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Game Week: Pitt Hosts Duke for Final Home Game

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Game Week: Pitt Hosts Duke for Final Home Game


Football




PITT (6-4, 3-3 ACC) vs. DUKE (7-3, 4-2 ACC)

November 19, 2022 • Noon (ET)

Acrisure Stadium (68,400/Natural Grass) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

ACC Network • 93.7 The Fan • Pitt Panthers Radio Network

Football Game Week Duke 22

Game Storylines

• The Panthers seek a third consecutive win and a boost to their postseason credentials when they host Duke this Saturday at Acrisure Stadium. The upstart Blue Devils are 7-3 under new coach Mike Elko.

• Pitt is 7-1 against the Blue Devils in ACC play and has won each of the last six encounters. Duke’s lone ACC win over Pitt was a 51-48 double-overtime victory at the former Heinz Field in 2014.

• Since 2015, Pat Narduzzi has directed Pitt to 39 victories in ACC play, the third-highest win total during that span. The Panthers trail only Clemson (59) and Miami (40).

• A win over Duke would give Pat Narduzzi his 60th career coaching victory at Pitt, tying him for second all-time with the legendary Glenn Scobey “Pop” Warner, who coached the Panthers from 1915-23.

• Pitt once again boasts the nation’s top pass rush. The Panthers are averaging 3.70 sacks per game to lead the nation. Over the past four seasons (since 2019), Pitt has compiled an FBS-best 188 sacks.

• Defensive tackle Calijah Kancey, the country’s best interior pass rusher, leads the Panthers with seven sacks. Kancey is a highly viable All-America candidate.

• Israel Abanikanda, who missed the Nov. 5 Syracuse game, returned to healthy form in last week’s Virginia victory, rushing for 121 yards and a touchdown.

• Abanikanda, a Doak Walker Award candidate, leads the country in scoring with an average of 12.0 points per contest. He also ranks first in total touchdowns (18), second in all-purpose yards (172.44) and sixth in rushing (134.1).

Series in Brief

Series Began: 1929

Series Overall: Pitt leads 16-9

ACC Series: Pitt leads 7-1

At Pittsburgh: Pitt leads 6-5

At Duke: Pitt leads 9-4

At Neutral Sites: Pitt leads 1-0

Last Meeting: Nov. 6, 2021 (Pitt 54, Duke 29)

Last Meeting at Pitt: Oct. 27, 2018 (Pitt 54, Duke 45)

Current Series Streak: Pitt has won 6 (2015-19, 2021)

Longest Pitt Series Win Streak: 6 (2015-19, 2021)

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)

Coaching Matchup

Pitt’s Chris Bickell ’97 Head Football Coach Pat Narduzzi

Overall (season): 59-41 (eighth)

At Pitt (season): same

Alma Mater: Rhode Island, 1990

Record vs. Duke: 6-0

Duke Coach Mike Elko

Overall (season): 7-3 (first)

At Duke (season): same

Alma Mater: Penn, 1999

Record vs. Pitt: 0-0

Broadcast Information

Television • ACC Network

Chris Cotter (play-by-play), Mark Herzlich (analyst), Lericia Harris (reporter)

Pitt Radio • 93.7 The Fan & Pitt Panthers Radio Network

Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), Pat Bostick (analyst), Larry Richert and Dorin Dickerson (reporters)

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

SiriusXM Channel 133 or 193, SXM App Channel 955

WPTS Radio (Pitt Student Station) • 92.1 FM

Online Audio

937thefan.radio.com

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