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K'Waun Williams is one of eight returning defensive starters for Pitt.

K'Waun Williams is one of eight returning defensive starters for Pitt.

Aug 26, 2013

Pitt (0-0, 0-0 ACC) vs. #11/12 Florida State (0-0, 0-0 ACC)

Sept. 2, 2013 • 8 p.m., ET • ESPN

Heinz Field (65,500/Natural Grass) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

Pitt Game Notes Link:
FSU Game

Game Storylines

• Pitt opens its 2013 season -- and inaugural campaign in the Atlantic Coast Conference -- by hosting defending ACC champion Florida State on Labor Day night at Heinz Field. It will be the first meeting between the Panthers and Seminoles in 30 years.

• Pitt and Florida State last met on Oct. 8, 1983. The Panthers erased an early 13-0 deficit and defeated Bobby Bowden's Seminoles, 17-16, in Pitt Stadium. The Panthers have won each of the past three games against Florida State (1981-83) and lead the all-time series, 5-3.

• Rated No. 11 by the Associated Press, Florida State is Pitt's highest-ranked season-opening opponent since 1982 when the Panthers hosted No. 5 North Carolina. Pitt defeated the Tar Heels, 7-6, in Three Rivers Stadium.

• For the first time in 39 games, Pitt will have a new starting quarterback. Redshirt senior Tom Savage, who joined the Panthers as a transfer last year, will be under center for Pitt's historic first ACC contest. Savage's last game action came at Rutgers during the 2010 season. He succeeds the graduated Tino Sunseri, a three-year starter who threw for more than 3,000 yards last year.

• The Panthers' run game will showcase a slew of new faces. Pitt's most experienced back, junior Isaac Bennett, has just 378 career rushing yards. At least two true freshmen could see carries. 

• Pitt returns eight starters from a defense that ranked 17th nationally in fewest yards allowed last season (330.5 avg.). The Panthers will face a retooled Florida State offense that averaged 39.3 points (10th in FBS) and 470.8 yards in 2012.

• Florida State defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri was an All-America linebacker at Pitt, anchoring some of the greatest defenses in school history from 1979-82. His son Tino was the Panthers' starting quarterback from 2010-12.

Pitt-Florida State History in Brief

Series Began: 1971

Series Overall: Pitt leads 5-3

At Pittsburgh: Pitt leads 3-1

At FSU: Series tied 2-2

At Neutral Sites: DNA

Last Meeting at Pitt: Oct. 8, 1983 (Pitt 17, Florida State 16)

Last Meeting at FSU: Sept. 18, 1982 (Pitt 37, Florida State 17)

Current Streak: Pitt has won 3

Longest Pitt Series Win Streak: 3 games (1981-83)

Longest FSU Series Win Streak: 2 games (1971-72)

Largest Pitt Victory Margin: 28 points (42-14, 1981)

Largest FSU Victory Margin: 18 points (31-13, 1971)

Pitt-Florida State Broadcast Information

Television • ESPN

Rece Davis, play-by-play

Jesse Palmer, analyst

David Pollack, analyst

Samantha Ponder, reporter

Pitt Radio • 93.7 The Fan & the Pitt IMG Sports Network

Bill Hillgrove, play-by-play

Pat Bostick, analyst

Gregg Giannotti, reporter

Larry Richert, reporter

National Radio • Dial Global/Westwood One Sports

John Sadak, play-by-play

Derek Rackley, analyst

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Sirius Channel 91


The 2013 Opener: Panthers host Florida State in inaugural ACC game

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