On Panthers loss to #5 Notre Dame. Pitt defense giving up over 7 yards per play in last four games. Tyler Boyd sets receiving records. More Jordan Whitehead in backfield on offense? Next up-at Duke back in ACC play.


PITT (6-3, 4-1 ACC) vs. DUKE (6-3, 3-2)
November 14, 2015 • Noon, ET
Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941/Natural Grass) • Durham, N.C.

• Pitt plays its final road game of the regular season when it visits Duke for a crucial ACC Coastal Division encounter. The Panthers are 4-1 away from Pittsburgh this season, their best road record since 2008.
• Owning a 4-1 ACC mark, the Panthers need a victory at Duke (3-2) to stay in contention for the Coastal crown. Both teams trail North Carolina, which is atop the division with a 5-0 league mark.
• Offensive shootouts have been the rule for Pitt and Duke the past two seasons. In their two ACC meetings, the Panthers and Blue Devils have combined to score 212 points (106 each).
• Duke outlasted Pitt in two overtimes at Heinz Field last season, 51-48, despite James Conner’s 263 rushing yards and three touchdowns. In 2013, Tom Savage threw six TDs—three to Tyler Boyd—to help visiting Pitt hold off the Blue Devils in Durham, 58-55.
• The Panthers’ three losses this season are to a trio of nationally ranked teams with a combined 25-2 record: No. 6 Notre Dame (8-1), No. 8 Iowa (9-0) and No. 17 North Carolina (8-1)
• Freshman safety Jordan Whitehead is a strong ACC Rookie of the Year candidate. In addition to leading Pitt in tackles this season, Whitehead proved to be an offensive playmaker in last week’s Notre Dame game when he averaged nearly seven yards per rush and scored two touchdowns.
• Only a junior, Tyler Boyd has already established himself as the Panthers’ most prolific receiver ever. Boyd is Pitt’s all-time leader in both career receptions (229) and yards (3,097), surpassing such greats as Larry Fitzgerald, Antonio Bryant and Devin Street.
• Tyler Boyd is the ACC’s most productive pass catcher this season, leading the conference in receptions per game (8.25) and receiving yards per game (82.75).

This is the 20th meeting between Pitt and Duke in a series that dates back to 1929…it is also the third Atlantic Coast Conference matchup between the two schools…Pitt and Duke meet annually as members of the ACC’s Coastal Division…the Panthers lead the overall series, 10-9, and have won four of the past five meetings…the Blue Devils triumphed at Heinz Field last year in two overtimes, 51-48, their first win in the series since 1966…the first ACC game between the two schools was played in 2013 with Pitt winning, 58-55, in Durham…the ‘13 game marked the first meeting between Pitt and Duke since 1976…in two ACC games, the Panthers and Blue Devils have combined to score 212 points with each team scoring 106…there have been some milestone moments in the Pitt-Duke series…on Sept. 29, 1951, Duke defeated Pitt, 19-14, in the first live nationwide telecast of a sporting event…NBC was responsible for the landmark broadcast…the inaugural game of the series was on Oct. 5, 1929, when Pitt defeated host Duke, 52-7, in the first game ever played at “Duke Outdoor Stadium,” later renamed Wallace Wade Stadium…the 1937 and 1938 games featured two of the nation’s very best teams and a pair of legendary coaches in Pitt’s Jock Sutherland and Duke’s Wallace Wade…on Nov. 27, 1937, the No.1-ranked Panthers defeated the No. 18 Blue Devils, 10-0…Pitt would finish 9-0-1 to claim the national title (Duke finished 7-2-1)…on Nov. 26, 1938, the No. 3 Blue Devils blanked the No. 4 Panthers, 7-0, in what would be Sutherland’s final game as Pitt’s coach…Duke finished the 1938 regular season unbeaten (9-0), untied and unscored upon, but lost to Southern California in the Rose Bowl, 7-3…Pitt, which did not go to a bowl, finished 8-2.

Series Began: 1929
Series Overall: Pitt leads 10-9
ACC Series: Series tied 1-1
At Pittsburgh: Duke leads 5-4
At Duke: Pitt leads 6-4
At Neutral Sites: DNA
Last Meeting at Pitt: Nov. 1, 2014 (2OT: Duke 51, Pitt 48)
Last Meeting at Duke: Sept. 21, 2013 (Pitt 58, Duke 55)
Current Series Streak: Duke has won 1 (2014)
Longest Pitt Series Win Streak: 4 (1969, 1975-76, 2013)
Longest Duke Series Win Streak: 5 (1940-42, 1950-51)
Largest Pitt Victory Margin: 45 points (52-7, 1929)
Largest Duke Victory Margin: 28 points (28-0, 1942)

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