Grigsby looked like an athlete tonight, maybe we’re not so thin at backer next year.

Comment by Marcus of Schaumburg 12.26.13 @ 10:00 pm

Steve h, disagree about Savage. Not saying he will be a high draft pick but he’ll get a good look. Tall guy with strong arm, 2 attributes NFL luvs

Comment by wbb 12.26.13 @ 10:00 pm

Savage got better as the season progressed with the short pass. Put him behind an NFL good line and there are worse QB’s in the NFL presently.

Take into account Savage has ONLY played 2 seasons in college.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 10:01 pm

DR TOM!!!!!!!!!!! Well said.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 12.26.13 @ 10:01 pm

Easy with the Voytik superiority guys. He may end up being a better QB in the long run, but Pitt beats BG tonight with Savage too. And with either, Pitt still a 7-6 team this year.

Just the fact that Conner could look so good at DE on the pass rush with a sprained ankle, after running for 230 yds, and with just a few practices tells you all you need to know about our regular DEs this year. We really need someone to step up at that position next year.

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 10:03 pm

Vinopal will be a senior. Very glad to be wrong about him. Played very well down the stretch& was huge tonight.

Comment by Nick 12.26.13 @ 10:03 pm

very impressed with the young dudes tonight. Donald, Hendricks, Ezell and Savage all played well but the youth shined.

Comment by wbb 12.26.13 @ 10:03 pm

And he can put the ball on the money pretty consistently, 50 yards down field.

He will certainly be on someone’s roster next NFL season.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 10:03 pm

He will get a look. Those mechanics can be corrected. And I think he can mentally change his ways. Somewhat of a project but definitely the best Pitt QB in some time. Better than Palko and he made the pros. I do like Chad and what he can bring. Don’t think we’ll see many deep passes but he will scramble and be a tougher QB to game plan against. We’re in good hands with Voytik.

Comment by TX Panther 12.26.13 @ 10:06 pm

Dr Tom, This win makes the off season so much more palatable and hopeful. The misery quotient has been lowered by at least 50%.

The way it was done, with our new field General at the helm, could not be more positive.

Voytik did something that hasn’t been done for a long time, a winning drive. The defense added the exclamation point, since they made him do it twice.

As was said above, it was great to see this team play with emotion and passion.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 10:06 pm

@ Iron Duke

How can you move Connor to DE when he just broke Tony Dorsett’s 37 year old Bowl rushing record ?

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 10:06 pm

Very happy with the win, Voytik came in and played very well, Boyd will be a superstar. I know Conner had a great game but I believe he’ll be playing D next year because that’s where PITT is lacking talent. Also, the secondary still gave up to many third and long plays. I hope the momentum continues into the spring.

Comment by Pittastic 12.26.13 @ 10:06 pm

BG fans on ESPN are complaining that BG looked ‘different’ because they lost their HC. LOL…

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Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 10:08 pm

When Connor wasn’t hurt this year, our ground game was pretty good. He ran roughshod over Duke as well.

I like his upright running style, reminds me of Eric Dickerson of the LA Rams.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 10:08 pm

No no Emel, I don’t want to move Conner to DE! Just saying he looked so much better than the guys who played there all year! Just shows how weak we were at that position.

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 10:10 pm

If Wanny was HC, Boyd would playing DE next year…let alone Conner.

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 10:11 pm

Game highlites up already !

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Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 10:12 pm

Must keep Connor at RB. Yes the defense needs help but he is just too good at RB!

Comment by Shawn 12.26.13 @ 10:14 pm

Iron Duke, not totally positive Pitt wins with Savage tonight. Probably, but one fumble one interception and who knows. Voytik made some awfully big plays with no big mistakes. He also has much better legs which he used well.

He will get his chance to blow the big game, but tonight he is Mr. 100%.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 10:14 pm

just saw your earlier comment about the refs. good one!!

Comment by goalie44 12.26.13 @ 10:15 pm

Well the head coach in Tampa Bay would side with me on Savage. After all he benched him in his second year at Rutgers for a kid named Dodd, and the fact that you guys think he improved you must give kudos to the O staff for his improvement. I see the same guy that played in Jersey 4 years ago so I will respectfully agree to disagree and we shall see.

Comment by Steve h 12.26.13 @ 10:16 pm

Thank you Rushel Shell for leaving. Conner showed what true desire really means. We want players who want to play at Pitt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go freshman. Conner is a beast

Comment by BFoss 12.26.13 @ 10:17 pm

Agree bigtime Iron Duke, Durham was a waste of a position when he was on the field. Murphy was slightly better.

They played a different scheme tonite for most of the game. AD was on the End of the line in a 3 man front with gave us 1 more LB (Grigsby) to move around from side to side.

Then they sort of went back into ‘bend don’t break ‘ thru much of the 2nd half.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 10:17 pm

So I think the fact that true Freshmen Boyd, Conner, Orndorf,Ibrahim, Webb, Howard and Galambos says something about Chryst’s recruiting.
I think the staff has an eye for talent that fits their needs. I’m sure Henry, Nicholsen and Mckenzie would have been great additions, but if they wanted them they would have got them. I think they know what kind of player they are seeking and it apparently wasn’t those three.
I think we’ll be the staffs praises in three years about how they were able to identify hidden gems.

Comment by Jimbo 12.26.13 @ 10:19 pm

BG fans on ESPN are complaining that BG looked ‘different’ because they lost their HC. LOL…
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Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 10:08 pm

Jack, tell the tools we had to play our backup QB the whole 2nd half. A kid who threw 2 passes all year. Plus we had no Street. With Devin, I think we would have ‘cake walked’.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 10:21 pm

Conner should play the position he is best suited for in the pros and it should be up to him and his family to decide.

Savage will play pro ball, if only the practice squad, he will get great coaching and full time work because he can make the throws and has the size. He will have a couple of years to make it or not. I know one thing, behind a solid offensive line, with a good running back he could be dangerous.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 10:24 pm

So did tonight’s win impress any remaining 4 star prospects? I think it just might have.

Comment by TX Panther 12.26.13 @ 10:24 pm

lol Jimbo…let’s not get carried away. It was after a win over an unranked MAC team.

It felt great and still does. ie…..I’m not that drunk……

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 10:25 pm

Will do Emel…one clown blamed the BG loss on the refs…LOL. They went the whole game until their last possession before they got a one sided penalty against them. Unbelievable….

Comment by Jackagain 12.26.13 @ 10:27 pm

It was a win after all….^^^^^

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 10:27 pm

BG fans are right, it would have been tougher against their coaches. Too bad for them, but we have been there done that.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 10:30 pm

Wow! Just wow! Didn’t expect this at all! Boyd is flat out a beast and it will be dangerous when his route running improves even more next year. The catch if the year was his one in the end zone that was out of bounds. How did he do that? The Hammer is like John Riggins! He runs with a tenacity like I’ve never seen! He runs to hit others! And Voytek we knew was athletic but some of his throws got me out of the chair! The deep one was great, but the third down conversion in our own end zone over top if the defender was great! We have a great future with these young players! Just remember, we are Pitt so lets keep it real! But I’m very excited!! Hail to Pitt! See you in the fall!

Comment by Sweet Caroline 12.26.13 @ 10:30 pm

Not only that Emel we played freshman at every position.
Johnson on the line, Conner, Voytik, Boyd, Soto, Galambos, and the Clairton crew at DB the only position was TE that frosh didn’t play.

Comment by Steve h 12.26.13 @ 10:31 pm

My bad that was Schlieper not Rotheram on the whiff that got Savage crunched, Pitt had a revamped O-line tonite with DJ & Schleiper at the Guards and Clemmings & Hollins at the Tackles.

They were pretty good other than the 2 late sacks of Tommy in the 1rst half.

Funny how that all worked out. Tommy took such a beating during the season and nothing could keep him out.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 10:32 pm

Emel, My American Honey is tasting much sweeter tonight. A win is so much better…

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 10:33 pm

gc, I hear you, but the way Pitt was running the ball, I think Pitt wins with either Savage or Voytik. Actually praise for Voytik. When Savage didn’t return, I thought we were done. Voytik showed tonight he belongs at this level.

Comment by Iron Duke 12.26.13 @ 10:35 pm

@ gc.

Their OC & DC were both there. Only the HC was missing. Schier got the big special teams kickoff return which got them back in the game.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 10:35 pm

^^ gc

no doubt bro. Cheers !

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 10:37 pm

Go Figure

I’m in the mood for some Pizza now ! :-)

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 10:39 pm

Great to see us put up 450 comments on a win. I guess it would have been 900 if we lost.

Hail to Pitt!, see you at the Pete.

Comment by gc 12.26.13 @ 10:40 pm

Emel, this was a MAC team we were predicted to lose to by 7.
If you don’t think the freshmen played well for most of the season you must not have been watching all the games.

Comment by Jimbo 12.26.13 @ 10:43 pm

Great game on all fronts…The freshmen came to play, and played well. AD was held with great regularity, and when he was tackled late in the game, I thought we’d get a safety as the BG QB was in the end zone.

I was impressed with PC. He gets a lot of criticism for not emoting a lot, but when he called a timeout when we had only 10 men on the field, I give hi credit for retaining his cool and being encouraging. Also, he gave Voytik a chance to win the game.

The future looks bright indeed!

As always, I am proud to be an alum and fan of PITT!

Hail to PITT,

Comment by Oregon_Panther 12.26.13 @ 10:47 pm

wow it was down to +4 yesterday. Lot of late suckers on BG. Good for them.

Yes I watched most if not all of the games.
Boyd, Connor & Blewitt and the Clairton kids were pretty good all year.

Comment by Emel 12.26.13 @ 10:49 pm

HTP – what a night!

Comment by PITT it IS 12.26.13 @ 10:59 pm

Connor will be a two-way star next year. He’s too good at DE to keep him off the field. He’s too good at RB to keep him off the field. Match him up as part of Thunder and Lightening combo with Ibrahim and/or James and unleash him on opposing quaterbacks on passing downs. Kid is a stud.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.26.13 @ 11:08 pm

I’m all fired up for another game, now I have to wait till next year.

Comment by pd 12.26.13 @ 11:08 pm

Connor will be a two-way star next year. He’s too good at DE to keep him off the field. He’s too good at RB to keep him off the field. Match him up as part of Thunder and Lightening combo with Ibrahim and/or James and unleash him on opposing quarterbacks on passing downs. Kid is a stud.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.26.13 @ 11:09 pm

Other than the final score, the best part of this game was the fire that the team played with…love it….Looks like the pieces are in place for the offense next season.

Comment by HbgFrank 12.27.13 @ 1:01 am

Just curious – watching the game on ESPN – I know what the yellow line is (First Down), and I know what the black line is (Scrimmage),

but what is the Green line?

Comment by 17YearsAtPitt 12.27.13 @ 5:57 am

Field goal line. It’s when the kicker is in range. Stupid imaginary line for fans who can’t figure it out for themselves.

Comment by TX Panther 12.27.13 @ 8:00 am

it even says on the line “field goal range”

Comment by PITT it IS 12.27.13 @ 8:59 am

So it’s the team’s kicker’s longest FG, or some kind of “average?”

Comment by 17YearsAtPitt 12.28.13 @ 7:55 am

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