Pittsburgh and Duke kicked off at 12:20 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 21, as two teams near the bottom of the ACC Coastal Division standings fight to get back on the winning side.
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Pittsburgh-Duke live updates, score
Pittsburgh-Duke game time, information
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:20 p.m.
Location: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
Weather: Mostly sunny, 78 degrees at kickoff
Odds: Duke -8
After back-to-back bowl appearances in the first two years of the Pat Narduzzi era, the Panthers find themselves in danger of missing the postseason for the first time since 2007. Pitt has struggled this entire year, with their wins coming in a tight one against FCS Youngstown State and against lowly Rice. Outside of that, they have allowed an average of 37.8 points in five losses while putting up just 18.6 points in those games. If the Panthers are to sneak into a bowl, it starts with taking care of Duke on the road.
Last week against No. 20 NC State, the Panthers fell by a 35-17 count. The Wolfpack’s Nyheim Hines was responsible for three NC State touchdowns: a punt return, a kick return, and an 83-yard scoring run. Pitt probably can come away encouraged that they were still within striking distance after three quarters (21-14), but two fourth-quarter touchdowns by the Wolfpack and an an inept offense did the Panthers in.
Pitt won’t face a player on the Blue Devils roster that is nearly as dominant as Hines, but they’ll hope that the “bad” Daniel Jones shows up for Duke on Saturday. Jones has looked good at points this season, but against Virginia, that wasn’t the case. The redshirt sophomore went just 14 for 42 for 124 yards against the Cavaliers on the 7th and was picked off twice despite throwing for a touchdown. He improved a little against Florida State, going 22 for 35 for 204 yards and throwing no picks, but didn’t find the end zone. Jones’ dual threat tendencies have been kept in check; he ran for 108 yards and 2 scores against Northwestern but hasn’t run for more than 36 yards since.
Ben DiNucci will get the start for the Panthers after Max Browne needed surgery on his shoulder. DiNucci went 19 for 32 for 170 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception during the game against NC State last Saturday. His career high in yardage was set against Oklahoma State, where he threw for 228 yards on 13 for 25 passing.
Pitt leads the all-time series against Duke 12-9 and has won back-to-back matchups against the Devils. In last year’s game in Pittsburgh, the Panthers raced to a 56-14 win as they held Duke to just 25 rushing yards and sacked Jones 5 times. John Conner scored twice and recorded 14 carries for 101 yards, while Nathan Peterman threw for 3 touchdowns. Pitt was also helped by its ability to extend drives as it finished 9 of 13 on third downs versus Duke’s 4 of 14 mark. The Panthers would go on to end the regular season the following week against Syracuse in a 76-61 win, a wild affair that ended with a scoreline that more closely resembled that of a basketball game.
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