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 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 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 ABC L 10-17   77,465
Sat. Dec. 23 vs. North Carolina 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