Pitt set to take on Aggies

A preview of Saturday's matchup with the Texas A&M Aggies at Heinz Field.

Pitt and Texas A&M meet for only the second time in school history Saturday in a nationally televised game that will be seen on ESPN. The only prior game was in 1989 when the Panthers defeated the Aggies 31-28 in the John Hancock Bowl.

Pitt enters the game with a 1-0 record and looking for its eighth straight win dating back to last season. They have the second longest winning streak in the country. Pitt defeated the Ohio Bobcats 27-14 last week.

Texas A&M enters the game 1-0 after defeating UL-Lafayette 31-7. Both teams struggled in their opening week games. The Aggies only scored 3 points in the first half and used 4 different QBs. Pitt struggled with many dropped balls in the passing game and a running game that looked mediocre at best.

The Aggies are led on offense by QB Mark Farris who was 13 of 32 for 171 yards last week. The top Aggie RB is Derek Farmer, who had 18 carries for 46 yards last week. Three WRs Pitt will need to stop are Bethel Johnson, who had 6 catches for 96 yards, Jamaar Taylor, who had 4 catches for 80 yards, and Greg Porter who had 5 catches for 59 yards.

The Aggies have an outstanding defense led by DT Ty Warren, LB Jarrod Penright, and DB Sammy Davis. All three are considered to be among the top players at their positions in the entire country. College football guru Phil Steele ranked six Aggies on his first team through fourth team All-American defensive units!!! The Aggie LB unit is considered one of the best in the country also.

Last week, the Panthers were led on defense by Gerald Hayes, Shawntae Spencer, Claude Harriott and Lewis Moore. The offense was led by RB Brandon Miree and QB Rod Rutherford. Pitt will need to improve the struggling running game and correct the dropped balls in the passing game if they are to score enough points to pull the upset over the Aggies. They will also need to eliminate the turnovers that they committed last week or it will be a very long day. On defense, the Panthers will look to control an always-strong Aggie running game and look to pressure experienced QB Mark Farris. A Panther win could move them into the top 25 national rankings. Hopefully a packed and loud Heinz Field crowd will help inspire the team to pull off the upset.


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