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 Pitt's James Conner runs the ball in the first half against the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday at Heinz Field.

Pitt has established its offensive identity

The Panthers are running the ball 71 percent of the time after four games, but coach Paul Chryst isn’t concerned about the split.

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 Pitt's James Conner runs the ball in the first half Saturday against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Heinz Field.

Panthers' goals remain the same 
on heels of first loss

Despite a disappointing performance Saturday against Iowa, the Panthers will now turn their focus to building momentum for their ACC slate.

1 day ago


 Leah McCormick, 19, a sophomore at Pitt from Toledo, Ohio, hangs her head as Pitt loses to Iowa Saturday at Heinz Field.

Pitt suffers first loss of the season, 24-20, to Iowa

The Panthers squandered some of the momentum they had appeared to build during the first three weeks of the season.

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 Matt Freed/Post-Gazette August 30, 2014 Pitt's James Conner carries as he's taken down by Delaware's C.J. Jones in the first quarter at Heinz Field Saturday afternoon.

Pitt-Iowa about giving up on ground

It’s strength against strength when the undefeated Panthers take the Hawkeyes of the Big Ten.

3 days ago


 Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is quite familiar with Paul Chryst and his approach.

Pitt's Paul Chryst, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz go back to Big Ten days

The Panthers’ Paul Chryst and Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz, an Upper St. Clair graduate, are far from strangers.

4 days ago


For now, Pitt's Officer is center of attention

Pitt redshirt freshman Alex Officer knows he is not a lock to remain Pitt's starting center.

5 days ago


New: Check out Post Route Podcast on college football

Post-Gazette college sports reporters Sam Werner and Stephen Nesbitt talk about Pitt’s James Conner, WVU’s Clint Trickett and more.

5 days ago


Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 9.17.14

Sam takes your questions on the 3-0 Panthers.

5 days ago


 Pitt defensive back Lafayette Pitts breaks up a pass against Florida International Saturday.

Pitt secondary needs to step up after being exposed vs. FIU

The Panthers are undefeated but concerned about the number of big plays allowed in the passing game.

6 days ago


 Pitt's James Conner takes a carry in the season opener against Delaware at Heinz Field.

Paul Chryst: Pitt running game not at top efficiency yet

Pitt coach Paul Chryst says Panthers running game is not clicking on all cylinders yet despite an impressive start statistically.

1 week ago


 Pitt defensive back Lafayette Pitts breaks up a pass against Florida International Saturday.

Early struggles provide 'teaching points' for Pitt

Saturday's win at Florida International showed that if nothing else, the Panthers are getting good at overcoming first-quarter hiccups.

1 week ago


High school football notebook: Pitt commit Tre Tipton does it all for Apollo-Ridge

Receiver, runner, passer, it doesn't matter to Panthers recruit Tre Tipton as he helps Apollo-Ridge to its first 3-0 start in 14 years.

1 week ago


 Panthers running back James Conner celebrates his touchdown in the fourth quarter with offensive linesman Dorian Johnson and offensive linesman T.J. Clemmings during the game against the FIU Golden Panthers.

Pitt overcomes slow start to beat FIU

The Panthers trailed FIU 16-0 after the first quarter, but bounced back to move to 3-0 for the first time since 2009.

1 week ago


 Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik drops back to pass against Delaware in the second quarter Aug. 30 at Heinz Field.

Panthers take shot at rare 3-0 start

It has been a long time since Pitt started a season 3-0, but the Panthers have that opportunity today against Florida International.

1 week ago


Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 09.12.14

The Pitt beat reporter answers your questions from hot, humid Miami as Pitt prepares to play FIU Saturday.

1 week ago


 Pitt receiver Tyler Boyd moves around Manasseh Garner after pulling away from Boston College defensive back Manuel Asprilla in the first quarter Sept. 5 in Boston. The Panthers, who beat the Eagles, 30-20, will play Florida International Friday in Miami.

Pitt opponent FIU had its dreams crumble

Pitt's next opponent, Florida International, continues to struggle to achieve football success after its dream season in 2010.

1 week ago


 Vincentian standout Brenna Wise, right, committed to Pitt Thursday.

Vincentian girls basketball standout commits to Pitt

Senior basketball standout Brenna Wise will play for coach Suzie McConnell-Serio and the Panthers.

1 week ago


Vincentian's Wise commits to Pitt

Vincentian senior forward Brenna Wise,  committed to Pitt, about two weeks after taking her official visit there.

1 week ago


 Gabe Roberts will start at center for Pitt's game Saturday against Florida International. Roberts is filling in for Artie Rowell, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament, last Saturday in a win against Boston College.

Pitt's Gabe Roberts eager to battle, fill in at center

After waiting years to be Pitt’s center, Gabe Roberts got his chance in a flash. Now he hopes to imitate Artie Rowell, the injured starter.

1 week ago


 Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik delivers a pass against Delaware in the season opener Aug. 30 at Heinz Field.

Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 09.10.14

Pitt football beat writer Sam Werner answers readers’ questions about Pitt’s game Saturday against FIU and more.

1 week ago


 Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik talks with coach Paul Chryst. The Panthers have gotten off to a strong start, but the team is staying focused on the next game on the schedule, in this case Saturday's matchup against Florida International.

Pitt keeping an even keel after fast start

Pitt is channeling its coaches by staying focused on its next opponent.

1 week ago


 Pitt running back James Conner tries to avoid a tackle Friday night against Boston College.

More honors for Pitt RB James Conner

Pitt notebook: Three Panthers, including sophomore James Conner, reap individual honors after victory against Boston College.

2 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh running back James Conner, left, runs the ball against Boston College defensive back Bryce Jones on Friday.

ACC honors three Pitt players

Panthers running back James Conner leads the ACC with 367 rushing yards through two games.

2 weeks ago


Pitt center Rowell to have season-ending ACL surgery

Panthers center Artie Rowell will have surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, ending his 2014 season.

2 weeks ago


 Pitt coach Paul Chryst watches his defense from the sideline Friday night in the win at Boston College.

Inspired defense fueled Pitt win

The Panthers overcame early miscues and lapses to parlay their big halftime lead into a victory.

2 weeks ago


 Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd, right, moves around wide receiver Manasseh Garner after pulling away from Boston College defensive back Manuel Asprilla during the first quarter Friday night.

Conner proves his season-opening performance was no fluke in ACC victory vs. Eagles

Pitt proved that its season-opening win was no fluke Friday night as the Panthers won their ACC opener against Boston College 30-20.

2 weeks ago


 Pitt's James Conner is taken down by Delaware's C.J. Jones in the first quarter Saturday at Heinz Field.

Pitt takes step up in competition in ACC opener

After a blowout victory against Delaware in its opener, Pitt faces stiffer competition Friday night against Boston College.

2 weeks ago


 Patrick D. Gallagher talks with well-wishers after a University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees meeting in February at which he was elected as the new Chancellor of the university.

Gene Collier: Right balance is the goal for new Pitt chancellor Gallagher

Patrick D. Gallagher, Pitt’s new chancellor, talks balancing education and athletics at one of the region’s leaders in research and fandom.

2 weeks ago


 Offensive linemen Dorian Johnson (53) and Adam Bisnowaty (69) on the first day of Pitt preseason football practice last month at their training facility on the South Side. Original Filename: 20140804radPittPracticeSpts.21.jpg

Pitt's depth, experience 
allows for shuffling 
along offensive line

When Jaryd Jones-Smith came in to play left tackle in Pitt’s opener against Delaware, he altered the line in a big way — literally.

2 weeks ago


Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 9.3.14

Sam takes your questions about the Panthers and their Friday night game at Boston College.

2 weeks ago


 Pitt's Tyler Boyd pulls in the ball for a touchdown against Delaware's C.J. Jones in the first quarter at Heinz Field Saturday afternoon.

Pitt notebook: Boyd likely to play Friday against Boston College

Pitt's Tyler Boyd should be ready to play Friday night against Boston College.

2 weeks ago


 Pitt's James Conner heads toward the end zone for a touchdown against Delaware Saturday afternoon.

Pitt players picked for weekly ACC awards

Pitt running back James Conner and offensive lineman Matt Rotheram picked up ACC weekly awards Tuesday.

3 weeks ago


 Chad Voytik talks with coach Paul Chryst Saturday at Heinz Field. Voytik didn’t need to do too much in his first game as the Pitt quarterback, finishing 10 of 13 for 84 yards and two touchdowns.

Voytik at ease in first start as Pitt QB

The stats might make it seem as if Chad Voytik was a minor part of Pitt's 62-0 win against Delaware, but he took his first start in stride.

3 weeks ago


 From left to right, Larry Marcello of Brentwood, Greg Neugebauer of Delmont, Nick Kennedy of Regent Square and Steve Benso of Shadyside tailgate Saturday on the North Shore, which was full of activity with University of Pittsburgh playing the University of Delaware at Heinz Field, the Pirates playing the Cincinnati Reds and the Kickoff and Rib Festival all happening.

Pittsburgh's North Shore survives trifecta of events

Pitt football, Pirates baseball and the all-day Rib Fest made traffic and parking tight on the North Shore, but planning prevailed.

3 weeks ago


 Pitt's James Conner carries for a touchdown against Delaware at Heinz Field Saturday afternoon.

Pitt pounds Delaware 62-0

For the first time in the Paul Chryst era, Pitt started its season with a win — and an emphatic one at that.

3 weeks ago


 Pitt head coach Paul Chryst.

Pitt, head coach Chryst looking for better result in season opener

The opener against Delaware is a polar opposite to the Panthers’ opener last year against Florida State in many, many ways.

3 weeks ago


 In this photo from Nov. 25, 2009, Greensburg Central Catholic's Trent Hurley celebrates after he scores a touchdown against Aliquippa. Hurley is now the starting quarterback for the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens.

Delaware's Hurley holds advantage over Panthers' QB

Greensburg Central Catholic graduate returns to Heinz Field where he won a WPIAL Class AA title in 2009.

3 weeks ago


 James Conner carries the ball on the first day of Pitt preseason football practice at the training facility on the South Side.

Pitt football: Conner has chance to become two-way terror

Pitt's James Conner will play both ways this fall, mixing his running-back chores with pass-rushing duties at defensive end.

3 weeks ago


 Pitt quarterbacks (from left) Adam Bertke (7), Chad Vojtik (16), Trey Anderson (11), and Joe Repischak (18) during passing drills on the first day of preseason football practice earlier this month at their training facility on the South Side.

Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 8.27.14

Sam takes your questions on the Panthers, who open their season this weekend against Delaware.

3 weeks ago


 Darryl Render on the first day of Pitt preseason football practice earlier this month at their training facility on the South Side.

Pitt football: With Aaron Donald gone, most eyes to focus on DT Darryl Render

Cleveland native becomes the most-watched player in the Panthers' defensive line, though he won’t be expected to fill Donald's shoes alone.

3 weeks ago


 Jamie Dixon, Pitt men's basketball head coach.

Pitt, Duquesne release conference schedules

For second year in row, the Panthers open the ACC at North Carolina State; The Dukes draw Dayton in tough A-10 opener.

3 weeks ago


 Pitt running back Isaac Bennett .

Pitt football notebook: Chryst says five freshmen will make an impact

The Panthers don't expect as much infusion of youth as last year, but there will be a few who likely will make significant contributions.

4 weeks ago


 Redshirt sophomore Chad Voytik brings versatility to the Pitt offense as a mobile quarterback.

Three keys to Pitt's 2014 football season

Sam Werner breaks down three important areas for Pitt’s success in 2014.

4 weeks ago


New era: Inaugural College Football Playoff ushers in much excitement for fans

While the playoff answers fans' longtime complaints, some of its details and longer-reaching implications are still to be determined.

1 month ago


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