March 27, 2012
PITTSBURGH-- The University of Pittsburgh's 2012 football schedule was announced today by the Big East Conference. The Panthers, under the direction of new head coach Paul Chryst, will face a 12-game regular-season slate that includes six opponents coming off bowl appearances.
Schedule highlights include:
- Six home games at Heinz Field, including four contests against teams that advanced to bowls in 2011.
- A preview of Atlantic Coast Conference play with the renewal of the Virginia Tech rivalry on Sept. 15. Pitt will host its future ACC foe at Heinz Field for the first time since 2003 when the teams staged a dramatic contest that was won by the Panthers in the final minute, 31-28. The Hokies went 11-3 with an appearance in the Sugar Bowl last season.
- Five games already scheduled for national television, including a Thursday night ESPN encounter at Cincinnati on Sept. 6 that will serve as the Big East opener for both teams. The Bearcats went 10-3 last year, including a Liberty Bowl victory over Vanderbilt.
- Home games against Louisville (Oct. 13), Temple (Oct. 27) and Rutgers (Nov. 24), which each advanced to the postseason last year. Temple is coming off a nine-win season capped by a 37-15 victory over Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl. Rutgers also won nine games last year, including a 27-13 win over Iowa State in the Pinstripe Bowl.
- Two appearances on ESPN's highly rated Friday night television package. Pitt will play Friday night road contests at Syracuse (Oct. 5 on ESPN) and Connecticut (Nov. 9 on ESPN2).
- An NBC nationally televised contest at Notre Dame Nov. 3. The Panthers and Irish will meet for the 68th time in a series that dates back to 1909.
- A nationally televised "Championship Saturday" finale in Tampa against USF on Dec. 1. The Panthers routed the previously undefeated Bulls, 44-17, at Heinz Field last September.
Pitt opens the season, and the Paul Chryst coaching era, on Sept. 1 against Youngstown State. The Panthers will also host Gardner-Webb on Sept. 22. Pitt's other non-conference game will be at Buffalo on Oct. 20.
Season-ticket packages are currently on sale for as low as $99 and can be purchased online (PittsburghPanthers.com), by phone (800/643-PITT) or in person at the Petersen Events Center ticket office. All Pitt and UPMC employees are eligible for a 20% discount. Additionally, current season ticket holders who renew online by April 11 will receive a $10 discount. For more information, contact the Panthers' ticket office.
Chryst enters his first season as Pitt's head coach following an exceptional eight-year tenure at the University of Wisconsin, where he gained acclaim as one of the country's finest offensive teachers and strategists. His offenses produced nine first-team All-Americans and five Big Ten Player of the Year awards at Wisconsin. Chryst was a finalist for the prestigious Broyles Award, annually presented to college football's top assistant, each of the past two seasons.
The Panthers are currently in the midst of spring drills, which will conclude on April 14 with the Pitt Spring Football Festival and Blue-Gold Scrimmage at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium. The team will host a youth clinic at 11:30 a.m., followed by the playing of the Blue-Gold Scrimmage at 1 p.m.
2012 Pitt Football Schedule
|Sept. 1||Youngstown State||6 p.m.|
|Sept. 6 (Thurs.)||@ Cincinnati* (ESPN)||8 p.m.|
|Sept. 15||Virginia Tech||TBA|
|Oct. 5 (Fri.)||@ Syracuse* (ESPN)||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 20||@ Buffalo||TBA|
|Nov. 3||@ Notre Dame (NBC)||3:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 9 (Fri.)||@ Connecticut* (ESPN2)||8 p.m.|
|Dec. 1||@ South Florida* (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)||TBA|
All home games denoted in bold
*denotes Big East Conference game
Due to television considerations, TBA kickoff times will be announced at a later date
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