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Pitt’s potent rushing attack could slow down the passing game

By Jerry DiPaola 12:26 a.m.
Through the first four games this season, Pitt is one of only five FBS teams that have recorded 200 or more run plays. In seven …

Root Sports prepares for Pitt/WVU telecast overlap
By Jerry DiPaola
The Pitt and West Virginia football teams will be on Root Sports on Oct. 4 for back-to-back conference games, which could possibly create a different type of Backyard Brawl. West Virginia plays Kansas at home in a 4 p.m. Big 12 game, and Pitt visits Virginia in the ACC at …
Pitt notebook: Average yards allowed good, but there’s room for improvement
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt made enough mistakes in its loss to Iowa to keep coaches and players busy watching video through every minute allowed by the NCAA. Yet, the Panthers defense ranks fourth in the nation in opponents average yardage per game (236). That’s good, but with one disclaimer: The three teams ahead …
Pitt notebook: Receiving depth up in the air
By Jerry DiPaola
One of the interesting storylines of Pitt training camp this summer was the wealth of depth the team appeared to have at wide receiver. Wide …
Pitt blows 10-point lead as Iowa rallies for win
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt’s 24-20 loss to Iowa on Saturday resembled lookalike twins fighting over the line of scrimmage. Strong running game, good defense (at times), just enough …
Pitt notebook: Boyd has breakout performance in loss
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd emerged from the shadow of running back James Conner on Saturday, but his best game of the season wasn’t enough …
Pitt meets Iowa’s muscle
By Jerry DiPaola
When Pitt lines up against Iowa on Saturday at Heinz Field, the game could launch a Pitt fan’s worst nightmare: What if Iowa shuts down …
Pitt star running back Conner adjusting to higher profile this year
By Jerry DiPaola
When Erie television station WJET called James Conner one day, eager for an interview with the young, local celebrity, he was happy to oblige. He …
Nothing fancy for Iowa coach Ferentz
By Jerry DiPaola
Jim Render was stunned when he walked into Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz’s office a decade ago. Render thought it wasn’t opulent enough to impress recruits. “I had been in Joe Paterno’s office not too awful long before that,” said Render, now in his 36th year as the coach at Upper …
Pitt’s secondary has room for improvement
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt senior safety Ray Vinopal wasn’t shocked when lightning struck. He knew it was coming, and he didn’t run for shelter. But he wasn’t talking …
Pitt notebook: O-line coach still uncertain who will start at center vs. Iowa
By Jerry DiPaola
• Offensive line coach Jim Hueber has some advice for anyone trying to predict how the game will go Saturday when Pitt meets Iowa at Heinz Field. “Never assume,” he said. That goes especially for the question of who will start at center, either Alex Officer or Gabe Roberts. “I …
Pitt football coach Chryst refutes analyst Wannstedt’s opinion
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt coach Paul Chryst said Monday he believes he has the full support of athletic director Steve Pederson and other university leaders, despite remarks made …
Pitt football notebook: Chryst still seeking improvements in running game
By Jerry DiPaola
• Pitt’s running game is ranked fourth in the nation and first in the ACC, averaging 344.3 yards. Still, coach Paul Chryst is unsatisfied. “Numbers are misleading,” Chryst said. “We can be cleaner. You can be on a (defender), or you can be on the edge of a (defender),” he …
Pitt notebook: Expanded game plan likely awaits Iowa
By Jerry DiPaola
Through the early stages of the season, Pitt has displayed a lot of James Conner and just enough of everyone else to become one of …
Rossi: Given start, it’s time for Pitt to finish
By Rob Rossi
Paul Chryst, if he’s the right coach for the job, was going to get to this point eventually. Maybe he’s here a bit early, perhaps …
Pitt rallies to defeat Florida International, stay undefeated
By Jerry DiPaola
MIAMI — Temperatures hovered in the mid-80s Saturday at Ocean Bank Field, but Pitt’s Chad Voytik and James Conner didn’t mind turning up the heat …