Freshman James Conner broke Tony Dorestt's bowl rushing record with 229 yards against Bowling Green
Jan. 22, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Riding the momentum of a thrilling bowl victory in which freshmen scored every single point, the University of Pittsburgh announced today its football schedule for the 2014 season.
Entering their second Atlantic Coast Conference campaign, the Panthers will play 12 regular-season contests this fall, including eight against teams that advanced to bowl games last season.
Pitt will host seven games at Heinz Field, highlighted by an ESPN Thursday night ACC encounter with Virginia Tech (Oct. 16). Other ACC foes visiting Pittsburgh are Georgia Tech (Oct. 25), Coastal Division champion Duke (Nov. 1) and Syracuse (Nov. 22).
The Panthers’ ACC road games are Boston College (Sept. 5), Virginia (Oct. 4), North Carolina (Nov. 15) and Miami (Nov. 29). Pitt’s visit to Boston College will be a Friday night national telecast on either ESPN or ESPN2.
Pitt will play four non-conference games, beginning with the 2014 season opener at Heinz Field against FCS perennial power Delaware (Aug. 30). The Panthers will additionally host Iowa (Sept. 20) and Akron (Sept. 27), while playing at FIU (Sept. 13).
“When you finally get your new schedule, it makes the upcoming season very real and concrete,” third-year Pitt coach Paul Chryst said. “With our players in the midst of their offseason training, the 2014 schedule should provide strong inspiration. We have 12 big challenges this fall. As a player, coach and fan, it is incredibly exciting and motivating.”
Ticket packages for the 2014 Pitt football season can now be purchased by calling (800) 643-PITT (7488). Fans can choose from a wide array of options to accommodate as many different ticket preferences and requests as possible. Options include season-ticket packages for as low as $100, three-game mini-packages as well as single-game tickets. Call the Panthers Ticket Office for more information. Current season-ticket holders will get first priority.
Pitt returns 15 starters from last year’s team that finished the season with a 30-27 win over Mid-American Conference champion Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Every single point in the bowl victory was scored by freshmen, led by dynamic receiver Tyler Boyd (a unanimous Freshman All-American), running back James Conner (named bowl MVP) and placekicker Chris Blewitt (who had a Pitt freshman kick-scoring record 82 points).
The Panthers’ complete 2014 football schedule:
Aug. 30 Delaware - Time: TBA
Perennial FCS power Delaware has made three NCAA championship game appearances since 2003.
Sept. 5 (Fri.) at Boston College* (ESPN or ESPN2) - Time: TBA
Pitt makes its first visit to Chestnut Hill since 2003 when Larry Fitzgerald set the NCAA record for consecutive games with a TD catch in a 24-13 win.
Sept. 13 at FIU - Time: TBA
In the only prior meeting, Ray Graham rushed for 277 yards and three touchdowns to lift Pitt past FIU, 44-17, in 2010.
Sept. 20 Iowa - Time: TBA
Pitt and Iowa have split the past two meetings with the combined winning margin totaling just five points.
Sept. 27 Akron - Time: TBA
Under the direction of head coach Terry Bowden, the Zips improved their win total by four games last year.
Oct. 4 at Virginia* - Time: TBA
Pitt won the inaugural ACC meeting between the two schools, 14-3, at Heinz Field last season.
Oct. 16 (Thurs.) Virginia Tech* (ESPN) - Time: TBA
The Hokies have advanced to 21 consecutive bowl games under Frank Beamer.
Oct. 25 Georgia Tech* - Time: TBA
Pitt will host the Yellow Jackets for the first time since 1920, when Glenn Scobey “Pop” Warner coached the Panthers.
Nov. 1 Duke* - Time: TBA
ACC Coastal Division champion Duke won a school-record 10 games in 2013 under National Coach of the Year David Cutcliffe.
Nov. 15 at North Carolina* - Time: TBA
The Tar Heels won six of their final seven games, including a 39-17 Belk Bowl rout of Cincinnati.
Nov. 22 Syracuse* - Time: TBA
The longtime rivals have played every year since 1955 and will continue to meet as ACC annual crossover opponents.
Nov. 29 at Miami* - Time: TBA
Pitt looks to end an eight-game series skid against the Hurricanes.
Dec. 6 Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game - Time: TBA
2014 ACC Divisional Alignment
Boston College (Pitt’s 2014 rotating divisional crossover opponent)
Louisville (playing inaugural ACC season in 2014)
North Carolina State
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