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Sunday column: Pitt’s same old script

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …


The Sunday column from Heinz Field covers one of those games that Pitt always loses … and did.

Here’s some of what Jason Hendricks had to say afterward …

And James Conner

Random randomness from the event: The catch Tyler Boyd made in the first quarter will be largely lost in the outcome, but it’s one of the best I’ve ever seen. He dived forward for a ball that was coming from directly behind him, looked to have no chance, hauled it in, twisted in mid-air to keep the impact of the ground from popping it loose and held on. The kid’s special. … Aaron Donald might not be in that class, given being a bit undersized for a nose tackle, but all he does is blow up blocking schemes and chase QBs around. It’ll be fascinating to see how NFL teams value that in the draft. The word is that he’s rocketing. … Nothing gets settled with this program until Paul Chryst gets the line he wants. And bear in mind, that’s no slam dunk no matter the number of stars attached to the recruit. Dorian Johnson was a great get for the Panthers, but he’s struggling. … Speaking of the draft, let’s cool it on the Savage hype. He’s got a nice touch when given time, but it takes very, very little to bring him down. … If you don’t like Conner’s running style, you don’t like football. On one play in the first quarter, he took out two teammates on a first-down carry. One was Boyd. … Chryst wants to do things right. I appreciate that. He’s the classic, old-school, straight-and-narrow coach. But every once in a while, you’ve got to break a few eggs.

The game story is by beat writer Jerry DiPaola.

Tom Savage and Devin Street gut it out, by DiPaola.

Here’s our full Pitt coverage.

Here’s North Carolina news from the Raleigh News & Observer.

Here are official game highlights from

>> I’ll be at Heinz Field again today for Steelers-Lions, then up to the WPXI-TV studios for the Subway Final Word, which will air at 11:35 p.m. or after football and the local news.

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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, recently, 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 country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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