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October 8, 2016

Blewitt=Yellow Jacket Slayer

Filed under: ACC,Football,Narduzzi — Justin @ 4:47 pm

Fourth and One from their own 34. A little over two minutes to go. Georgia Tech was barely contained on the ground all day long, but most of the big gains were pitches to the outside. The Yellow Jackets opted to just go for the yard and run inside. Tyrique Jarrett said NOPE. I myself thought Georgia Tech was going to score after the long touchdown to Orndoff. The defense has blown it or come close to doing so five games in a row. Leave it to the senior nose tackle, all 335 pounds of him, to put the offense in position to win.

Nate Peterman is really blossoming the past two games. The coaches have given him a lot more freedom to throw and the rewards are obvious. Peterman was 14/20 and at least two of those incompletions were drops. If Pitt is going to make a push for the Coastal division (go Hokies today!) he’ll need to continue to make defenses respect the pass. The coaches are also letting WRs make mistakes and still trusting them. Opportunities are there even if they aren’t always capitalized on. Just keep giving the young corps chances and it’ll work out more often than not.

One thing no one saw headed into this season was the emergence of Chawntez Moss. It was well-known that the coaches liked him a lot and planned on using him even as a true freshman. But he’s arguably the 1B to Conner at 1A right now and bare minimum he’s ahead of Ollison and Hall. Conner hasn’t looked 100% lately and Moss has taken advantage of the additional responsibility. Moss has 20 carries for 142 yards the last two games and looks to have the speed, agility, and power to be the next great Pitt back.

The defense…eh. Overall it was their best game against a P5 foe but it’s still nowhere near good enough. I wonder if a redshirt or two will be burnt soon, especially if Avonte Maddox misses any time with his wrist/arm injury. Georgia Tech also doesn’t pass a lot, which takes away Pitt’s best asset on defense, the pass rush. There were plenty of tackles for a loss, mainly by Shakir Soto, but too many big plays followed to let the Yellow Jackets move the chains.

With a trip to Charlottesville next week, Pitt is still looking for its first road win. 4-0 at home, 0-2 on the road. A win will enable Pitt to keep hopes alive of a trip to the ACC Championship game. UVA is still figuring things out under Bronco Mendenhall, but a win over Duke last week shows they can’t be taken lightly.

What say you? Happy for another ugly win or wondering if another road game will spell disaster for the season?





I think we are getting better on both sides of the ball. If it weren’t for the kick return I don’t think this game would nearly have been so close, growing pains.
Really digging the offense play calling, Moss is a stud.
Blewitt makes me nervous, what was all that nonsense from Orndorf his roommate, I bet Chris likes to party.
I think we will take care of Virginia, if VT holds against UNC that Thursday night game is going to be a thriller.
I’all definitely head to Pittsburgh for that game.
Hail Pitt
Notre Dame sucks, I love it, let’s flip recruits our way!

Comment by Justin Gilmore 10.08.16 @ 4:59 pm

Justin – nice write up, post game. The D did improve slightly, only giving up 27 points and 7 were to a short field following a turnover.

The stop by Jarrett and company on 4th and 1 was a statement and gives the D something to build on.

We win at uva next week.

HTP!

Comment by Erie Express 10.08.16 @ 5:47 pm

Last year’s success with a pretty decent cupboard kind of took the focus off of the fact that this is still only year 2 for this coaching staff.

Big win over GT even if we needed a couple of big bounces our way to pull it off. Tech has kind of turned into the coastal game I want to win the most every year. Cool to pull it off two straight.

Coastal is still very much in play even if it’s uphill, but hitting a bowl game still needs to be considered a pretty solid season, even sitting at 4-2. Hail!

Comment by AJMayo 10.08.16 @ 6:05 pm

For all the people who left after GT took the lead, as the great Mike Lange would say, shame on you for six weeks. You missed a great finish. I bet your fair weather behinds weren’t even out of the stadium before Orndoff crossed the goal line.

Comment by Nick 10.08.16 @ 6:39 pm

Great win today. Although I was extremely disappointed in the crowd. Homecoming, throwback uniforms, and a nice October football afternoon. Please don’t say threat of rain. You wanna talk rain look at some of the games feeling Matthew’s wrath.

Virginia Tech just opened the Coastal race back up. Although I think they opened it to themselves and Miami. Son of a bitch Pitt should have beat UNC. Had the lead for 59:58. Coaching upgrades in the Coastal being felt immediately. Let’s hope Duzz is up to the challenge?

Speaking of coaching upgrades I believe UVA made one also. But to answer Justin’s question I think Pitt wins Saturday. Six years of Mike London will take some time for Mendenhall to fix.

Pitt better win Saturday if they want to continue #The Pursuit…

A win against The Hoo’s in Charlottesville makes for a very important Thursday night clash with V Tech. I know we have had their number but it’s not Beamer Ball anymore. Foster’s D still there and now the very sharp offensive mind of Justin Fuente. Going to be an extremely tough game. But shit, this is Pitt they could easily lay an egg in Charlotesville and essentially kill any chance at a Coastal championship.

Screw it. Gonna keep my buzz going, enjoy some more college football, some MLB playoffs( sadly no Buctober), and most importantly enjoy this Pitt W!

Hail to Pitt!!

Comment by Pap76 10.08.16 @ 6:45 pm

Pitt: Great uniforms. I don’t know why this uniform was abandoned. Great win, just like old times in old time uniforms. H2P!

Comment by MariettaMike 10.08.16 @ 7:28 pm

Missed the entire game – driving back to Savannah – but sure have enjoyed reading you guys’ comments. Hate I missed it, but will watch the ACC replay later in the week. 5-2 next week in Hoo-ville (not to be confused with Hooterville!) H2P

Comment by Savannah Panther 10.08.16 @ 8:16 pm

Jack again and panther94: thanks for the update on last thread! Much appreciated. GC: I’ve said (to myself) several times that just 2years ago, we would have been blown out in most of this year’s game. Now we are able to hang in, and have a real chance for the W. It didn’t work out on 2 occasions this year, but we are certainly headed in the right direction.

Comment by Savannah Panther 10.08.16 @ 8:26 pm

Mystery recruit revealed…

The Pat Signal from waaay back on Sept 10th following the Pedo St win was New Jersey OL Carter Warren. Considered the 7th best prospectin Jersey. Of the four major recruiting sites two had him as a 4 star and the other two had him a 3 star.

Narduzzi is an old school football coach who no doubt loves him some lineman. Offensive or on D. He inherited a very good OL from Chryst, keep it going. The game is won in the trenches.

Narduzzi seems to have a better grasp of recruiting and building depth across the board than Paulie did. Roughly 10 more scholarships to give. I think 4 star TE Charles Reeves will be next to sign on…

Great to follow a nice win with some good recruiting news…

Comment by Pap76 10.08.16 @ 8:53 pm

Great win! We will take it. First game I saw in person this year and one thing stood out. Whitehead is not as great as advertised. Sorry but I was not impressed with his performance!

Narduzzi is going to have to do something as Madddox replacement was being picked on a lot!

Comment by JohntheListener 10.08.16 @ 8:58 pm

Stop.. So happy we won. But.. Our D can’t stop the pass against a team that can’t pass. And Orndoff’s TD was pure luck. He was wide open but Peterman’s throw was LATE.
There’s no way some of you are even watching these games. Did you see UNC get smashed? How about Marshall getting killed by North Texas (Joe Greene doesn’t play there anymore.) Who have we actually beaten?

I’m a former student, future Pitt Dad and current (long-time) season ticket holder and I’m less than impressed.

I’m sure they’re great kids and the staff are great guys but this is a mediocre football team, at best.

Comment by Jay91 10.08.16 @ 10:47 pm

Please keep those uniforms!!! I felt I was watching Pitt again, and not shades of ND, Navy, GT, and God knows who else. How can those in charge of of our image not see how striking Pitt looked. Keep the colors and do like Oregon–variate them!

Comment by pittinlivingcolor 10.08.16 @ 10:55 pm

Back from the game and dinner w old friends. I guess 37-40,000 at the game.
Why would Pitt wear any other uniform?

Whitehead is a linebacker playing out of position at safety.
He is a very average safety.

Comment by Dan 72 10.08.16 @ 11:20 pm

You guess wrong

Comment by Nick 10.08.16 @ 11:49 pm

Dan 72 – the attendance was 47,425 – not bad…

The student section filled up right as the game started. They even had a good psu chant going mid-game that brought smiles to our sections faces.

Next opponent is 1-0 in the ACC Coastal – uva.

Clobber the Cavs!

Comment by Erie Express 10.09.16 @ 7:04 am

@@@@@

4-2! Can’t help thinking about the lose to UNC. My number
is 8-4 at year end. The program is improving and OC Canda
has been a great add. Duz is the man to lead us to higher
ground.

Comment by JR 10.09.16 @ 7:07 am

H2P!!!
Lots to complain about this game like:
1 – Terrible kickoff coverage by Ibrahim/Blewitt
2 – Pitt LBs are slow and generally struggle in the fundamentals of tackling
3 – Pitt’s secondary, very very weak every game

However, lets also give this team the credit it deserves for perseverance. The 4th down stop was an amazing team effort, with Tyrique making the initial stop but Galambos making sure the RB didn’t fall forward for the extra inch needed

I disagree with the pass to Orndorff, it was a good pass that GT was lucky to get a finger tip on, and thankfully Orndorff was ready and able to adjust to catch the tip. Against Miami/Clemson if they don’t let Peterman throw more often, the games could get very ugly.

On the bright side, Moss is Pitt’s next great RB and likely won’t be here after his junior year. His running style is similar to Leveon Bell, he’s patient but then hits the hole with speed and balance. Then great cuts in the open field.

Weah is a great surprise, and Matthews made a real nice catch on a short hard toss by Peterman. I think he’s going to be very good. Q Hederson has been the best player on offense this year.

The player of this game in my mind was Soto, he ran down QB and RB from the backside 5-6 times that made a huge difference. Probably the best game of his career and hopefully only the beginning for him because it is needed. Also Tyrique did a great job clogging up the middle which was the big difference from the Navy debacle

We need Lamont Wade desperately and he’ll be playing on day 1 if he picks the Panthers. Hopefully Hamlin/Coleman are as good as advertised because poor Ryan Lewis is hopeless. I’m still hopeful that Dane Jackson will be better than Maddox with some increased playing time. He’s taller and stronger so the tangibles are in his favor.

I have come to agree, that Whitehead is not a safety as he is so slow to react to the ball and despite his marvelous speed he is seldom around the ball on long passes to help his CBs. I wonder if his future is a LB, as he’s not afraid of hitting and his speed off the edge would make him a great rush specialist, if taught the correct technique. T Webb, UGH!!!

Let’s keep it going and beat Va getting to 5-2. If they do, I’m predicting a 7-5 season which wouldn’t be bad given the tougher schedule. God is the NC loss heart breaking now.

Comment by Taxing Matters 10.09.16 @ 5:31 pm

Still recovering from my climb up to the upper deck tier but the game was worth it in spite of the scare from big plays given up.These close wins would have been close losses under Chryst. Things noticed on defense:1 Too many tackles not wrapped up. Average stop was the third tackler after 2 misses.2 Failure by some players to stay with assignment on option. 3.Same old on CBs with failure to look for the ball.4. While speed is increasing each year we need to continue to increase it at all positions.The O looked pretty good for the most part and agree that Peterman is a real find and that Canada’s play calling is outstanding as is his getting the most out of each player according to his strengths.I knew VT Virginia and Miami would be tougher this yea with coaching changes an scheme changes. Good crowd but should have been better for a homecoming weekend. Will not seein my lifetime but we did do better with seats filled at old Pitt stadium on campus. One more reason I really am glad Steve Peterson got the old tomahawk chop.

Comment by Pitt60 10.09.16 @ 7:16 pm

Three things:
1. Chawntez Moss has to get more carries.
2. The passing game is getting better. The Panthers need to be able to throw when opponents pack the box.
3. The defensive secondary has to get better. Particularly against the deep ball.

Comment by Justinian 10.09.16 @ 8:58 pm

Unis were GREAT. I believe we changed the colors to the present blah blue and gold of Navy/ND by Nebraskan who also changed our name to Pittsburgh. When will we dump all his nonsense? Probably not with a Ute in charge who doesnt know anything.

Kudos to all offense and to O’Canada though they lost it for a while once they got a bigger lead. I have always preferred fast, lean DEs. Soto has been great where he has speed to penetrate. I have given TJ grief for a belly bigger than mine and lack of stamina. His stamina is much better this year and that stop was awesome – thought he was going to squeeze the GT RB to death. See us getting our first road win.
Hail to Pitt. Full speed ahead.

Comment by rkb 10.09.16 @ 9:16 pm

So, how does Pitt get passed up by NC State in the ACC power rankings (ESPN) because NCSU beat Notre Lame in a hurricane? I mean, the Domers already lost to Duke…they’re obviously not the same team this year and GTech has a better record. Makes no freaking sense!

Comment by panther94 10.09.16 @ 10:16 pm

Burn Hamlin redshirt. We need him right now!

Comment by Dan 72 10.09.16 @ 10:40 pm

Don’t get me wrong. I love our coaching staff and it is only the second year.

But, does anybody know how many years the University of Washington coach has been on the job?

Chris Petersen is coaching his third year at the University of Washington. I’m not sure PITT will be rated in the top ten next year as Washington is so far this year.

In all fairness Chris Petersen inherited a better team and recruits than did Narduzzi and staff and it is tougher to recruit at PITT.

Petersen was a QB coach at PITT for a year when Van Pellet was our QB.

Boy! does a good recruiting coach and staff make a difference.

Great job getting a Carter Warren to commit to PITT. It’s getting great press in the North Jersey papers. This is a kid everybody wanted.

Who knows Carter Warren may be another Jabrill Peppers coming out of North Jersey.

He is 6’7″ and 315 lbs. and is playing both offensive and defensive line.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 10.09.16 @ 11:04 pm

rkb and the rest who like the 1970’s uniforms, sorry not me. It worked in the 70′ when I wore wide stripped bell bottoms, wild plaids, and long sideburns. Mustard yellow and bright blue is old fashioned. Looks like Tulsa and, sorry, they are not big league.

We had blue helmets, navy shirts, and old gold pants when I was at PITT. They looked good then and still look good today.

The new blue helmets are a nice touch too. There is something timeless about dark blue shirts and the old gold helmets combo.

They are not Annapolis or Notre Dame colors. They are PITT colors. We had them first!

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 10.09.16 @ 11:37 pm

We’re 500 in the four 50/50 games we’ve played, and we’re getting better. This team has a lot of new pieces and a lot of moving pieces. There may be some bad days, but I expect the pieces to snap into place suddenly and formidably.

Comment by LA Panther 10.10.16 @ 1:00 am

@opg,

majors brought in the script and mustard, so if pitt was wearing blue helmets and navy shirts, it had to have been between 70-72?

Comment by goalie44 10.10.16 @ 8:54 am

Pitt’s throwbacks won by a large margin on the ESPN poll of throwbacks conducted over the last several days.

Pitt won in 37 of the 50 states. Beating the throwbacks of the U (when they were in the NC game), Oregon, king of the trendy uniform. Utah and NC State.

link to espn.com

People around the country love them and indeed around the World. As Pitt won in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, France, Germany, Finland, Poland, Urkaine, Greece, Hungary, Serbia, Tanzania, Iran, Pakistan (who knew), Thailand (pitt students always enjoyed Thai Stick), Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and all the GI’s in South Korea.

Locally Pitt got 83% of the vote in Penna. and even the Hoopies like the uni’s with 52%. Pitt even won in Deep South states like Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and South Carolina.

Where Pitt didn’t finish 1st, they finished 2nd in just about every remaining state.

Overall Pitt got 37% of the vote. Next closet.
Miami with 26%.

Hope the dolts in the AD office take notice.

Comment by Emel 10.10.16 @ 10:44 am

Nope goalie

Pitt wore Gold Helmets, blue with gold pants in those years. From 1966 to Majors as well.

I think a few years back in the early ’60’s when Ditka was on the team they might have wore blue helmets.

Those things are horrid.

Comment by Emel 10.10.16 @ 10:47 am

I like Pitt’s original and current colors, gold and Navy blue. However I have no problem with the the throwback uniforms that they wore on Saturday. During Johnny Majors’ tme in the 70s he switched to royal blue and mustard. I prefer the mustard to yellow. Just win baby.

Comment by Justinian 10.10.16 @ 11:33 am

There was not 47k at Heinz Field

Moss will be here four years

Weah is a very marginal receiver who will be neutralized against better DBs

Ga tech is not that good

It’s a 7\5 team that is agonizingly slowly moving in the right direction

But good lord….. some of you refuse to see the flaws.

Comment by Tallahassee panther 10.10.16 @ 12:25 pm

rbk, The Pitt colors were Navy Blue and gold with the gold helmets when I started going to the game in the 1960s and early 70s. When Johnny Majors he changed the colors to royal blue and mustard, largely to illustrate a change in culture. In the 80s the colors you saw on Saturday, the mustard gave way to yellow. During the Walt Harris era, again to highlight change, they returned to old Pitt colors of Navy Blue and Gold. They also dropped Pitt for Pittsburgh which no one liked. Fortunately we finally got our trademark name back. Personally I prefer the Navy blue and Gold, followed by the Royal Blue and mustard, but I’m even ok with the Royal Blue and yellow. It doesn’t matter to me nearly as much as the Pitt vs Pittsburgh thing. I just want the Panthers to do well.

Comment by Justinian 10.10.16 @ 12:28 pm

Positives-

Unis- As everyone, even non-Pitt people have commented, those unis are a huge upgrade. In fact, so much so, that not wearing them will now look a little foolish.

OL – For as much accolades as our OL receives, I think we sometimes overlook the fact that their passing blocking is very marginal. Maybe the new scheme takes some time to adjust to?

DL – We now have 3 seniors playing well, kudos to the coaching staff on this transition. Hopefully, given the senior emphasis, we get some younger players experience now so there won’t be too huge of a dropoff next year. Good to see Herndon get in and make a nice play.

DBs – Disappointing to lose Maddox, especially for his sake personally, but this is a good job for someone else to step in and earn some pt. I can’t imagine there would be much of a drop-off subbing for either corner. Honestly, nothing personal against either guy, but every long pass is either complete or interference.

And finally, would like to know how macV is doing in practice…

Comment by 1618mt 10.10.16 @ 12:40 pm

I don’t care what colors they wear as long as they win.

Did you know that the first use of numbers on the uniforms of football players was by Pitt in 1908?

H2P!!!

Comment by Pitt Dad 10.10.16 @ 12:45 pm

emel, that’s what i thought. i never remember seeing them in blue helmets..

opg,
we were trend setters way back then. also wasn’t pitt the first to do a radio broadcast of a college game as well. that was certainly before my time.

Comment by goalie44 10.10.16 @ 1:13 pm

Pitt Dad, Yes, just win baby.

Comment by Justinian 10.10.16 @ 1:14 pm

From Wikipedia:

First live radio broadcast of a college football game in the United States when Harold W. Arlin announced the 21–13 Pitt victory in the Backyard Brawl over West Virginia at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh on KDKA on October 8, 1921.

First nationwide television broadcast of a live sporting event, a football game against Duke at Pitt Stadium, was televised coast-to-coast by NBC on September 29, 1951.

First live regular-season broadcast by ESPN of a college football game when eventual national champion BYU defeated Pitt, 20–14, at Pitt Stadium on September 1, 1984

H2P!!!

Comment by Pitt Dad 10.10.16 @ 1:19 pm

I like Matt Canada’s offense. They just have to keep working on and developing the passing game. Tyler Boyd was an outstanding college receiver. They have to get to the point where they have enough confidence in our receivers to go to them key situations. At crunch time in the Oklahoma State and North Carolina games the Panthers were unable to get the 1st down when the other team packed the box. You have to able to make your opponents pay in those situations.

Comment by Justinian 10.10.16 @ 1:24 pm

Emel, What………..you didn’t get a tally from North Korea on the Pitt throwback uniforms?

Comment by Justinian 10.10.16 @ 2:00 pm

I love the offense. Fun to watch and can put up points fast when it needs to. This was a very good win for Pitt.

Disappointed that the defense appears to have made no progress between last season and now. Every team says they “have things to fix” or “get better at” at this point in the season…..Guess what, that is all coach speak. This team is as good as it is going to be for the rest of this season. So settle in and drink plenty of your beverage of choice before and during the rest of the games because you are going to need it!

Comment by HbgFrank 10.10.16 @ 3:32 pm

I doesn’t matter what us old guys think, uniforms are marketing tool. And this is a business.

Comment by 1618mt 10.10.16 @ 3:52 pm

Chris Blewitt… NOT always Accurate. NOT always Pretty.

But the All-Time BEST Kicker in Pitt History.

Recruited by Paul Chryst.

Comment by PittofDreams 10.10.16 @ 3:54 pm

By the way, there were NOT 47,000 people in the Stands… unless they were disguised in YELLOW Tarps.

But it was a BETTER Crowd than I expected given the weather and everything else.

Comment by PittofDreams 10.10.16 @ 4:20 pm

Amen 1618. We do bad job with branding. Being at the game Saturday and seeing those boldly colored uniforms in our boldly colored stadium just looked right. A permanent switch to these uniform colors back in May would have appeared to most as a no-brainer. Instead our colors are a lasting reminder of the genius that SP brought to Pitt.

Comment by HbgFrank 10.10.16 @ 4:24 pm

I was there & there was absolutely 47,000 people in the stands. Not at kickoff & not at the end, but the place was pretty full by the end of the 1st qt. I sit in the endzone & the only part I can’t see is the upper endzone, so I have 95% of the stadium covered.

Comment by Nick 10.10.16 @ 5:29 pm

I agree with Nick on the attendance. Plus, the official bloc score shows 47,424

Comment by Erie Express 10.10.16 @ 6:21 pm

Oh, and I too was at the game. My section was 90% full

Comment by Erie Express 10.10.16 @ 6:23 pm

Wrecking machine –

link to mobile.twitter.com

HTP!

Comment by Erie Express 10.10.16 @ 6:37 pm

As far as the Unis go… ABSOLUTELY looked more like Pitt.

But they got to tweak ’em. Make them MORE like the Unis from ’76 when Pitt won the National Championship.

BETTER Colors… BIGGER Numbers and Pant Stripes.

It’ll take some time. But they’ll get there.

Comment by PittofDreams 10.10.16 @ 7:35 pm

Although I do get the BRIGHT Yellow matching the color of the empty Heinz MUSTARD seats.

But how about we go back to the Dark Mustard when Pitt was Winning BIG and fill up those seats?

No longer an issue.

Comment by PittofDreams 10.10.16 @ 7:38 pm

Goalie44, early 60’s we had the blue helmets. Emel is right again. I think Hart was the one who came out with the gold helmets; maybe 1966?

I do like the new flat color blue helmets. Changing from week to week is a newer trend in football. It’s a fun thing as long as we win. Something to talk and disagree about.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 10.10.16 @ 9:09 pm

We only lost one game in 1963 with Blue helmets. Plus with Navy shirts and gold pants, we looked WICKED BAD!

Defense recruiting will have to be the target. How do you improve the defensive backs? Rush the QB’s on all plays?

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 10.10.16 @ 9:39 pm

Those throwbacks-alternates look brilliant in High Definition.

While they aren’t the Mustard, we did wear Yellow later in the 80’s under Mike Gottfried.

Ironhead Heyward

link to pbs.twimg.com

The blue then wasn’t as Royal as the current throwbacks. It was on the 70’s uni’s.

Comment by Emel 10.10.16 @ 11:05 pm

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