Oct. 15, 2011
• Although he is more famous for his track and field achievements, today’s honorary captain – Herb Douglas – was a Pitt football letterman in the 1940s. Douglas was the bronze medalist at the 1948 Olympics in the long jump. As a member of the Pitt football team in 1945 he became just the second African-American to score a touchdown against Notre Dame.
• Douglas founded the Jesse Owens International Trophy Award, which annually honors the most outstanding amateur or Olympic athlete in the world. He was also the driving force behind Pitt’s “A Century of Change” event, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the university’s first African-American student-athlete this past May. A member of the University’s Board of Trustees, Douglas served as the vice president of Schieffelin & Co., an importer of wines and spirits, in New York City.
• Pitt has recorded at least one sack in each of the last 19 games. Pitt was last held without a sack on Sept. 2, 2010, in the Panthers’ 27-24 OT loss at Utah.
• Buddy Jackson’s 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter is the first time Pitt has returned a kickoff for a TD since Lowell Robinson took the opening kick at UCF for a 97-yard score on Oct. 13, 2006.
• DE Brandon Lindsey’s first quarter sack gives him five sacks on the season, and at least one sack in 12 of his past 19 games.
• Andrew Taglianetti blocked a punt near the end of the first quarter giving him six blocked punts for his career (2 in 2010 and 3 in 2008). The NCAA record for blocked punts in a career is 10, held by Central Michigan’s James King (2001-04).
• Antwuan Reed ran in Taglianetti’s blocked punt from 10 yards out for the Pitt TD. It is the first blocked punt returned for a TD since Billy Davis recorded a 13-yard return for a score vs. Minnesota on Sept. 28, 1991.
• LB Tristan Roberts tied his career high in tackles with 10 on the day. He also recorded 10 tackles against Iowa on Sept. 17, 2011.
• LB Greg Williams’ 1.5 sacks on the day ties his single-game high (he also had 1.5 vs Iowa in 2008). His four tackles for loss are also a career-high.
• DL Aaron Donald recorded a career-high three sacks on the day. His previous high was one sack, in four separate games.
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