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Football travels to Duke for Coastal Division clash

Isaac Bennett rushed for 101 yards and two TDs vs. New Mexico.

Isaac Bennett rushed for 101 yards and two TDs vs. New Mexico.

Sept. 16, 2013

Pitt (1-1, 0-1 ACC) vs. Duke (2-1, 0-1 ACC)

Sept. 21, 2013 • 12:30 p.m., ET • ACC Network (WTAE-TV, Ch. 4, in Pittsburgh)

Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941/Natural Grass) • Durham, N.C.


Pitt Game Notes Link: Duke Game

ACC Network Affiliates List: Pitt-Duke


Game Storylines

• Pitt will play its first Atlantic Coast Conference road game when it travels to Durham, N.C., to face Duke. The Panthers and Blue Devils will meet annually as members of the ACC's Coastal Division.

• Pitt is looking to build upon its 49-27 victory over New Mexico. The Panthers featured a balanced attack in the win, compiling 527 yards (283 rushing and 244 passing). It was the fourth time under Coach Paul Chryst that Pitt surpassed 500 yards in total offense.


 

 

• A youth movement is underway at Pitt. In the New Mexico victory, true freshmen accounted for 37 of Pitt's 49 points. Receiver Tyler Boyd (134 receiving yards) and tailback James Conner (119 rushing yards) each scored two touchdowns in the win.

• Twelve true freshmen and seven redshirt freshmen have played for Pitt this year. True frosh lead Pitt in rushing (James Conner), all-purpose yards (Tyler Boyd) and scoring (kicker Chris Blewitt).

• This is Pitt's first game with Duke in 37 years. The teams last met on Oct. 2, 1976, when the Panthers, under legendary coach John Majors, defeated the host Blue Devils, 44-31, en route to a 12-0 record and the national championship.

• Duke coach David Cutcliffe served under John Majors from 1982-92 while the two were at the University of Tennessee, winning three Southeastern Conference titles together. Former Pitt coach Walt Harris (1997-2004) also served with Cutcliffe at UT under Majors from 1983-88.

• Defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been a fixture in the opponent's backfield this season. The All-America candidate is tied for the national lead with 1.5 sacks per game. His 2.5 TFLs per contest lead the ACC.

• Biletnikoff Award candidate Devin Street is only 17 receptions away from becoming the all-time leading pass catcher at Pitt. On the season, Street leads the Panthers with 11 catches for 221 yards (20.1 avg.).


Pitt-Duke History in Brief

Series Began: 1929

Series Overall: Pitt leads 9-8

At Pittsburgh: Series tied 4-4

At Duke: Pitt leads 5-4

Last Meeting at Pitt: Oct. 4, 1975 (Pitt 14, Duke 0)

Last Meeting at Duke: Oct. 2, 1976 (Pitt 44, Duke 31)

Current Streak: Pitt has won 3 (1969, 1975-76)

Longest Pitt Series Win Streak: 3, two times (1955-56, 1959; & 1969, 1975-76)

Longest Duke Series Win Streak: 5 (1940-42, 1950-51)

Largest Pitt Victory Margin: 45 points (52-7, 1929)

Largest Duke Victory Margin: 28 points (28-0, 1942)


Pitt-Duke Series Notes

This is the 18th meeting between Pitt and Duke in a series that dates back to 1929...it also serves as the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference matchup between the two schools...Pitt and Duke will meet annually as members of the ACC's Coastal Division...Pitt leads the series overall, 9-8, and is 5-4 in games played at Duke...the Panthers have won the past three meetings (1969, 1975-76), matching their longest winning streak in the series...Pitt also won three consecutive games in the latter 1950s (1955-56, 1959)...Duke's longest winning streak against Pitt is five games (1940-42, 1950-51)...the Panthers last played Duke on Oct. 2, 1976, a 44-31 victory in Durham...the win was Pitt's fourth of the season en route to a 12-0 mark and the 1976 national championship under Coach John Majors...there have been some milestone moments in the Pitt-Duke series...on Sept. 29, 1951, Duke defeated Pitt, 19-14, in the first live nationwide telecast of a sporting event...NBC was responsible for the landmark broadcast...the inaugural game of the series was on Oct. 5, 1929, when Pitt defeated host Duke, 52-7, in the first game ever played at "Duke Outdoor Stadium," later renamed Wallace Wade Stadium...the 1937 and 1938 games featured two of the nation's very best teams and a pair of legendary coaches in Pitt's Jock Sutherland and Duke's Wallace Wade...on Nov. 27, 1937, the No.1-ranked Panthers defeated the No. 18 Blue Devils, 10-0...Pitt would finish 9-0-1 to claim the national title (Duke finished 7-2-1)...on Nov. 26, 1938, the No. 3 Blue Devils blanked the No. 4 Panthers, 7-0, in what would be Sutherland's final game as Pitt's coach...Duke finished the 1938 regular-season unbeaten (9-0), untied and unscored upon, but lost to Southern California in the Rose Bowl, 7-3...Pitt, which did not go to a bowl, finished 8-2.


Pitt-Duke Broadcast Information

Television • ACC Network (WTAE-TV, Ch. 4, in Pittsburgh)

Steve Martin, play-by-play

Dave Archer, analyst

Rachel Baribeau, 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


SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Sirius Channel 112, XM Channel 190

 
Internet Audio • Panthers All-Access

PittsburghPanthers.com


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