Pitt vs. #18 Ohio State — 1988

It is crazy to think that for a majority of the history of college football Pitt vs. Ohio State was a legit rivalry.  These two teams are in such different places in the college football landscape these days with Ohio State being a destination for the elite coaches of the football world if and when a job opens up and Pitt being a stepping stone to schools once tiers beneath them.  Even in the 90’s when these two teams still played it was one-sided and awful if you were rooting for the Panthers.

So let us take a look back to a simpler time, the late 80’s, when Pitt was still respected and their games against the Buckeyes both still existed and were competitive.  From the New York Times, who has taken a similar route as Pitt in terms of reputation since 1988 if I may say so myself, like that little zinger fellow snobby sports fans?

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 17— Adam Walker ran for 179 yards and 3 touchdowns, scoring twice in the first six minutes of play following Ohio State mistakes, as Pitt routed the Buckeyes, 42-10, tonight.

Walker, a junior who played sparingly last season behind the tailback Craig (Ironhead) Heyward, scored on runs of 4, 23 and 2 yards as Pitt raced to a 28-3 halftime lead.

The quarterback Darnell Dickerson, constantly beating Ohio State’s defense to the outside on option plays, scored twice and rushed for 88 yards on 11 carries as the Panthers beat Ohio State for the first time since 1952. The Buckeyes had won seven of the last eight meetings, including three in a row.

The 42 points were the most against Ohio State since the Buckeyes’ 49-42 victory over Illinois in 1980. The loss was Ohio State’s worst since a 40-7 defeat to Washington in 1986.

Some Ohio State players said before the game that they had wanted to get even with Pitt (2-0) for routing its former coach, Earle Bruce, and his Northern Iowa team, 59-10, two weeks ago.

Ohio State’s Carlos Snow returned a kickoff 100 yards, the third-longest kick return touchdown in Ohio State history. Penn State 23, Boston College 20

 

Proud Again: The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates

Here is a documentary about the 88 Pirates who were the first team to show off the basis of what would be the Bonds era Buccos. Split up into parts here they are piece by piece all though they may continue on their own from the first clip if you go to full screen mode.

The Game: 2013 NL Wild Card Game: Pirates vs. Reds

Where were you when Johnny Cueto dropped the ball?  Where were you when that fan almost blew it for us?

This game, more than any Pirate game I can remember, reaffirmed my faith and gave me a reassurance that I had done the correct thing by sticking with the team throughout their 20 year losing streak.   I remember watching the game at Spencer’s in Park Slope because I had no television or way to watch it at the time.  I walked down there and started at the bar on 5th that serves cheap drinks.  I watched the pregame there.  I was so nervous.  I felt like I was going ot have a heart attack.  The stress that I had felt during Penguins and Steelers playoff runs was nothing compared to this.  I knew I was about to watch history.  It was the realization of a day I had hoped for well over a decade. I always wanted to watch the Pirates in the playoffs as an adult.  Now I could.  So, here we go: The Game.

Steelers vs. Browns — 1993 Week 8

I spotted this classic game on YouTube and fave it a watch today.  It’s one of those ones that i actually remember.  I remember sitting in my parents living room, it was right around Halloween.  it was the best time to live in Pittsburgh.  The foliage was afire and leaves had fallen to the ground.  The better days of autumn had passed and it was football weather.

This game has it all.  It is a perfect example of the 90’s Steelers- Browns rivalry,  It has Barry Foster.  A full on Vinny Testaverde and Bernie Kosar quarterback controversy playing out in real time.  It has the dog pound.  It has Neil O’Donnell throwing to Dwight Stone.  Most of all it has Eric Metcalf going nuts and showing his true Eric Metcalfness.  Two punt returns for touchdowns and unlimited moves.  Enioy!

NCAA Basketball 2004-2005: Pitt Panthers vs. WVU Mountaineers

Big ups to YouTube user WVUgames, who made this video possible for all of us.  I give him respect as an internet person, all though I would have to suspect that he is a WVU fan, so I kind of don’t like him at all.

From the AP:

Kevin Pittsnogle is so unaccustomed to starting that he had to temporarily leave West Virginia’s game early on against Pittsburgh (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today; No. 16 AP) to catch his breath.

When he returned, he gave Pitt lots of problems.

Pittsnogle scored eight of his career-high 27 points in overtime to lead West Virginia to an 83-78 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday night. The 6-foot-11 Pittsnogle, starting for just the second time this season, was averaging 8 points a game. He got the start because center D’or Fischer did not play due to illness.

“When I got my second wind pretty fast, I was ready to go,” said Pittsnogle, whose previous high was 26 points in 2003. “My performance wasn’t enough to write me in the history book, but beating Pitt makes it a lot better.”

West Virginia (13-7, 3-6 Big East) broke a five-game losing streak to their rival 70 miles to the north.

Pittsnogle converted a three-point play and a 3-pointer a minute apart to give the Mountaineers their biggest lead, 73-66, with 2:08 left in overtime.

“Pittsnogle is a hard matchup for us and when he’s shooting the ball from [outside], it becomes very difficult to guard for our bigger guys,” said Pitt coach Jamie Dixon. “Sometimes guys step up in the absence of other guys, and that’s exactly what he did.”

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