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
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
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
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