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Final: Pitt 49, New Mexico 27

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to kickoff …

Game: Pitt (0-1, 0-1 ACC) vs. New Mexico (1-1, 0-0 Mountain West Conference)

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Site: Heinz Field

TV, radio: WTAE-TV (local), ACC Network (national), 93.7 The Fan, Pitt IMG Sports Network

Here is the official live summary.

Here is our Pitt page. Jerry DiPaola and Joe Starkey are on the scene.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.


  1. What a strange opponent to schedule. What kind of crowd is expected. And national prediction safe pit could lose this one. Other than Texas A&M Alabama and Wisconsin Arizona State a slow College football weekend.

  2. “Other than Texas A&M Alabama…a slow College football weekend”

    I dunno. To me that would be like saying that September 30, 1975 was a slow boxing weekend. Other than Ali-Frazier.

    I’ve been looking forward to The Game for exactly 364 days. I’m kinda glad that there’s nothing much else of interest to distract.

    And I love the Alien vs Predator story line. Demons from Hell are always far more interesting than smarmy good guys. Everybody remembers Kirk yelling Kahnnnnn! because Ricardo Montalban as Kahn was the most interesting guy in the movie. And the Ledger AND Nicholson Jokers blew both Batmen off the screen.

    So forget the good guys. They are, well, forgettable.

    Let’s just put both Demons on the same field today and let em fight it out for the Keys to Hell.

  3. Curious to see if Pitt keeps their scholarship offer on the table for Shai McKenzie after ACL injury last night.

  4. ME > Drew….

    While Drew is dreaming about the SEC, I’m listening to Sinatra on this great Saturday morning. The kids haven’t said turn it off…. winning!

  5. Should be a “glorious crowd of about 25-30K at the stadium, today” …Stevie P will ANNOUNCE 40-45K.
    Wanting to see some real improvement from this Panther defense – some disciplined tacking…better, MUCH BETTER pass defense.
    HAIL TO PITT! :-)

  6. Looking forward to being amongst the 25-30 K on he North Shore. Lets go Pitt!

    And it really pains me to say this and I haven’t since the last time they played Penn State, but Roll Tide! Don’t care for Manziel at all. (Took the high ride and deleted all the real nasty stuff)

    • Have a good one Lad. Even if there is only 25-30K in the house, there is nothing like going to college football games.

      Saturdays Rule!

      • So true. Literally a perfect day for college football here at the big mustard bowl. Looking forward to this game and zipping home to watch Bama deflate Johny’s football, and then watching the Bucs annhilate the Cubbies tonight. Go Pitt. Go Bucs!

  7. Alabama at Texas A&M ?

    I’ll be doing yard work after the Pitt game. I’m not buying the hype at all. Alabama will win this one easily. Saban in a revenge game he’s had a year to prepare for? C’mon.

  8. Tyler Boyd is going to be special. I think local kids seeing he is getting a chance to play early under Chryst, and taken will play can help recruiting down the road.

    7-0 Pitt on a nice bounce back drive by Savage.

  9. Boyd is going to be fun to watch. Probably, Chryst’s best recruit to date. Precisely the type of kids the coach needs to bring to Pitt. Take advantage of that rich recruiting territory in PA and Ohio.

  10. Boyd flashes crazy speed, 33 yard end around untouched, 14-3 Pitt.

  11. where’d they get this Boyd kid? I was expecting they’d really miss that Shell guy Chryst told to “buzz off”.

    DK: The little football factory known as Clairton.

  12. Like this James Conner kid runs very hard and carries contact. Three straight TD drives, 21-3 Pitt.

  13. I remember a guy at ESPN talking about all the coaches they have on staff as analysts. He said, at that time, Bob Davie was the only coach there that wanted to be an analyst and didn’t want to get back into coaching.

    I really liked him as an analyst. I wonder if he wishes he was still doing that ?

    DK: Really good interview with Davie on TribLIVE Radio this week by Daniel Dudley, and that came up. Davie said he loved broadcasting but longed for the competition.

  14. So much for the national experts on the Pitt game. And what the heck is going on with Michigan and Akron?

  15. What a play to end the half, Boyd out jumps double coverage in back of endzone for amazing catch for Pitt’s 5th TD of day, second for Boyd.

    Panthers head to locker room up 35-3.

  16. wow 35-6 in the 1st half. If only Pitt had played like this against FSU.

    • Have to remember this is a very young team, most improvement is usually made between first and second game. Would expect this team to continue to improve as season wears on and good thing is Panthers will not face a team like FSU the rest of the way,

    • lets not overlook the quality of the opponent folks…NM is probably around the 100-110th ranked team in division 1 (that is bad)… cant really view this as any sort of measuring stick, so just enjoy…. I’m a UNM alum, and football ain’t our thing.

  17. The Minnesota coach had another seizure today.

  18. If Tyler Boyd was playing on a Top 10 team, national media would be drooling.

  19. Akron at Michigan 1, 15 seconds thrown for 5 yd. loff.

  20. Last second pass incomplete Akron loses.

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