Pitt's Non-Conference Schedule

Adding to the excitement from a 10-win season in 2009 and recruiting success for 2010, the Pitt football team announced today its 2010 non-conference football schedule with two Thursday games.

Pittsburgh opens Thursday, Sept. 2, at Utah. The time is to be determined, but it is set to be broadcast on CBS College Sports. Utah, coming off its ninth consecutive bowl victory and back-to-back 10-win seasons, has had just one meeting with Pitt in the schools' history, the 2005 Fiesta Bowl.

The Panthers' home schedule is highlighted by a Thursday night ESPN matchup with Miami (Fla.) Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Field. The Hurricanes are listed in numerous preseason top 25 rankings after finishing 9-4 in 2009.

Pitt also plays host to New Hampshire (Sept. 11) and Florida International (Oct. 2), and the Panthers also travel to Notre Dame (Oct. 9). The New Hampshire game is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Heinz Field. The Wildcats have advanced to the FCS playoffs each of the last six seasons and have defeated their last five FBS (formerly Division I) opponents, beginning with Big East foe Rutgers in 2004.

The Panthers return home after a brief break Saturday, Oct. 2 for their first meeting with Florida International. The Golden Panthers return five players who were honored by the Sun Belt Conference on their postseason teams.

Pitt rounds out its non-conference schedule with a trip to Notre Dame Oct. 9 at 3:30 p.m. on NBC. Matchups between Pitt and the Irish have thrilled fans over the past few years, including a 36-33 four-overtime Pitt victory in the last trip to South Bend in 2008, which marked the longest game in both programs' history. Last season, the Panthers claimed a 27-22 win against Notre Dame at Heinz Field in front of a sellout crowd.

The 2010 Big East schedule will be released at a later time. Pitt entertains Louisville, Rutgers and West Virginia this year at Heinz Field. The Panthers will play Big East road contests at Connecticut, Cincinnati, Syracuse and South Florida.

Here is Pitt's complete 2010 non-conference schedule:


Sept. 2 (Thurs.)--------------at Utah---------------TBA

Sept. 11-------------------New Hampshire----------1 p.m.

Sept. 23 (Thurs.)--------------Miami----------------7:30 p.m.

Oct. 2-------------------Florida International----------TBA

Oct. 9----------------------at Notre Dame----------3:30 p.m.

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