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1973 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

The 1973 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 1973 NCAA Division I football season. The Panthers competed in the Fiesta Bowl.

1973 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Pitt Panthers wordmark.svg
ConferenceIndependent
1973 record6–5–1
Head coachJohnny Majors (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorGeorge Haffner (1st season)
Offensive schemeI formation
Split backs
Defensive coordinatorJackie Sherrill (1st season)
Base defense4–4
Home stadiumPitt Stadium
(Capacity: 56,500)
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →
1973 NCAA Division I Independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Notre Dame         11 0 0
No. 5 Penn State         12 0 0
No. 9 Houston         11 1 0
Temple         9 1 0
No. 20 Tulane         9 3 0
Memphis State         8 3 0
Boston College         7 4 0
South Carolina         7 4 0
Utah State         7 4 0
Air Force         6 4 0
Southern Miss         6 4 1
Northern Illinois         6 5 0
Rutgers         6 5 0
West Virginia         6 5 0
Pittsburgh         6 5 1
Colgate         5 5 0
Dayton         5 5 1
Xavier         5 5 1
Georgia Tech         5 6 0
Holy Cross         5 6 0
Miami (FL)         5 6 0
Cincinnati         4 7 0
Navy         4 7 0
Villanova         3 8 0
Syracuse         2 9 0
Virginia Tech         2 9 0
Army         0 10 0
Florida State         0 11 0
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 152:00 p.m.at GeorgiaT 7–752,500
September 221:30 p.m.BaylorL 14–2028,332
September 292:30 p.m.at NorthwesternW 21–1424,462
October 61:30 p.m.Tulane
  • Pitt Stadium
  • Pittsburgh, PA
L 6–2425,054
October 131:30 p.m.at West VirginiaW 35–737,000
October 201:30 p.m.at Boston CollegeW 28–1423,219
October 271:30 p.m.Navy 
  • Pitt Stadium
  • Pittsburgh, PA
W 22–1733,136
November 31:30 p.m.Syracuse
  • Pitt Stadium
  • Pittsburgh, PA (rivalry)
W 28–1424,932
November 101:30 p.m.No. 5 Notre DameNo. 20
  • Pitt Stadium
  • Pittsburgh, PA (rivalry)
L 10–3156,593
November 171:30 p.m.at ArmyW 34–033,264
November 241:30 p.m.at No. 6 Penn StateNo. 20L 13–3556,600
December 218:00 p.m.vs. No. 10 Arizona StateMizlouL 7–2850,878

RosterEdit

1973 Pittsburgh Panthers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 76 Dave Wannstedt Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT Gary Burley Jr
DT 75 Glenn Hyde Sr
DE 85 Tom Perko So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Coaching staffEdit

1973 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching Staff
  • Johnny Majors – Head Coach
  • Jackie Sherrill – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
  • George Haffner – Offensive Coordinator
  • Joe Avezzano – Offensive Line
  • Jim Dyar – Defensive Line
  • Larry Holton – Defense
  • Harry Jones – Offensive Backs
  • Bob Leahy – Head Freshman Coach
  • Joe Madden – Defensive Secondary
  • Bob Roper – Receivers
  • Bob Matey – Freshman Defensive Line
  • Keith Schroeder – Scouting
  Support Staff
  • Albert Smith – Executive Assistant Director of Athletics

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Rod Kirby Linebacker 11 278 Buffalo Bills
Jim Buckmon Defensive End 12 295 New Orleans Saints
Dave Wannstedt Tackle 15 376 Green Bay Packers

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