Pittsburgh 26, Baltimore 9

Oct. 1, 2017

Post-Game Notes

TEAM

  • Pittsburgh is 3-1 (2-1 on the road) and 2-0 against AFC North teams in 2017.

 

  • The Steelers are 23-20 in regular-season history against the Ravens (10-12 on the road).

 

  • Pittsburgh improved to 7-2 in regular-season games against Baltimore in the month of October (4-0 on the road in the month).

 

  • Pittsburgh has won each of the previous two regular-season games against Baltimore.

 

  • The Steelers are 447-283-2 during the regular season since 1970.

 

  • Yielded nine points to the Ravens – the ninth time in regular-season series history against Baltimore holding the Ravens to nine points or less – and third occasion on the road.

 

  • Held Baltimore scoreless in the first half for the third time in regular-season series history (Nov. 9, 1997 and Sept. 7, 2003).

 

  • Limited the Ravens to 69 yards of offense in the first half – tying as the fewest yards allowed in the first half in regular-season series history (Nov. 5, 2007).

 

  • Totaled seven tackles for loss to mark the team’s third game in 2017 with seven or more stops behind the line of scrimmage.

 

  • Recorded the longest offensive possession in the NFL in 2017 – spanning 10:23 in the first quarter – on 16 plays for 84 yards.

 

Head Coach Mike Tomlin

  • Improved his regular-season record to 106-58 since becoming the Steelers’ head coach in 2007 (46-37 on the road).

 

  • Improved to 10-11 as the Steelers’ head coach in regular-season games vs. Baltimore (4-7 on the road).

 

  • Is now 43-19 in regular-season games vs. AFC North foes (20-12 on the road).

 

  • Improved to 27-12 in regular-season games during the month of October (11-8 on the road).

 

  • Is now 81-14 when the Steelers hold a lead at halftime.

 

QB Ben Roethlisberger

  • Completed 18-of-30 passes for 216 yards with one touchdown and an interception.

 

  • Improved to 126-61 as a starter during the regular season (56-39 on the road).

 

  • Increased his Steelers franchise record for the most wins as a starting quarterback to 126 (Terry Bradshaw, 107).

 

  • Is now 11-8 against Baltimore in the regular-season as a starter (3-6 on the road).

 

  • Has compiled a record of 51-17 as a starter against AFC North opponents (25-10 on the road).

 

  • Increased his NFL records in completions (391), passing yards (4,665), touchdown passes (36) and passing plays of 25-plus yards (35) in games against Baltimore.

 

  • Surpassed Philip Rivers (3,864) for the ninth-most pass completions in NFL history, now with 3,891 in his NFL career:

MOST PASS COMPLETIONS IN

                Rk.      PLAYER, YEAR                                          NFL HISTORY

  1. Eli Manning, 2004-current                           4,158 (Game in Progress)
  2. John Elway, 1983-98                                   4,123
  3. Warren Moon, 1984-2000                            3,988
  4. Ben Roethlisberger, 2004-current           3,891
  5. Philip Rivers, 2004-current                          3,884 (Game in Progress)

 

WR Antonio Brown

  • Tied for the team lead in receptions (Le’Veon Bell) with four grabs for 34 yards.

 

  • Has registered at least one reception in 112 consecutive games in which he has played, including the postseason – dating back to October 3, 2010.

 

  • Has registered at least one reception in 103 consecutive regular-season games – dating back to October 3, 2010.

 

  • Increased his career reception total to 78 in games against Baltimore – the most among active NFL players in games vs. the Ravens.

 

  • Increased his receiving yards total to 8,765 – the second-most in team history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RECEIVING YARDS

  1. Hines Ward, 1998-2011                              12,083
  2.         Antonio Brown, 2010-current                   8,765
  3. John Stallworth, 1974-87                             8,723

 

  • Increased his scrimmage yards total to 8,884 – the fourth-most in team history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     SCRIMMAGE YARDS

  1. Franco Harris, 1972-83                               14,234
  2. Hines Ward, 1998-2011                              12,511
  3. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2005                           11,377
  4.         Antonio Brown, 2010-current                   8,884
  5. John Stallworth, 1974-87                             8,834

 

WR Martavis Bryant

  • Caught three passes for 48 yards (16.0 avg.).

 

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

  • Set a new single-game high in receiving yards (47) on three catching, along with a touchdown.

 

  • Caught his second touchdown reception of his rookie season – an 11-yard pass from QB Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter.

 

RB Le’Veon Bell

  • Led all players with a game high 186 yards from scrimmage (144 rushing yards on 35 carries / 42 receiving yards on four catches) and scored two rushing touchdowns.

 

  • His two rushing touchdowns marked the fifth multi-rushing touchdown game of his NFL career.

 

  • His 186 yards from scrimmage are the seventh-highest output in his NFL regular-season career and his 144 rushing yards tie as the sixth-most in his NFL regular-season career.

 

  • Posted the 15th 100-yard rushing game of his NFL career, his third in his career against Baltimore.

 

  • Moved into a tie with Rashard Mendenhall (29) for the fifth-most rushing touchdowns in Steelers history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

  1. Franco Harris, 1972-83                                   91
  2. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2005                               78
  3. Kordell Stewart, 1995-2002                             35
  4. Terry Bradshaw, 1970-83                                32

T5.       Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                       29

Rashard Mendnehall, 2008-12                    29

 

  • Has scored at least one rushing touchdown in each of the previous two games.

 

  • Moved into a tie with Merril Hoge for the 13th-most touchdowns from scrimmage in team history, with 34.

 

  • Increased his career rushing total to 4,369 – the fifth-most by a Steeler in team history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RUSHING YARDS

  1. Franco Harris, 1972-83                                   11,950
  2. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2005                               10,571
  3. Willie Parker, 2004-09                                     5,378
  4. John Henry Johnson, 1960-65                        4,381
  5. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                           4,369

 

  • Increased his career rushing total to 4,369 – the fifth-most by a Steeler in their first five years with the team:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RUSHING YARDS

  1. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2000                               6,713
  2. Franco Harris, 1972-76                                   5,133
  3. Willie Parker, 2004-08                                     4,989
  4. John Henry Johnson, 1960-64                        4,370
  5. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                           4,369

 

  • Surpassed Louis Lipps (6,406) for the seventh-most scrimmage yards in Steelers history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     SCRIMMAGE YARDS

  1. Heath Miller, 2005-15                                  6,577
  2. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                       6,472
  3. Louis Lipps, 1984-91                                   6,406
  4. Willie Parker, 2004-09                                 6,075
  5. Lynn Swann, 1974-82                                 5,534

 

  • Increased his career scrimmage yards total to 6,472 – the second-most by a Steeler in their first five years with the team:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     SCRIMMAGE YARDS

  1. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2000                           7,242
  2. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                       6,472
  1. Franco Harris, 1972-76                                   5,947
  1. Willie Parker, 2004-08                                 5,622
  2. Antonio Brown, 2010-14                              5,341

 

  • Has posted at least 100 yards from scrimmage in 33 career regular-season games and 150 yards from scrimmage for the 12th time in his NFL career during the regular-season.

 

  • Surpassed Merril Hoge (241) for the second-most receptions in Steelers history among running backs:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RECEPTIONS

  1. Franco Harris, 1972-83                                   306
  2. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                           244
  3. Merril Hoge, 1987-93                                       241
  1. Ray Mathews, 1951-59                               230
  2. Lynn Chandnois, 1950-56                           162

 

  • Recorded 95 yards from scrimmage in the first half (57 rushing / 38 receiving) – the sixth-most scrimmage yards in the opening half of a game in his NFL career.

 

  • Totaled 56 yards from scrimmage in the first quarter (36 rushing / 20 receiving) – the 13th time in his NFL career with 50 or more yards in the opening stanza of a game.

 

RB James Conner

  • Totaled 26 rushing yards on four carries, including a run of 23 yards in the first quarter – the longest running play by the Steelers in 2017.

 

G David DeCastro

  • Extended his consecutive regular-season games started streak to 60 – the second-longest active consecutive games started streak among NFL guards.

 

DE Cameron Heyward

  • Registered the third multi-sack game in his regular-season career, bringing down Baltimore QB Joe Flacco twice, increasing his 2017 sack total to 3.0 and his career total to 28.0.

 

  • Credited with a forced fumble and fumble recovery in the second quarter giving Pittsburgh the ball at the Baltimore 28-yard line – the third forced fumble and third fumble recovery of his NFL career.

 

DE Stephon Tuitt

  • Credited with a half-sack of Baltimore QB Joe Flacco (nine yards) in the fourth quarter, increasing his season total to 0.5 and his career total to 12.0.

 

CB William Gay

  • Extended his consecutive regular season games played streak to 164 – the longest active consecutive games played streak among NFL defensive players.

 

CB Mike Hilton

  • Tallied the first sack and interception of his NFL career, a six-yard takedown of Baltimore QB Joe Flacco, in the third quarter, and picked off Flacco in the fourth quarter.

 

S Sean Davis

  • Led the secondary with 5 tackles, all solo, and posted on pass defensed.

 

LB Ryan Shazier

  • Led the defense with 11 tackles (10 solo), along with a tackle for loss, one interception and three passes defensed.

 

  • Hauled in the fifth interception if his NFL career, picking off Baltimore QB Joe Flacco in the fourth quarter.

 

LB Bud Dupree

  • Credited with a half-sack of Baltimore QB Joe Flacco (nine yards) in the fourth quarter, increasing his season total to 1.5 and his career total to 10.0.

 

LB Arthur Moats

  • Extended his consecutive regular season games played streak to 68 – tied as the fifth-longest active consecutive games played streak among NFL linebackers.

 

K Chris Boswell

  • Converted two-of-three field goals attempts (30- and 49-yards), improving to seven-of-nine on field goal tries in 2017.

 

  • Tied Mike Clark (1964-67: 57) for the eighth-most field goals made in Steelers history:

                        Rk.  STEELER, YEARS                                                   FIELD GOALS MADE

  1. Kris Brown, 1999-2001                                                              80
  2. Lou Michaels, 1961-63                                                              62

                        T8.   Chris Boswell, 2015-current                                                   57

Mike Clark, 1964-67                                                                  57

  1. Matt Bahr, 1979-80                                                                    37

 

Browne Leads Pitt to 42-10 win vs. Rice

No matter how you look at it, this game was Max Browne’s Coming Out Party. As a Pitt player, he gave us a glimpse (and probably some justification) of why the Pitt Panthers signed him as a graduate-transfer out of USC and why he was named this season’s starter as he passed for to lead the Panthers to a win vs. the Rice Owls.
“It’s good to get a win. It’s been 3 long weeks.” Said Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi.
Just one week after splitting the duties with Ben DiNucci, Pitt Narduzzi decided to start Browne for this game and looked like a genius as Brown passed for 410 yards and 4 TDs as to lead the Panthers to a 42-10 victory to improve their record to 2-3. (0-1 ACC). His 410 yards were the most yards by a Pitt QB since Ben Savage passed for over 400 in 2014.
“He looked comfortable in the pocket.” Narduzzi said of Browne “Overall, you have to be happy with the passing game.”
Browne showed poise, patience and was finally able to get the ball down the field, something that we had not seen in Pitt’s first 4 games of the season. In fact, Browne looked like Tommy Maddox out there at times as he froze in the pocket like a statue. In this game, he looked like Ben Roethlisberger as he was a bit more mobile in the pocket which kept drives alive.
In fact, Browne kept Pitt’s first quarter drives alive which led to TDs as he found RB Chawntez Moss, WR Jester Weah for TDs and RB Quadree Ollison ran it in for 10 yards as the Panthers lead 21-0 after the first quarter of play. The defense wasn’t too shabby as well forcing the Owls offense to punt on 3 straight drives. After Moss fumbled on their 4th drive, he redeemed himself on the next drive when he scored a 1-yard drive, extending their lead to 28-0.
I must admit felt that it was DiNucci’s time to lead the Panthers, but he wasn’t impressive at all in their 35-14 loss to Georgia Tech. I was never one who agree with teams using a 2-QB system, but apparently that is what Narduzzi has in mind. It also gives more proof of why the Panthers miss Nate Peterman.
Even though Rice woke up on the first drive of the 3rd quarter as they drove 69 yards on 12 plays but settled for a 23-yard FG by K Haden Tobola and a 70-yard strike from QB Tyner Jackson to WR Walter Austin to close Pitt’s lead to 28-10, that was honestly as close as they got as the Panthers eventually woke up and scored more points courtesy of Browne.
The Panthers QB concluded his day with 2 more TDs, one to RB Daren Hall and the other to TE Chris Clark before being replaced by DiNucci late in the 4th quarter.
In addition to Browne, it was also a Coming Out Party for WR Aaron Matthews as he caught 4 passes for 50 yards and Clark as he finished the day with 5 catches for 23 yards. In the previous 4 games, Clark couldn’t buy a pass.
What also impressed me about Browne’s game was the fact that he finally found Weah, and he found the deep-threat WR often as he caught 4 passes for 137 yards and a TD in which he was so wide open that it makes me wonder if Rice’s defense knew there was a left side of the field. Weah is the type of playmaker that Pitt needs if they’re serious about turning their season around. Freshman WR Rafael Araulo-Lopes also had another impressive game as he caught 4 passes for 72 yards and Moss finished with 63 yards on 2 receptions as the passing game came alive against the Owls.
Pitt’s running game wasn’t as impressive as they finished with 69 total yards with the one TD by Ollison, who finished with 17 yards. In fact, it was S Jordan Whitehead who led the offense with 24 rushing yards. This young man is such a talent and never disappoints when he gets the ball in his hands.
“You can’t expect to win games when you only rush for 69 yards.” Said Narduzzi
The defense also got the job done as they limited the Owls to 10 points and forced Tyner into throwing 3 interceptions which helped stall 3 Rice drives. CBs Dane Jackson, Damar Hamlin and S Dennis Briggs each picked off passes for Pitt.
In a day in which there isn’t a such thing as a guaranteed win, the Panthers truly beat a team that they were expected to beat. Listed as 20-point favorites Rice showed why they weren’t as good as a team and Pitt took advantage of it. They proved they were better, but the Panthers know that there won’t be any easy games like this the rest of the season as they continue ACC play next week vs. Syracuse.
Question is, can Browne continue this success the rest of the season as they will face some superior opponents. He didn’t look to impressive in his first 4 games, but hopefully he will allow this game as inspiration for the rest of the 2017 season. But the Panthers will need him, especially next week against Syracuse and then the following week against NC State. Time will tell.
Notes: FB George Aston started his first game of 2017, but it was short-lived as he left the field with an injury on their first drive. He did not return.

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PITT (1-3, 0-1 ACC) vs. RICE (1-3, 1-1 C-USA) September 30, 2017 • Noon, ET

GAME STORYLINES

  • Pitt hosts Rice in the first meeting between the two schools in nearly seven decades. The Panthers and Owls last played during the 1950 and 1951 seasons.
  • Pitt is looking to snap a three-game losing streak, the longest of Pat Narduzzi’s head coaching tenure and the Panthers’ first since 2014. Boding well for Pitt’s future: the Panthers’ starting 22 at Georgia Tech featured only five seniors, including just one on defense.
  • Pitt is fielding one of its youngest defenses in recent memory. The starting lineup at Georgia Tech was comprised of three redshirt freshmen, two sophomores, five juniors and one senior (cornerback Avonte Maddox). Of those 11 players, eight are first-year starters.
  • On offense, sophomore quarterback Ben DiNucci is coming off his first career start. DiNucci completed 12 of 19 for 110 yards and a TD vs. Georgia Tech.
  • Junior all-purpose threat Quadree Henderson has six career return touchdowns following his 80-yard punt return score at Georgia Tech. The NCAA record for career kick return touchdowns is eight.
  • Quadree Henderson ranks sixth in the country in combined kick return yards (391). During his All-America 2016 season, Henderson led the nation in that category with 1,166.
  • Senior punter Ryan Winslow is having an all-star caliber season. Winslow is averaging a career-best 47.3 yards per punt to lead the ACC and rank fourth nationally. His 50.1 average on seven punts at Georgia Tech marked a personal best.
  • Since 2013, the Panthers’ inaugural ACC season, Pitt is undefeated against Conference USA. Over the past four seasons, Pitt has defeated current C-USA members Marshall, FIU and Old Dominion.

 

SERIES NOTES
This is the third all-time meeting between Pitt and Rice…the only two prior meetings were played in 1950-51…the Owls won both of those matchups: 14-7 in Pittsburgh during the 1950 season and 21-13 at Rice in 1951…since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2013 season, Pitt is undefeated against members of Conference USA…the Panthers defeated C-USA foe Marshall, 43-27, at Heinz Field last year…during the 2014 season, Pitt traveled to FIU and beat the Golden Panthers, 42-25…in 2013, Pitt’s inaugural ACC season, the Panthers defeated Old Dominion, 35-24, at Heinz…Old Dominion was actually an independent that year but would join C-USA for the 2014 season…Pitt is 8-3 overall against current C-USA members (0-2 vs. Rice, 2-1 vs. Southern Mississippi, 2-0 vs. FIU, 2-0 vs. UAB, 1-0 vs. Marshall and 1-0 vs. Old Dominion).

This Week in Black College Football with Trevin A Jones

Week five of the HBCU ( Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  football season kicks off Thursday night with the Eagles of North Carolina Central paying the Rattlers of Florida A&M a visit in Tallahassee. The Eagles are ranked number two on the Urban Media today HBCU Poll and have two wins against one loss, FAMU who currently is not ranked has two wins against two losses. NCCU has three quarterbacks, yes I said three (Micah Zanders, Chauncey Caldwell, and Naiil Ramadan) all who could be under center at any time and cause the coach Al Woods’ Rattlers problems. Look for FAMU Redshirt-Quarterback Ryan Stanley to put the Eagles secondary to work.

Friday night will feature ninth-ranked Alcorn State placing their 2-2 record on the line against the Tigers of Texas Southern. Coach Fred McNair and his Braves are fresh off a 17 point win over Southern and will look for leading ground gainer De’Lance Turner who rushed for 276 yards in the win, to continue gobbling up yards against the Tigers. TSU has yet to win a game in three outings this season and has been outscored  83-37. Head coach Mike Haywood will definitely look to his offense to do better than their 12 points per game average in order to be successful against Alcorn State.

Saturday the number one team in the land Grambling State will be featured in the windy city against the Panthers of Clark Atlanta in the Chicago Classic. This battle of Tiger-Cats is also a battle of two Urban Media Today’s top ten teams who have each only lost one game in four contests this season. GSU features the number two scoring offense and number one scoring defense in the SWAC ( South Western Athletic Conference) and Clark Atlanta features the top scoring offense and defense in the SIAC (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). Look for Grambling defensive back De’Aumante Johnson to be the “Eye of the Tiger”, he is coming off a three-interception performance. The Tigers may need to go without stars, QB Devante Kincade and running back Martez Carter. Both may be sidelined with injuries. Meanwhile, the Panthers have an outstanding tight end in Rodney Morris who is fresh off a two TD performance and over 100 yards receiving.

Saturday will also feature third-ranked North Carolina A&T battling the South Carolina State Bulldogs. SCSU is coming off a tough loss to North Carolina Central and things will not get any easier against the undefeated  Aggies.The  Fourth-ranked Bulldogs of Bowie State put their unblemished record on the line against Fayetteville State in North Carolina.Fifth-ranked Virginia State will also play in the Tar Heel state as the 3-0 Trojans will pay the winless Blue Bears of Livingstone a visit in Salisbury. Meanwhile, the 3-1 Tigers of Tennessee State will take on Ohio Valley Conference Foe Eastern Illinois and 10th ranked Albany State looks to put an end to a two-game losing streak taking on Miles college in Alabama.

Saturdays Games: (Schools not listed are not in action this week)

HBCU Independents:

Univ. of God’s Chosen at  Virginia University-Lynchburg

Edward Waters            at   Ave Maria

East Stroudsburg         at  Cheyney

Glennville State            at  West Virginia State

Texas College              at   Bacone

CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association)

Chowan                        at  Johnson C. Smith

Virginia Union               at  St Augustine’s

Elizabeth City State      at  Shaw

Lincoln (PA)                  at  Winston Salem State

SWAC (Southern  Western  Athletic Conference):

Arkansas Pine-Bluff      at   Alabama A&M

Jackson State               at   Prairie View A&M

Fort Valley State           at   Southern

SIAC (Southern  Intercollegiate Athletic Conference):

Tuskegee                      at   Lane

Texas Wesleyan            at   Langston

Kentucky State              at   Morehouse

Central State                 at   Benedict

MEAC (Mid-Eastern  Athletic Conference):

Savannah State            at    Bethune Cookman

Make sure to check back for this weekends Results and the Urban Media Today HBCU Football Poll.

Trevin A  Jones

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Pat Narduzzi Press Conference Rice Week

PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO: Narduzzi Rice Preview

PAT NARDUZZI: Another tough Monday. Another tough Sunday. We had a tough Saturday down in Atlanta, as you guys know. Played a good football team down there, well-coached, have a lot of respect for Paul Johnson and what he does as a program, their schemes and what they do. Good football coach. He’s been doing it a long time. That’s the first time they’ve gotten us in three years, so chalk one up for them. Nice job, and we’ll keep going back to the drawing board on everything we did there.

But moving on to the next one, obviously we’ve got a Rice football team coming in here that’s a 1-3 team like we are coming off a tough loss to FIU and they’ve beaten UTEP, lost to Stanford and one other, Houston, I guess, good Houston team that’s athletic, so they’ve had a tough schedule, as well.

Coach Bailiff is a great football coach. I don’t know him personally, but I’ve heard a lot of great things. Everybody that’s ever worked for him loves him. We’re looking forward to having them come up here and rebounding.

With that, I’ll open it up for questions.

Q. Ben said after the game that you told him he’s still the guy, still going to be starting. Is everyone on the same page there? Is that what you expressed to him the past couple weeks?
PAT NARDUZZI: You know what, not really. To be honest with you, I saw him coming in right as I was walking out. I think he was the next one up (in the postgame press conference), I just said, hey, go in there with confidence; you’re still our guy. He is still one of our guys; we’ve got two of them we like. And I thought Max did some great things when he was in there, too, and I thought Ben did some nice things. When you look at the opening drive Ben took down the field, if you do that three or four or five times, I’d feel pretty good. When we have eight three-and-outs, I don’t feel very good. We get a turnover at the 34-yard line, we gain one yard and three downs, kick a 50-yarder and miss it, it doesn’t feel real good, so there’s some things that need to be better.

It was our worst performance rushing the ball, and I’ve talked about making decisions in the pass game and decisions in the run game. They’re both big things, and obviously Ben can make plays with his feet and he scrambles around and does a lot of things, but he’s still got a lot of room for improvement, as does Max. We’re still searching. It’ll be a work in progress this week, and we’ll see what happens.

But that was kind of an after-the-game feeling good about the first drive, and I wanted to make sure he went in with confidence with you guys so you guys didn’t get after him. But when you watch the tape, there’s a lot of things that we have to work on.

Q. You mentioned it was a tough day running the ball. Is that a byproduct of the fact that people can just bring eight guys to the line?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, it might be. We’ve got to get it deep, and people are playing us a little bit different, at least on Jester’s side, and we don’t help ourselves with some of the techniques and fundamentals we use at the receiver position, so it’s got to clean up.

Q. Is it still a case of Ben kind of staring down receivers at times?
PAT NARDUZZI: There were some times. What did you see? There were some times. You see that one tipped ball early, guy fades right into it because he looks over there, and that’s probably a completion if you keep your eyes where it needs to be. So there’s little things, polish, and things that you certainly can work on to get better at, but you’ve got to do it every day and you’ve got to go out in the game and prove that you learned something.

And that’s probably the most disappointing thing is just watching the improvement week to week is not as much as you’d like to see, and I know it’s not game 1 to game 2, it’s game 3 to 4 or 2 to 3, and you just want to see more improvement out of a younger team.

Q. Do you challenge Jester at all? You talked about technique a little bit. He has seemed to have some troubles?
PAT NARDUZZI: Jester challenges himself. I don’t know if he needs me in his head. Receivers can be like kickers, too, you know, and everybody can be like kickers. Coaches can be like kickers, reporters can be like kickers. Some people got thin skin and thick skin. Jester is hard on himself. He cares, and just seeing some different things, it’s probably frustrated him and he needs to get out of that and play loose and go, and we’ll address that again this week.

Q. Still a wide-open competition between Ben and Max this week?
PAT NARDUZZI: I believe so, yeah. I mean, we’re going to talk as a staff here. We’re going to talk as a staff this afternoon, just kind of figure out where we are. I think it’s also based on what you’re seeing, what are they doing defensively, what’s our game plan, and I think it comes down to a game plan as far as who they are defensively as we break them down and what’s our best match-up against what they do.

Q. Speaking of the game plan, other than the early touchdown with Qadree (Ollison), it didn’t seem like Ben was looking downfield that much. Was that more him or was it more what Shawn Watson is telling him to look for?
PAT NARDUZZI: Well, I think he’s supposed to go through his progressions and key what he’s supposed to key, and sometimes you look there and sometimes you don’t, and that’s maybe a little bit of the problem, too. I’ll leave it at that.

Q. Paul Johnson made some comments after the game about your technique on defense, some things you guys do. I don’t know if you heard about it —
PAT NARDUZZI: If we did, we didn’t do it very good. On the dive, I’ll guarantee you that. Some things we did?

Q. He kind of alluded to the fact that you guys might play, was it dirty — he said dangerous.
PAT NARDUZZI: I said dangerous on the radio show.

Q. He said your defensive linemen —
PAT NARDUZZI: Hey, we’re locked into Rice. Just look at the tape. We’re focused on Rice. That’s water under the bridge. Appreciate you letting me know that.

Q. Henry Miller to linebacker?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, Henry Miller moving to linebacker is something that we made last week, and we’re slowly transitioning to that spot, and again, you say why. It’s just try to move guys around to where we think they can best help this football team, and I think that guy can be a great outside linebacker. I think he can be the future Star (position), as big as strong as he is. We just need to coach him up, and one of the big reasons is that with the return of some guys, whether it’s Therran coming back and Damar coming back, it was just like he was caught in a logjam back there mentally of being a guy that was going to be seriously considered to get on the field, and I was like, he’s too good a player, we’ve got to move him up, which is kind of my evolution, Coach Conklin’s evolution of kind of how we like to move and get speed on the field. That’s what happened to Seun, he was a safety that would never play for us on the hash, and he’s playing some pretty productive football for us at that Star position. It’s a hybrid DB/linebacker position versus all the spread stuff we see, and he does a nice job.

Q. Keeping with the linebackers, I’m wondering why we didn’t see more of Chase Pine?
PAT NARDUZZI: Chase Pine came in for a play. You didn’t see him?

Q. You said you didn’t have anyone else to put in there.
PAT NARDUZZI: Jerry (DiPaola of the Tribune-Review), tell him why I’m not talking about Chase Pine. (Smiles)

Q. (Injury) So that’s why?
PAT NARDUZZI: But I think he’s going to be okay anyway.

Q. Is it the ‘I’ word?
PAT NARDUZZI: It’s the ‘I’ word. He got dinged up a little bit, and it is what it is. He played, I think, 11 plays on special teams, but he was the guy. He was the guy that got all the reps at that position, and then we had to move to the third guy, which was not good.

Q. Which O-line did you like better?
PAT NARDUZZI: I like Bookser when he’s on the field. As a matter of fact, we’re sending him over to the School of Medicine to find out if we can clone Bookser. Bookser is playing well and he was productive at guard and tackle. I liked the combination with whoever is next to him is playing really good. That’s a combination I like. Whoever that other guy is going to be the key, and that’s what we’re looking for, get some consistency at that other spot.

Q. You talked about one of the things you like about your job is coaching coaches. I’m curious when you’ve got one side of the ball that’s particularly been struggling that’s been a few weeks now for the offense, do you go with Shawn?
PAT NARDUZZI: I do, and maybe I’m messing them all up in there. I give my thoughts on what I see, try to look at their self-scout, things that a defensive guy could help them out with. I don’t go in there and try to mess with schemes. But the main thing is I look and say, hey, how’s the back of line, have you done anything out of this, those type of suggestions, without — there’s nothing worse than someone coming in that doesn’t know what they’re talking about on that side. Now, I can talk fundamentals and I can talk technique and what looks like a play action pass and what looks like pass, not play action, and I can talk about run fundamentals and playing with leverage and knocking someone off the ball, and those are things I’ll focus more on. Their plays are their plays. How do we make the plays better, which is the fundamentals. That’s coaching. That’s making sure your individual periods, your team takeoff periods match what we’re doing out there, and obviously sometimes you guys are out there for the little team takeoff we have where we’re throwing screens, for example. You guys are out there for that period usually when we’re throwing some screens, but we’re throwing screens on air, and it’s just to get those guys air, but in the game we haven’t executed our screens very well, so I said, hey, if we’re going to run some screens we’re going to do it against real people this week. We’ll go exchange, so those are coaching the coaches. Like hey, guys, they’re struggling with having guys in front of them instead of — it seems a simple concept but not good enough, so we’ve got to do something to fix that. So it’s really what you practice every day, so those are little things that — there’s more than that, but little things you try to look for as a coach.

Q. Along the same lines are you going to try to get more creative with the offensive play calling this week?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, I mean, you can do that if you’d like to. Is ‘more’ better, is the question. I’d like to see him get the stuff — we’ve got a pretty lengthy playbook, and every week you pick stuff that you like, but it comes down to execution, so the more stuff you throw in, it’s like playing flag football, if you’ve got 10 things on your wristband and you’re bad at all of them, it’s not very good, so more is not always better. It’s quality of what you have in. And right now we’re trying to master the quality of knowing who to block, so you may even see the game planning go slimmer so we can get good at what we’re doing.

That’s how I’d like to do it.

Q. How did you like the Whitehead-Hamlin combination?
PAT NARDUZZI: We didn’t put them out there together — you’re talking about because they were on the same side together? You mean the safety — you mean like a corner-safety? They were in the game together, but it wasn’t like we tried to put them together. But I like when No. 9 is out there, I can tell you that. Damar had a good game. One missed tackle, which he’s a young guy, and it was an easier tackle on the quarterback when he spun on and had a heck of a move by TaQuan, but Damar is getting better every week, and he’s aggressive, he’s tough. I don’t know if you noticed his block on the punt return for a touchdown, but he’s physical, too. I mean, for a guy that has not played a lot of football here, he’s a football player, and I like what I see out of him and what I saw in Whitehead Saturday.

Q. The other guy who was blocking on the punt return, and was on a couple special teams, was Thomas MacVittie.
PAT NARDUZZI: How about that? Thomas is a guy that we’ve been working in — as a matter of fact I think you guys mentioned it in camp a long time ago. I don’t know why I remember what you guys say about being a personal protector on the punt team. He’s just such a good athlete. He’s athletic. He can do a lot of different things. So we moved him into special teams, and he’s liking it. He sits in special teams meetings with a smile on his face, and he’s taking that as a role to get on the field and make an impact, and it was great to have a lot of those guys — one of the other key blocks was Pinnock’s block at the very end where it was a physical block. It was not an easy block. But he laid someone out. I don’t know what number he was, or maybe he was a freshman, too, but he had a great block to spring the final part of that run.

Q. And is that an indication that MacVittie might move somewhere at some point in time?
PAT NARDUZZI: No, I don’t think so. He’s still a baby, and not at all.

Q. How valuable is George Aston to what you guys do offensively?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, he’s extremely valuable. I gave you a little bit of hint last week, I guess, and said he was probable, and he’s more than probable this week. There’s not a guy — I love this football team. Win or lose, you love these guys you coach every day, and they grow on you. But George is a not only good football player, but he’s an intense, brings it every day, and you should have seen the sweat he was in pregame. ‘Coach, I’m ready. You’re the last guy that has to okay me to go.’ And I’m like — because he looked okay last week but not great, but he’s gotten better every day. He got better sitting in a hotel room on Friday night. He’s a difference maker for us, not only as a football player but emotionally in the huddle. I think he’ll add some intensity that maybe we’re lacking. And you need those guys in the huddle. And he’s a guy that’s going to make a difference for sure.

Q. Broadening out a little bit, you look at some of the results on Saturday, NC State goes to Tallahassee and wins, BC makes Clemson work for it on the road —
PAT NARDUZZI: Syracuse takes LSU to the wire.

Q. When you look at the league, does it maybe speak to — I know it’s early, but that this thing could be more wide open than normal? One loss isn’t the end —
PAT NARDUZZI: Well, I think that’s always the case. One (ACC) loss, I’m not worried about one loss. I’m worried about one win each week. We didn’t help ourselves Saturday with execution and whatever. But it’s — we’re just focused on the next game to get to two and three and then head into the ACC again. But not worried about one loss or two losses. I think our guys know it could be — Coastal champion could have two losses. You just don’t know what’s going to be; it’s too early. One game into the ACC, if you think all the hopes are shot, then you haven’t been around college football long enough to know there’s a lot of good teams and anything can happen any given weekend.

Q. Does that catch your eye when you see NC State —
PAT NARDUZZI: Catches my eye how good the ACC is, period. You talk about from top to bottom, it’s a darned good conference. You know, I think it’s the best in the country, and you keep watching some of these other teams play, and you watch State go down to Tallahassee and do that, it opens up your eyes. You watch Syracuse go down to LSU, maybe more impressive what he’s done up there, Dino has done with that football team and taking LSU to the wire, as well.

Q. Any of the other results Saturday —
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, I’ve got to look. I’ve got to find out what’s going on because I’ve got to vote for that coaches’ poll.

Q. How did Weaver do?
PAT NARDUZZI: Weaver did well. Weaver had a great week of practice. Weaver was better equipped, I guess, for the option. Just a different type of game. And Weaver keeps — as far as I’m concerned, Weaver is a starter as well as Allen Edwards. Allen Edwards just wasn’t as good with the option and the little things that you had to do to get your hands on the tackle and some of those things. Weaver did a nice job and played really good.

Q. Are Dintino and Morrissey in a battle again?
PAT NARDUZZI: They are. I think they’ve battled every week to be honest with you, but just some things that we did in there that wasn’t good enough. You know, competition makes everybody better, and Dintino is a good football player, too, so we’ve just got to play who practices better, who’s doing the little things right.

Q. What did you see as a response from the team over the last week? Was it decisive?
PAT NARDUZZI: Not even close to decisive.

Q. Did you see a response?
PAT NARDUZZI: I did. Our kids were locked in, and I told them that on Thursday and Friday, even our Saturday meetings. They were just a little — it’s a little different attitude to them, and we talk a lot about attitude. I thought you could look at special teams wise, I thought we played a darned good game, played good enough to win. Not just — if you go back and look at those punt returns, we’re one block away from scoring another two. I thought our special teams played well overall. I guess you could yell at Winslow for kicking them out of the end zone just because he’s booming them, so we’ve got to practice now his — 60 yards away from the end zone you can’t just hit it like you did because you’re now cranking the ball better than you ever have, so we’ve got to do a better job as coaches of getting him in that range in practice when we practice punt and making sure he doesn’t do that because he’s now got that leg, and his operation is so perfect right now. So I was happy with special teams.

Defensively I think, like I say, anytime there’s a loss you look at the coaches. They did a nice job. They did some different things on the dive. I think someone asked me about the toss play early, right, someone like last Thursday or Friday, whatever day we talked, said about the toss play. We crushed the toss, but that’s what they do. They do a great job coaching. Like I said, Paul Johnson does a great job, and we took the toss away, but then they did some different things on the dive. So next year we’ll try to take what they did and then he’ll have something else that he’ll pull out of his bag of tricks. Again, we made some adjustments in the second half to get it and we missed a couple tackles here and there and were getting worn out to be honest with you. We were on the field way too long, and that’s what’s going to happen, but when you look at the execution of it, there was some good stuff. Defense flew around, played with great effort and played tough all the way to the end. I mean, our guys never quit, not a guy on the football team. We had Ox, our equipment guy, said he had never seen two broken facemasks on linebackers. We had two smooshed facemasks. It was a physical game, and there was a lot of hitting going. Our kids played hard, played with a lot of passion, and that’s what you like.

Q. What do you see when you watch video of you in the run game?
PAT NARDUZZI: Execution, missing blocks, not staying in our lane on zone plays, maybe going the wrong way. When I say that should be handed off here, not handed off there, some of those little things that you guys would not see because you don’t know, you’re just watching the same game. Ran that way. But there’s some numbers issues that you run into if you don’t go the right way, and those are some of the things we’ve got to correct, and then we’ve got to knock some people off the ball. Those are what I see. And I see tailbacks not taking good paths, too. There’s a lot of things. It’s not one guy, it’s 11 guys all the time, and that’s a fact.

Q. With a team coming in like Rice that’s not as big, strong, fast —
PAT NARDUZZI: They’re bigger and faster than you want them to be as you think they are to be honest with you.

Q. Might you try and get more guys involved this week than you have in the past?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, we tried to do that against Youngstown. We wanted to do that against Youngstown. That’s always nice to say. This is not a 1-AA team coming in. This is a well-coached, hungry football team that I see. They play with passion, too. They’ve got high motors on both sides of the ball, I think, and we’re not looking to play more guys. We’re looking to play the guys that are executing properly in practice, play those guys, hope they go out on the field and execute and practice and we do a great job as coaches getting them in position to make plays and play the guys that help us win the football game. That’s all I’m worried about is a win. That’s all we can be.

I’m not worried about who gets in the game because they’ll get their opportunities on special teams if they’re a backup and they execute on that team. Not worried about who plays and how many play. I’m worried about the quality of how we play.

Q. The old adage is if you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have any. I’m sort of curious, would you like to find an identity at some point offensively?
PAT NARDUZZI: We wanted to find an identity back in camp when we announced that. You know, you don’t want to go through the two-quarterback system. It’s kind of like we did my first year with Chad and Nathan until it kind of washed out. But we tried not to do that, but we’re still to the same point right now, who’s that guy going to be, and that’s just kind of the situation we’re in right now, unfortunately.

Q. Were you disappointed with Johnson comment about the four fumbles?
PAT NARDUZZI: I didn’t read it. I don’t read the newspaper. Was it in USA Today on the front page?

Q. I believe it was.
PAT NARDUZZI: With other comments? No, I didn’t see it. I don’t look.

NFL takes a Unified Stand; Steelers fall to Bears in OT

 

 In the past year, the National Football League (NFL) has gotten significant attention. As you might imagine, that would be nothing new because the NFL is truly the most popular sport not just in the country, but also on the planet. (You don’t believe me, just watch the Super Bowl and see how many international media are in attendance)

But the attention that the NFL is garnering is coming from what took place off, or rather on the sidelines of the field. A year ago, during a Preseason game, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, decided to sit for the National Anthem, instead of a stand which leads to an onslaught of scrutiny. His reason? “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag that opposes black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder. Eventually, Kaepernick chose to kneel for his convictions. He stated that he would keep kneeling until he feels like the American Flag represents what it’s supposed to represent.”

Many (Mostly in the African-American community) were emboldened by Kaepernick’s actions, along with many fellow NFL players, while others criticized the quarterback because they felt that he was disrespecting the Star-Spangled Banner and the American Flag, calling him a ‘traitor’ and ‘an embarrassment’ and that he should just stick to football.

In the midst of it all, Kaepernick’s 2016 on the field was a challenge from the start as he was replaced at starting QB by Blaine Gabbert. Despite it all, Kaepernick had a decent season for the 49ers in which he passed for 16 TDs and only four interceptions. But then Kaepernick chose to opt-out of his contract, which made him a free agent. Other than Baltimore and Seattle who met with him, no other NFL team has shown interest in him.

The fact that Kaepernick isn’t signed yet is disconcerting to many African-Americans, and they have chosen to boycott the NFL and not watch any games as a result. They feel that the NFL is blackballing him for refusing to stand for the National Anthem. President Donald Trump stated that any team that signed Kaepernick would face a public relations crisis.

President Trump struck again as he made general comments at a rally in Alabama suggesting that NFL owners should fire any NFL player that chooses to protest the National Anthem. But then the NFL stated that they refused to agree with Trump’s statement which they feel causes division and does not represent the country’s institutions and values. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB) also expressed their disappointment in President Trump’s words and Oakland Athletics C Bruce Maxwell became the first baseball player to take a knee for the National Anthem.

On Sunday, NFL players and owners spoke loud with their disagreements over Trump’s words by collectively taking a knee, sitting or even refusing to be on the field during the National Anthem. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the team that declined to remain in the locker room (although T Alejandro Villanueva stood outside the tunnel) as the song was played.

I applaud the NFL for taking a stand because according to the country’s constitution, they have their rights. They showed a sign of unity that’s needed at a time when there are discrimination and racism in the land. It just goes to show that the players are people too and they realize that the fight off the field is more important than the fight on the field.

Steelers get upset by Bears on OT-Jordan Howard pushed through the pain in his right shoulder to give the Bears the lift they needed.

Howard scored on a 19-yard run in overtime to lead Chicago to a 23-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Howard’s winning score came two plays after rookie Tarik Cohen broke off an electric run for what appeared to be a 73-yard game-winning touchdown. But he was ruled out at the Pittsburgh 37. Howard took over from there and got a big assist as he ran along the left side. Deonte Thompson might have grabbed Pittsburgh’s Artie Burns while pushing him out of bounds. But no flag was thrown, and the Bears (1-2) came away with a surprising victory.

 

Howard came up clutching his right shoulder – which has bothered him since the opener – several times and wasn’t sure he would make it through this game. He wound up with 138 of Chicago’s 220 yards rushing, and two touchdown runs. It was just what the Bears needed with quarterback Mike Glennon delivering another lackluster performance.

 

The Steelers (2-1) stayed on the sideline for the national anthem in the wake of President Donald Trump’s comments that players who kneel in protest should be fired. Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva – an Army veteran – stood near the tunnel with his hand over his heart.

Once the game ended, they found themselves in a familiar spot – losing to a lesser team and losing in Chicago, where they are 1-13 against the Bears.

 

The Steelers have had at least one head-scratching loss every year going back to 2012.

Last year, Pittsburgh fell 34-3 to Philadelphia, which finished with a losing record. In 2015, the Steelers were surging toward a playoff spot, when they lost late in the season to a Baltimore team that went 5-11.

 

Despite the victory, Glennon did nothing to stop the calls in Chicago for No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky, throwing for just 101 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Marcus Cooper committed an inexplicable fumble after the Bears blocked a field goal in the closing seconds of the half. With a clear path to the end zone, he slowed down and had the ball poked away at the 1. But the Bears won for just the first time in nine September games over three seasons under coach John Fox.

 

Ben Roethlisberger blamed himself for Pittsburgh’s loss. ‘I think I was off today,” he said after throwing for 235 yards and a touchdown. ”For whatever reason, I did not make all the throws I usually would and make the plays I normally should.”

Antonio Brown had 110 yards receiving and a touchdown. And Le’Veon Bell ran for 61 yards and a TD for Pittsburgh.

 

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This Week in Black College Football with Trevin A Jones

In the Urban Media Today Top Ten action the Grambling State Tigers improved to 3 and 1 on the year with a 32 point win over conference opponent Mississippi Valley State 38-6. The Tiger defense came up big in the victory as De’Aumante Johnson pulled down three interceptions in the first half, returning his first interception for a touchdown.

 

Second-Ranked North Carolina Central picked up a win earlier in the week against South Carolina State and third-ranked  North Carolina A&T State University kept rolling along with their undefeated season beating up on the Bears of Morgan State 49-17. Speaking of undefeated seasons the Bulldogs of Bowie State have now won all four of their games, the latest a 76-7 thrashing of Shaw. QB Amir “Showtime” Hall fresh off an 8 touchdown performance a week ago, added 6 more passing touchdowns. Hall passed for 420 yards as he connected on 22 of 33 passing attempts without an interception.

 

In other top ten actions, the Trojans of Virginia State make their first appearance in this seasons top five, after picking up their third win in a row beating Winston-Salem State 33-27. Tennessee State suffered their first loss  31-16  at the hands of  UT-Martin. The Tigers loss dropped them to sixth in the UMT-Sports Poll.

 

Albany State also fell in the poll, thanks to a 48-16 loss to West Georgia. This was the second time in two weeks the Golden Rams suffered defeat and now they find themselves in the tenth spot in the poll. ASU made way for the Bison of Howard who picked up their second win of the season defeating then ninth-ranked Bethune-Cookman in a thriller 26-24. Howard is now ranked seventh and the Wildcats fall out of the top ten after losing their third game of the season.

 

The Clark-Atlanta Panthers picked up their third win against one loss this season with a 31-7 win over the Lane Dragons. Panthers quarterback Johnathon McCrary passed for 183 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way. Senior Tight End Rodney Morris caught both of the Td passes as he finished with three receptions for 115 yards. The win propelled CAU to the eighth position on the UMT Top Ten poll. Another school making their debut is the ninth-ranked Braves of Alcorn State who were victorious over then tenth ranked Southern University 48-3.

HBCU Independents:

Shepard                   56    West Virginia State   41

Bloomsburg             48     Cheyney                  19

Truman St                41     Lincoln (Mo)            14

Wayland Baptist.      24    Texas College           23

Cumberlands            51    Edward Waters         7

 

CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association):

Virginia Union             47       Fayetteville State   40

St. Augustine’s            81       Lincoln (PA)             9

Chowan                       25       Livingstone            12

 

SIAC (Southern  Intercollegiate Athletic Conference):

Findlay                        61        Tuskegee     0

Fort Valley State.        31         Benedict     21

Kentucky State           34         Central St   22

Miles                           27         Morehouse 24

 

MEAC (Mid-Eastern  Athletic Conference):

Norfolk State               17          Delaware St    7

North Carolina Central 33         S.C. State     28 ( Played Thursday)

 

SWAC (Southern  Western  Athletic Conference):

Alabama A&M              30         Texas Southern     13

Prairie View A&M         34          Alabama State       0

 

UMT Black College Football   Poll  09/24/17  (Week 4):

 

1 Grambling St.            3-1     (Beat  Mississippi Valley St 38-6)

2 N. Carolina Central    2-1     (Beat South Carolina St. 33-28 )

3 North Carolina A&T   4-0     (Beat Morgan St 49-17)

4 Bowie State               4-0     (Beat Shaw 76-7 )

5 Virginia State             3-0     (Beat Winston-Salem 33-27)

6 Tennessee State        3-1     (Lost to UT-Martin 31-16)

7  Howard                     2-2     (Beat Bethune-Cookman 26-24)

8  Clark -Atlanta            3-1     (Beat Lane 31-7 )

9   Alcorn State             2-2     (Beat Southern 48-31)

10 Albany State            2-2     (Lost to West Georgia 48-16)

Honorable Mention :

Langston                      3-0    (Beat  Bacone 36-6 )

Elizabeth City State      3-1    (Beat J.C. Smith  20-17)

Arkansas Pine-Bluff      2-2    (Beat Jackson State 34-27)

Hampton                       2-2    (Lost to Monmouth  30-23)

Florida A&M                  2-2    ( Beat Savannah St 20-14)

Make sure to check back for this weekends preview and the UMT player watch list.

Trevin A  Jones

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Chicago 23, Pittsburgh 17 OT

Sept. 24, 2017

Post-Game Notes

 

TEAM

  • Pittsburgh is 2-1 (1-1 on the road) and 1-1 against NFC opponents in 2017.

 

  • The Steelers are now 24-20-2 in overtime games in team history.

 

  • The Steelers are 7-19-1 in regular-season history against the Bears (1-12 on the road).

 

  • Pittsburgh lost its first game after winning nine consecutive games, including six on the road, dating back to Nov. 20, 2016, tying as the fourth longest win streak in team history:

MOST CONSECUTIVE REGULAR-SEASON

                Rk.      DATES                                                        GAMES WON: STEELERS HISTORY

  1.     Sept. 26, 2004-Sept. 18, 2005                     16
  2.     Oct. 5, 1975-Dec. 13, 1975                         11
  3.     Oct. 17, 1976-Sept. 19, 1977                       10

T4.       Nov. 20, 2016-Sept. 10, 2017                     9

Nov. 19, 1978-Sept. 23, 1979                      9

 

  • The Steelers are 446-283-2 during the regular season since 1970.

 

Head Coach Mike Tomlin

  • Is now 105-58 since becoming the Steelers’ head coach in 2007 (45-37 on the road).

 

  • Is 0-3 as the Steelers’ head coach in regular-season games vs. Chicago (0-2 on the road).

 

  • Is now 27-15 in regular-season games vs. NFC teams (11-10 on the road).

 

  • Is now 21-16 in regular-season games during the month of September (9-13 on the road).

 

QB Ben Roethlisberger

  • Completed 22-of-39 passes for 235 yards with one touchdown. His 22 completions and 235 yards were game highs.

 

  • Is 125-61 as a starter during the regular season (55-39 on the road).

 

  • Is now 1-3 against Chicago in the regular-season as a starter (0-2 on the road).

 

  • Has compiled a record of 33-16 as a starter against NFC opponents (14-11 on the road).

 

  • Surpassed Philip Rivers (3,864) for the ninth-most pass completions in NFL history, now with 3,873 in his NFL career:

MOST PASS COMPLETIONS IN

                Rk.      PLAYER, YEAR                                          NFL HISTORY

T6.       Eli Manning, 2004-current                           4,158

John Elway, 1983-98                                   4,123

  1. Warren Moon, 1984-2000                            3,988
  2. Ben Roethlisberger, 2004-current           3,873
  3. Philip Rivers, 2004-current                          3,864 (Game in Progress)

               

WR Antonio Brown

  • Totaled game highs in receptions (10) and receiving yards (110) to go along with his first touchdown catch of the season.

 

  • Has registered at least one reception in 111 consecutive games in which he has played, including the postseason – dating back to October 3, 2010.

 

  • Has registered at least one reception in 102 consecutive regular-season games – dating back to October 3, 2010.

 

  • Reached 650 career receptions on his second catch in his 104th career regular-season game, setting an NFL record for the fewest games to the milestone (Marvin Harrison: 107).

 

  • Extended his team record for double-digit reception games to 15:

MOST DOUBLE-DIGIT RECEPTION

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     GAMES IN STEELERS HISTORY

  1. Antonio Brown, 2010-current                   15
  2. Hines Ward, 1998-2011                              7

T3.       Heath Miller, 2005-2015                              3

Yancey Thigpen, 1992-97                           3

 

  • Recorded his 31st career 100-yard receiving game – extending his record for the most such games in Steelers history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     100+ YARD GAMES

  1. Antonio Brown, 2010-current                   31
  2. Hines Ward, 1998-2011                              29
  3. John Stallworth, 1974-87                             25

 

  • Since entering the NFL in 2010, is one of four active players with at least 30 100-yard receiving games.

 

  • Surpassed John Stallworth (8,723) for the second-most receiving yards in franchise history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RECEIVING YARDS

  1. Hines Ward, 1998-2011                              12,083
  2.         Antonio Brown, 2010-current                   8,731
  3. John Stallworth, 1974-87                             8,723

 

  • Surpassed John Stallworth (8,834) for the fourth-most scrimmage yards in franchise history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     SCRIMMAGE YARDS

  1. Franco Harris, 1972-83                               14,234
  2. Hines Ward, 1998-2011                              12,511
  3. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2005                           11,377
  4.         Antonio Brown, 2010-current                   8,850
  5. John Stallworth, 1974-87                             8,834

 

  • Caught his first touchdown pass of the season of seven yards, moving into a tie with Lynn Swann (51) for the third-most touchdown receptions in Steelers history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     TOUCHDOWN CATCHES

  1. Hines Ward, 1998-2011                              85
  2. John Stallworth, 1974-87                             63

                T3.       Antonio Brown, 2010-current                   51

Lynn Swann, 1974-82                                 51

  1. Heath Miller, 2005-15                                 45

 

RB Le’Veon Bell

  • Rushed for 61 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown and added six receptions for 37 yards.

 

  • Scored his first touchdown of 2017 on a one-yard run, breaking a tie with Barry Foster and John Henry Johnson (26) for sole possession of the sixth-most rushing touchdowns in Steelers history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

  1.     Franco Harris, 1972-83                                91
  2.     Jerome Bettis, 1996-2005                           78
  3.     Kordell Stewart, 1995-2002                         35
  4.     Terry Bradshaw, 1970-83                            32
  5.     Rashard Mendnehall, 2008-12                    29
  1. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                       27

T7.       Barry Foster, 1990-94                                 26

John Henry Johnson, 1960-65                    26           

 

  • Moved into a tie with Terry Bradshaw, John Henry Johnson and Mike Wallace for the 15th-most touchdowns from scrimmage in team history, with 32.

 

  • Increased his career rushing total to 4,225 – the fifth-most by a Steeler in their first five years with the team:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RUSHING YARDS

  1.    Jerome Bettis, 1996-2000                            6,713
  2.    Franco Harris, 1972-76                                 5,133
  3.    Willie Parker, 2004-08                                  4,989
  4.    John Henry Johnson, 1960-64                     4,370
  5.    Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                        4,225

 

  • Increased his career rushing total to 4,225 – the fifth-most by a Steeler in team history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RUSHING YARDS

  1.     Franco Harris, 1972-83                                11,950
  2.     Jerome Bettis, 1996-2005                           10,571
  3.     Willie Parker, 2004-09                                 5,378
  4.     John Henry Johnson, 1960-65                    4,381
  5.     Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                       4,225

 

  • Increased his scrimmage yards total to 6,286 – the eighth-most in Steelers history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     SCRIMMAGE YARDS

  1. Heath Miller, 2005-15                                  6,577
  2. Louis Lipps, 1984-91                                   6,406
  3. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                       6,286
  4. Willie Parker, 2004-09                                 6,075
  5. Lynn Swann, 1974-82                                 5,534

 

  • Increased his career scrimmage yards total to 6,286 – the second-most by a Steeler in their first five years with the team:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     SCRIMMAGE YARDS

  1. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2000                           7,242
  2. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                       6,286
  1.     Franco Harris, 1972-76                                5,947
  1. Willie Parker, 2004-08                                 5,622
  2. Antonio Brown, 2010-14                              5,341

 

  • Increased his career reception total to 240, the third-most in Steelers history among running backs:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RECEPTIONS

  1.     Franco Harris, 1972-83                                306
  2.     Merril Hoge, 1987-93                                   241
  1. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                       240
  2. Ray Mathews, 1951-59                               230
  3. Lynn Chandnois, 1950-56                           162

 

  • Surpassed Antonio Brown (236) for the most catches by a Steeler in their first 50 games with the franchise, now with 240.

 

  • His 240 receptions rank as the third-most in NFL history by a running back in their first 50 career games (Reggie Bush: 254, LaDanian Tomlinson: 244, Le’Veon Bell: 240, James Wilder: 234 and Roger Craig: 222).   www.pittsburghsteerlers.com

 

TE Vance McDonald

  • Forced a fumble, the first of his NFL career, at the Pittsburgh one-yard line, after a Chicago return of 73 yards on a blocked field goal by the Bears.

 

G David DeCastro

  • Extended his consecutive regular-season games started streak to 59 – the third-longest active consecutive games started streak among NFL guards.

 

CB William Gay

  • Extended his consecutive regular season games played streak to 163 – the longest active consecutive games played streak among NFL defensive players.

 

S Mike Mitchell

  • Led the secondary with 9 tackles (8 solo) and one pass defensed.

 

S J.J. Wilcox

  • Recorded his first interception as a Steeler and the sixth of his NFL career, picking off Chicago QB Mike Glennon in the fourth quarter. His takeaway led to a K Chris Boswell 32-yard field goal to tie the game at 17-17.

 

LB Ryan Shazier

  • Totaled a game high 11 tackles (11 solo), with a tackle for loss, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

 

  • Forced a fumble and recovered the ball on the same play in the third quarter, and added his second forced fumble in the fourth quarter.

 

LB Anthony Chickillo

  • Brought down Chicago QB Mike Glennon for a sack of 10-yards in the second quarter, increasing his 2017 total to 3.0 to mark a new single-season high (2016: 2.5).

 

NT Javon Hargrave

  • Sacked Chicago QB Mike Glennon for a loss of seven yards in the third quarter, his second of the season, matching his 2016 rookie season total.

 

K Chris Boswell

  • Converted a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to tie the game up at 17, improving to five-of-five on field goal attempts in 2017.

 

P Jordan Berry
• Landed three punts inside the opponent 20 yard line, marking the seventh game of his NFL career with at least three inside the 20.

 

Pitt Drops ACC Opener at Georgia Tech, 35-17

ATLANTA (AP) KirVonte Benson ran for a career-high 196 yards with two touchdowns, TaQuon Marshall added 112 yards rushing with two scoring runs, and Georgia Tech beat Pittsburgh 35-17 on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for each team.

With the game tied at 7 in the second quarter, Marshall used a spin move to dodge Pittsburgh safety Damar Hamlin on an 18-yard run to the 1. Marshall scored on a keeper the next play.

Georgia Tech (2-1, 1-0) ran for 436 yards with five touchdowns.

The Yellow Jackets overcame four lost fumbles, including two by Benson. Georgia Tech’s defense allowed no points on the four turnovers.

Georgia Tech controlled the clock, holding the ball 35 minutes, with its spread-option attack. The Panthers were successful on only 1 of 13 third-down plays.

”When you don’t move the ball against Georgia Tech, the way they hold the ball, you’re in deep, deep trouble,” said Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi.

Benson wore down the Pittsburgh defense with his 29 carries.

Benson lost his second fumble inside the Pittsburgh 5 midway through the fourth quarter. He had a 47-yard scoring run about two minutes later.

Pittsburgh (1-3, 0-1) made a change at quarterback, starting Ben DiNucci over senior Max Browne. DiNucci completed 12 of 19 passes for 110 yards with one touchdown. Browne took over in the fourth quarter and completed 10 of 15 passes for 89 yards.

Narduzzi said he will take a ”status quo” approach on his quarterbacks ”and find out who has the best week of practice and who gives us the best chance to win a football game.”

Georgia Tech held the ball almost 20 minutes in the first half. The Panthers stayed close with a few big plays, including an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown by Quadree Henderson. Henderson found a wall when he changed direction and ran left toward the Pittsburgh sideline. A devastating block by Damar Hamlin on Parker Braun helped Henderson find an open field.

Henderson’s big play tied the game at 14-all. Benson’s first touchdown run, from the 5, gave Georgia Tech the lead.

Jordan Whitehead, the strong safety returning from a three-game suspension for a violation of team rules, had a 30-yard gain on an end-around run to set up DiNucci’s 28-yard touchdown pass to Quadree Ollison.
Alex Kessman made a 55-yard field goal for Pittsburgh to end the first half.

Georgia Tech’s Quaide Weimerskirch scored on a 19-yard run in the third quarter – the longest run and first touchdown for the sophomore.

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Black College Football with Trevin A Jones

 

Week four of the HBCU football season kicked off with plenty of excitement Thursday night. In Durham, North Carolina the second-ranked Eagles of North Carolina Central started defense of their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship with a 33 to 28 come from behind win over South Carolina St. Coach Jerry Macks’ Eagles were led by three different quarterbacks. Starter  Micah Zanders left the game with an apparent shoulder injury early in the first half; backups Chauncy Caldwell and Nail Ramadan played the rest of the game with Ramadan connecting on a key touchdown pass and Caldwell connected on the eventual game-winning touchdown pass to tight end Josh McCoy with 5:24 left in regulation.

Saturday the MEAC conference opening season action continues as Bethune Cookman pays a visit to the Nations Capital to take on the Howard Bison. This will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2014, where the Wildcats defeated the Bison 49-12 in Daytona Beach. Just up the highway in Baltimore, the Bears of Morgan State will host the Aggies of North Carolina A&T, Norfolk State takes a trip up I-95  to battle the Hornets of Delaware State, Florida A&M who is off to a 1-2 start this season will take on the winless  Tigers of Savannah State in Georgia. Meanwhile in Virginia Hampton gets a visit from non-conference opponent Monmouth.

 

In the SWAC ( Southwestern Athletic Conference) the top-ranked Tigers of Grambling State pay a visit to Itta Bean, Mississippi to take on  Mississippi Valley State. Coach Broderick Fobbs has led GSU to two consecutive unbeaten seasons in conference play and look to start their third run against the winless Delta Devils. Meanwhile, Alabama A&M takes on Texas Southern in the Louis Crew Classic and10th ranked Southern will battle Alcorn State. Staying in the state of Mississippi, Jackson State host Arkansas Pine-Bluff and in Alabama, the Hornets of Alabama State get a visit from Prairie View A&M.

In the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)  The fifth-ranked  Bull Dogs of Bowie State are 3-0 this season and open conference play hosting the Bears of Shaw. BSU is led by Quarterback Amir  “Showtime” Hall, who has already passed for 888 yards and averages 296 yards per game.Meanwhile, the sixth-ranked Trojans of Virginia State are back in action after a week off and will host the Rams of Winston Salem State. In other CIAA conference play Elizabeth City State host Johnson C. Smith, Virginia Union gets a visit from Fayetteville State, St Augustine’s is at Lincoln (PA) and Chowan battles Livingstone.

In the SIAC  (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) the sixth-ranked  Golden Rams of Albany State will play out of conference against West Georgia and  The Golden Tigers of Tuskegee will do the same taking on Findley. Meanwhile in conference play, The Panthers of Clark-Atlanta look for their third win of the season taking on the Dragons of Lane and there will be a battle of cats as Fort Valley State takes on Benedict. There will also be a couple of classics taking place as Central State meets Kentucky State in the “Circle City Classic” in Indianapolis and Miles and Morehouse clash in the “Prince Hall Americanism Football Classic “ in Fairfield, Alabama.

 

 

And in HBCU independent action fourth-ranked Tennessee State, who currently tops in the Ohio Valley Conference is looking for its fourth consecutive win this season in a battle against conference foe UT-Martin. West Virginia State takes on Shepard, Virginia University Lynchburg battles the University of Faith, Cheyney will clash with Bloomsburg, Texas College faces Wayland Baptist and Edward Waters will be out to defeat the University of Cumberlands. The undefeated Langston Lions will look for their third win of the season in a battle with Bacone in the OKC Classic and the Blue Tigers of Lincoln of Missouri are celebrating an early homecoming as they host Truman State.

 

UMT Black College Football  Payers Watch List  (Week 4):

 

Amir “ShowTime” Hall   6’4”   180 Lb   Junior    Quarterback    Bowie State :

– Hall has already completed 60 of 85 passing attempts in 3 games this season  for 888 yards and 11 Touchdowns

– Ranked  5th nationally in NCAA D-2 Passing Efficiency.  ( 201.0)

– Ranked 12th nationally in NCAA D-2 passing yards

 

 

Lamar Raynard     6’4”    200 Lb     Junior    Quarterback    North Carolina A&T  State : 

-Ranked  number two nationally  in FCS  passing Efficiency (211.7)

-Tied for third  nationally in FCS football for points responsible for (62)

 

 

Darvin Kidsy   6’1”  180 Lb   Senior   Wide Receiver   Texas Southern : 

-Ranked  number two nationally  in FCS  receiving yards per game  (124.5)

 

Calil Wilkins   5’7”    201 Lb   Freshman   Running Back   West Virginia State : 

-Ranked  4th  nationally  in NCAA D-2 Football   rushing yard (441)

 

 

Osband Thompson    6’0”   205 lb   Senior  Linebacker    Tuskegee  : 

-Ranked  4th  nationally  in NCAA D-2 Football   Total Tackles per game (13.7)

 

 

Make sure to check back for this weekends results and UMT Top Ten Poll.

 

Trevin A  Jones

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