1977 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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1977 Pittsburgh Panthers football
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Gator Bowl Champions
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #7
AP #8
1977 record 9–2–1
Head coach Jackie Sherrill (1st year)
Offensive coordinator Bob Leahy (1st year)
Offensive scheme Pro I
Split Backs
Defensive coordinator Jimmy Johnson (1st year)
Base defense 52
Home stadium Pitt Stadium
(Capacity: 56,500)
Seasons
« 1976 1978 »

The 1977 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 1977 college football season. The Panthers competed in the Gator Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
Sat. Sep. 10 4:20 p.m. #3 Notre Dame #7 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) L 9–19    
Sat. Sep. 17 1:30 p.m. William & Mary Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 28–6    
Sat. Sep. 24 1:00 p.m. at Temple Temple StadiumPhiladelphia, PA W 76–0    
Sat. Oct. 1 1:30 p.m. at Boston College #16 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA W 45–7    
Sat. Oct. 8 7:00 p.m. at #20 Florida #15 Florida FieldGainesville, FL T 17–17    
Sat. Oct. 15 1:30 p.m. Navydagger #17 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 34–17    
Sat. Oct. 22 1:30 p.m. Syracuse #14 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) W 28–21    
Sat. Oct. 29 1:30 p.m. Tulane #13 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 48–0    
Sat. Nov. 5 1:30 p.m. at West Virginia #12 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Backyard Brawl) W 44–3    
Sat. Nov. 12 1:30 p.m. vs. Army #10 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ W 52–26    
Sat. Nov. 26 1:30 p.m. #9 Penn State #10 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) L 13–15    
Fri. Dec. 30 vs. #11 Clemson #10 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) W 34–3    
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Coaching staff[edit]

1977 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching Staff
  • Jackie Sherrill – Head Coach
  • Jimmy Johnson – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
  • Bob Leahy – Offensive Coordinator
  • Don Boyce – Offensive Line
  • Foge Fazio – Linebackers
  • Larry Holton – Defensive Secondary
  • Bob Matey – Defensive Line
  • Joe Moore – Offensive Backs
  • Otto Stowe – Receivers
  Support Staff
  • Larry Bielat – Administrative Assistant to the Head Coach
  Strength and Conditioning Staff

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Randy Holloway Defensive End 1 21 Minnesota Vikings
Matt Cavanaugh Quarterback 2 50 New England Patriots
Bob Jury Defensive Back 3 63 Seattle Seahawks
Elliott Walker Running Back 6 148 San Francisco 49ers
Randy Reutershan Wide Receiver 6 160 Pittsburgh Steelers
J.C. Wilson Defensive Back 8 210 Houston Oilers
Willie Taylor Wide Receiver 9 223 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brzoza Center 11 300 Pittsburgh Steelers

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