Pitt tidbits

Quick facts about the Panthers' history against Notre Dame and the team's progress and achievements so far this season

*Pitt will attempt to snap a five-game losing streak at Notre Dame Stadium where the team has not won since a 10-9 victory on Oct. 11,1986.

*The Panthers are looking to improve to 6-1 for the first time under Walt Harris' tenure. The last time Pitt won at least six of its first seven games was in 1982 when the team opened the season 7-0.

*The series between Pitt and Notre Dame began in 1909. The Irish lead the all-time series 41-17-1 and leads 18-8 when playing at home.

*Walt Harris is 1-2 against Notre Dame in his career while Tyrone Willingham has never faced Pitt.

*Notre Dame has won nine of the last 10 meetings overall.

*The last Pitt victory came on Nov. 13, 1999 when the Panthers defeated the Irish 37-27 in the last game at Pitt Stadium.

*The Irish defeated the Panthers 24-7 last season at Notre Dame Stadium.

*Game captains for the Notre Dame game are senior offensive lineman Chad Reed, senior linebacker Gerald Hayes and senior defensive back Torrie Cox.

*The Panthers are 2-0 in the Big East for the first time since the league began round-robin competition in 1993.

*Pitt's last victory over a top 10 team occurred on Sept. 23, 1989, when it defeated No. 10 Syracuse 30-23. Prior to that win, the Panthers' last victory over a highly ranked opponent occurred on Oct. 10, 1987, when they claimed a 30-22 decision over No. 4 Notre Dame. Both victories took place in Pitt Stadium.

*The Panthers are looking for their seventh consecutive road win after defeating Temple, Rutgers and West Virginia last season before beating NC State in the Tangerine Bowl. This season, Pitt has road victories against UAB and Syracuse.

*Pitt has scored 22 of 33 times it has penetrated the "red zone" this season.

*A total of seven true freshmen have played for Pitt this season: placekicker David Abdul, defensive lineman Andy Alleman, wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Billy Gaines, defensive back Josh Lay, quarterback Tyler Palko and fullback A.J. Schneider.

*Through six games this season, Larry Fitzgerald leads the Big East with 62.3 receiving yards per game while Roosevelt Bynes is third with 58.2 yards per game. Lamar Slade is fifth with 56.3 yards per game. Pitt has boasted the conference's leader in receiving yards each year during Walt Harris' tenure.

*Pitt has the most efficient passing game in the Big East with a 148.26 rating, which also ranks 15th nationally. Rod Rutherford owns a 149.17 rating which is second in the conference (behind Miami's Ken Dorsey, 151.44) and 18th in the nation.

*Rod Rutherford's 316 passing yards against Toledo are the most by a Big East player this season.

*Pitt has allowed just 94 points over six games, an average of 15.7 points per game which ranks third in the conference and 14th nationally.

*The Panthers have forced 21 turnovers this season to tie for second nationally and rank first in the Big East.

*Pitt leads the Big East and ranks 10th nationally (tied) in interceptions with nine. Five occurred in the season opener against Ohio, three of those by cornerback Shawntae Spencer.

*Pitt boasts the 13th best kickoff return unit in the country, averaging 24.8 yards per return. Torrie Cox leads the way with and average of 29.4 yards per return, which ranks him seventh nationally.

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