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Game day is finally here for the Panthers as they face the Penn State Nittany Lions. We’ll update this notebook throughout the day with notes from recruits that will be attending and with updates from Alan Saunders and Mike Vukovcan who will be live on the scene at Heinz Field. You can click here for updates from earlier in the day.

UPDATE (7:32 PM)-

UPDATE (7:09 PM)-


UPDATE (6:51 PM)- Check out some tailgaters doing their thing on the way into Heinz Field.

UPDATE (6:48 PM)- The rain has intensified at Heinz Field, and before formal warmups have even started, they’re working on the playing surface at Heinz Field. Looks like it could be a very sloppy track tonight.

UPDATE (6:20 PM)-

UPDATE (5:00 PM)-
Pitt fans are now officially allowed to enter the ARCO Parking lots that surround the stadium, but unofficially, tailgates have been going on for quite some time. Here’s some of our PittTwitter friends tailgating.

UPDATE (4:52 PM)-

UPDATE (4:40 PM)-


Right now, the gates to Heinz Field are solidly locked. But they will be opening at 5:40 p.m., a few minutes earlier than usual.

The team is scheduled to arrive on General Robinson Street at approximately 5:45 p.m.

UPDATE (4:05 PM)-

Pitt athletics is looking for a Saturday sweep at the volleyball team swept No. 12 Washington, 25-13 and 25-17.

UPDATE (3:35 PM)-

The weather and the Pirates appear to be cooperating for a smooth exchange in the parking lots surrounding PNC Park and Heinz Field this afternoon, but it’s not going to be a fast track for Pitt and Penn State tonight.

UPDATE (1:45 PM)-


Each week, Pitt brings a former player into the locker room to give a pregame speech and get the Panthers fired up. This week, with plenty of former greats in town thanks to Pitt’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday night, Pat Narduzzi had plenty of choices.

He went with “Iron” Mike Dikta, an Aliquippa native that was an All-American at Pitt and the first tight end inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame before going on to successful coaching and broadcasting careers. Ditka’s No. 89 has been retired by the Panthers.

Photo courtesy Pitt athletics.

Previous 2018 honorary captains:

Week 1 vs. Albany: QB Rod Rutherford (2000-03)

UPDATE (1:20 PM)-


Each game this season, Pitt will add a rotating fourth captain to the Panthers’ three permanent captains: RT Alex Bookser, MLB Quintin Wirginis and SS Dennis Briggs. This week, redshirt senior fullback George Aston will be the fourth game captain.

George Aston October 27, 2016 (Photo credit: David Hague)

Aston scored the opening touchdown against Penn State in 2016, and was quote on Pitt’s highlight video as saying “It’s a great day to hit someone in the mouth.”

Previous game captains:

Week 1 vs. Albany: OLB Seun Idowu

UPDATE (12:45 PM)-


Pitt will wear matte navy blue helmets, navy blue jerseys and navy blue pants against the Nittany Lions, which will suit up in their traditional, head-to-toe road whites. It’s the exact same set of uniforms each team wore at Heinz Field two years ago, when Pitt won, 42-39.

Ryan Lewis with the INT to seal the win over Penn State, September 10, 2016 (Photo credit: David Hague)

Pitt is 3-1 all-time in that combination, beating Virginia and Miami last year and losing to Virginia Tech in 2016.

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