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Frank Cignetti returns to Pitt as offensive coordinator

Jan. 21, 2022 16:37 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Frank Cignetti is ready for a third stint at Pittsburgh. The Panthers have hired Cignetti as the team's offensive coordinator more than 30 years after he began his coaching career at the school as a graduate assistant and a decade removed from a brief stint as...

Thorne leads No. 11 Spartans past No. 13 Pitt in Peach Bowl

Dec. 31, 2021 00:08 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Michigan State capped its turnaround from from a two-win season with a fourth-quarter comeback in the Peach Bowl. Payton Thorne’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Reed gave No. 11 Michigan State the lead with less than three minutes remaining and the Spartans...

No. 11 Spartans brace for Addison, No. 13 Pitt in Peach Bowl

Dec. 29, 2021 12:53 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Michigan State's last-ranked pass defense can't relax in the Peach Bowl just because Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett isn't playing. The No. 11 Spartans (10-2) still have to worry about Jordan Addison, the Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's top wide...

Michigan State, Pitt are without biggest stars in Peach Bowl

Dec. 29, 2021 11:55 AM EST

No. 13 Pittsburgh (11-2, Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. No. 11 Michigan State (10-2, Big Ten), Thursday, 7 p.m. Eastern (ESPN) Line: Michigan State favored by 2 1/2 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook Series record: Michigan State leads 6-0-1. ...

Peach provides Pitt's Patti first start since 'forever ago'

Dec. 27, 2021 14:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Patti's long wait for a second chance as Pittsburgh's starting quarterback is finally ending. “Seems like forever ago,” Patti said Monday. In the life of a college career, the gap between Patti's starts is indeed immense. ...

Pickett-less Pitt turns to Patti in Peach Bowl

Dec. 22, 2021 15:12 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kenny Pickett walked into Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi's office last week and spent 30 minutes laughing about the 13th-ranked Panthers' remarkable season, one that carried them to the program's first ACC title and Pickett to a prime spot on NFL draft boards. ...

Pitt lands former USC quarterback Kedon Slovis

Dec. 21, 2021 19:39 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kedon Slovis is trading USC for Pittsburgh. The former Trojans quarterback announced Tuesday he is heading east to join the ACC champion Panthers, where he will get a chance to replace ACC Player of the Year Kenny Pickett. “I’m feeling...

MSU RB Walker, Pitt QB Pickett skipping Peach Bowl

Dec. 16, 2021 21:46 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Peach Bowl will go on without Kenneth Walker and Kenny Pickett. Walker, an All-America running back at Michigan State, and Pickett, a record-setting quarterback for Pittsburgh, both announced Thursday they are skipping the bowl game to focus on the NFL draft....

Pitt awaits QB Pickett's decision on playing bowl game

Dec. 14, 2021 13:34 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi is just fine if quarterback Kenny Pickett takes his time deciding whether he'll play in the Peach Bowl against Michigan State. Narduzzi said jokingly on Tuesday he's OK as long as Pickett lets him know the night before the 13th-ranked...

Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker uncertain vs Pitt in bowl

Dec. 13, 2021 17:22 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said Monday he was uncertain whether All-America running back Kenneth Walker will play for 11th-ranked Spartans against No. 13 Pittsburgh in the Peach Bowl. The Big Ten Coach of the Year said Walker is battling through...