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Pitt Offense Expecting Improved Syracuse ‘D’



PITTSBURGH — Two years ago, Pitt and Syracuse played in a game that would make any defensive coordinator blush.

The Panthers and Orange scored a combined 137 points in Pitt’s 76-61 victory at Heinz Field in 2016.

Last season, the result did not go Pitt’s way, but the game reflected more of the spirit of the way the two former Big East rivals have played over the years.

That is, some well-defended football. From 2012 to 2015, the teams averaged at total of 40 points per game. Three of those games were decided by a field goal or less. In 2017, it was again a field goal margin, 27-24 in favor of the Orange.

The Pitt offense is expecting it to be another closely-fought game where yards and points are hard to come by. Here’s quarterback Kenny Pickett, wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman, guard Connor Dintino and wide receiver Maurice Ffrench on what to expect from the Orange.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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