1978 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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1978 Pittsburgh Panthers football
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Conference Independent
1978 record 8–4
Head coach Jackie Sherrill (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Don Boyce (1st year)
Offensive scheme Split Backs
Defensive coordinator Jimmy Johnson (2nd year)
Base defense 52
Home stadium Pitt Stadium
(Capacity: 56,500)
Seasons
« 1977 1979 »
1978 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Penn State           11 1 0
North Texas           9 2 0
East Carolina           9 3 0
Navy           9 3 0
#7 Notre Dame           9 3 0
Rutgers           9 3 0
Florida State           8 3 0
Temple           7 3 1
Pittsburgh           8 4 0
Holy Cross           7 4 0
Louisville           7 4 0
UNLV           7 4 0
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Northeast Louisiana           6 4 1
Georgia Tech           7 5 0
Hawaii           6 5 0
Miami           6 5 0
South Carolina           5 5 1
William & Mary           5 5 1
Cincinnati           5 6 0
Northwestern State           5 6 0
Villanova           5 6 0
Army           4 6 1
Memphis State           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
Virginia Tech           4 7 0
Air Force           3 8 0
Colgate           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Syracuse           3 8 0
Illinois State           2 9 0
West Virginia           2 9 0
Boston College           0 11 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Panthers competed in the 1978 Tangerine Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
Sat. Sep. 16 8:30 p.m. at Tulane Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA WTAE W 24–6   32,658
Sat. Sep. 23 1:30 p.m. Temple Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 20–12   43,445
Sat. Sep. 30 1:30 p.m. North Carolina Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA ABC W 20–16   50,439
Sat. Oct. 7 1:30 p.m. at Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA W 32–15   21,673
Sat. Oct. 14 at Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Rivalry) ABC L 17–26   59,075
Sat. Oct. 21 1:30 p.m. Florida Statedagger Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 7–3   55,104
Sat. Oct. 28 2:00 p.m. at Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD L 11–21   32,909
Sat. Nov. 4 1:00 p.m. at Syracuse Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY (Rivalry) W 18–17   26,039
Sat. Nov. 11 1:30 p.m. West Virginia Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Backyard Brawl) W 52–7   53,074
Sat. Nov. 18 1:30 p.m. Army Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 35–17   45,297
Sat. Nov. 25 1:30 p.m. at Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA (Rivalry) ABC L 10–17   77,465
Sat. Dec. 23 vs. NC State Orlando StadiumOrlando, FL (Tangerine Bowl) L 17–30   31,356
*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]

1978 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching Staff   Support Staff
  • Alex Kramer – Executive Assistant
  • Bob Matey – Scouting Coordinator
  • Kevin Dickey – Graduate Assistant
  • Gary Davis – Graduate Assistant
  • Tony Wise – Graduate Assistant
  Strength and Conditioning Staff
  • Bob Matey – Weight Program

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Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Gordon Jones Wide Receiver 2 34 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Walt Brown Center 5 131 Detroit Lions
Jeff Delaney Defensive Back 7 190 Los Angeles Rams
Al Chesley Linebacker 11 296 Philadelphia Eagles
David Logan Nose Tackle 12 307 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=215&season=1978
  2. ^ "Coaches Biographies". 1978 Pitt Football. University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. 1978. pp. 19–24. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1979.htm