1977 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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1977 Pittsburgh Panthers football
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Gator Bowl Champions
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 7
AP No. 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 »
1977 NCAA Division I Independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Notre Dame           11 1 0
#5 Penn State           11 1 0
Colgate           10 1 0
#16 San Diego State           10 1 0
Tennessee State           8 1 1
#14 Florida State           10 2 0
North Texas           10 1 0*
#8 Pittsburgh           9 2 1
East Carolina           8 3 0
Rutgers           8 3 0
Army           7 4 0
Louisville           7 4 1
Boston College           6 5 0
Cincinnati           5 4 2
Georgia Tech           6 5 0
Memphis           6 5 0
Northwestern State           6 5 0
Syracuse           6 5 0
William & Mary           6 5 0
Southern Miss           6 5 0
Temple           5 5 1
Hawaii           5 6 0
Navy           5 6 0
West Virginia           5 6 0
South Carolina           5 7 0
Utah State           4 7 0
Villanova           4 7 0
Illinois State           3 7 1
Virginia Tech           3 7 1
Indiana State           3 7 0
Miami (FL)           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Tulane           3 8 0
Air Force           2 8 1
Holy Cross           2 8 0
Northeast Louisiana           2 9 0
  • North Texas (originally 9-2-0) awarded a forfeit win after UCLA was found to be using an ineligible player.[1]
Rankings from AP Poll

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. No. 3 Notre Dame No. 7 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ABC 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 No. 16 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA W 45–7    
Sat. Oct. 8 7:00 p.m. at No. 20 Florida No. 15 Florida FieldGainesville, FL T 17–17    
Sat. Oct. 15 1:30 p.m. Navydagger No. 17 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 34–17    
Sat. Oct. 22 1:30 p.m. Syracuse No. 14 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) W 28–21    
Sat. Oct. 29 1:30 p.m. Tulane No. 13 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 48–0    
Sat. Nov. 5 1:30 p.m. at West Virginia No. 12 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Backyard Brawl) W 44–3    
Sat. Nov. 12 1:30 p.m. vs. Army No. 10 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ W 52–26    
Sat. Nov. 26 1:30 p.m. No. 9 Penn State No. 10 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ABC L 13–15    
Fri. Dec. 30 9:00 p.m. vs. No. 11 Clemson No. 10 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) ABC 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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