1987 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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1987 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Pitt Panthers wordmark.svg
Conference Independent
1987 record 8–4
Head coach Mike Gottfried (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator Mike Dickens (1st season)
Offensive scheme Multiple pro-style [1]
Defensive coordinator John Fox (2nd season)
Base defense 4–3 [1]
Home stadium Pitt Stadium
(Capacity: 56,500)
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Miami (FL)           12 0 0
No. 4 Syracuse           11 0 1
No. 2 Florida State           11 1 0
No. 15 South Carolina           8 4 0
Pittsburgh           8 4 0
Penn State           8 4 0
No. 17 Notre Dame           8 4 0
Southern Miss           6 5 0
Rutgers           6 5 0
Southwestern Louisiana           6 5 0
Memphis           5 5 1
Northern Illinois           5 5 1
West Virginia           6 6 0
Tulane           6 6 0
Army           5 6 0
Boston College           5 6 0
East Carolina           5 6 0
Akron           4 7 0
Cincinnati           4 7 0
Louisville           3 7 1
Temple           3 8 0
Tulsa           3 8 0
Navy           2 9 0
Virginia Tech           2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the sport of American football during the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
Wed. Sep. 2 7:30 p.m. at BYU Cougar StadiumProvo, UT ESPN W 27–17   64,374
Sat. Sep. 12 1:30 p.m. NC State No. 18 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 34–0   43,165
Sat. Sep. 19 1:30 p.m. Temple No. 16 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA L 21–24   45,387
Sat. Sep. 26 12:00 p.m. at West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Backyard Brawl) JP Sports W 6–3   65,079
Sat. Oct. 3 1:30 p.m. Boston College Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA L 10–13   46,238
Sat. Oct. 10 7:30 p.m. No. 4 Notre Dame Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ESPN W 30–22   56,400
Sat. Oct. 24 12:00 p.m. at Navy Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD JP Sports W 10–6   29,167
Sat. Oct. 31 3:30 p.m. No. 8 Syracusedagger Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) CBS L 10–24   52,714
Sat. Nov. 7 12:00 p.m. at Rutgers Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ W 17–0   25,444
Sat. Nov. 14 7:30 p.m. No. 15 Penn State Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ESPN W 10–0   56,500
Sat. Nov. 21 1:30 p.m. Kent State No. 19 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 28–5   35,472
Thu. Dec. 31 7:00 p.m. vs. Texas No. 19 AstrodomeHouston, TX (Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl) Mizlou L 27–32   33,122
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Game summaries[edit]

Notre Dame[edit]

1 234Total
Notre Dame 0 0715 22
• Pittsburgh 14 1303 30

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Roster[edit]

1987 Pittsburgh Panthers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 68 Chip Backauskas Sr
G 73 Bill Cherpak So
QB 15 Darnell Dickerson Fr
QB 11 Sal Genilla Sr
FB 34 Craig Heyward Jr
T 62 Roman Matusz So
C 61 Ed Miller Sr
T 71 Tom Ricketts Jr
G 77 Mark Stepnoski Jr
WR 30 Michael Stewart Sr
WR 2 Reggie Williams So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 89 Jon Carter Sr
LB 44 Jeff Christy Fr
LB 26 Ezekial Gadson Sr
DE 92 Burt Grossman Jr
CB 7 Quinton Jones Sr
FS 1 Billy Owens Sr
DT 67 Jim Quinn So
CB 6 Gary Richard Sr
DT 98 Tony Siragusa Jr
DE 93 Marc Spindler Fr
LB 55 Jerry Olsavsky Jr
LB 51 Jerry Wall Sr
FS 43 Troy Washington So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Coaching staff[edit]

1987 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching Staff
  • Mike Gottfried – Head Coach
  • Jack Harbaugh – Assistant Head Coach
  • Mike Dickens – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • John Fox – Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
  • Tommie Liggins – Run Coordinator/Running Backs
  • Steve Coury – Wide Receivers
  • Frank D'Alonzo – Defensive Line
  • Bill Meyers – Offensive Line
  • Scott O'Brien – Special Teams
  • Sal Sunseri – Linebackers
  Support Staff
  • Alex Kramer – Administrative Assistant
  • Bud Ratliff – Recruiting Coordinator
  • Rick Denstorff – Graduate Assistant
  • Bill D'Ottavio – Graduate Assistant
  • John Harbaugh – Graduate Assistant
  • Larry Petroff – Graduate Assistant
  • Donnie Roberts – Graduate Assistant
  Strength and Conditioning Staff
  • Buddy Morris – Weight and Strength Coordinator
  • Ray Oliver – Assistant Strength

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Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Craig Heyward Running back 1 24 New Orleans Saints
Quinton Jones Defensive back 2 48 Houston Oilers
Jon Carter Defensive end 5 118 New York Giants
Ezekial Gadson Defensive back 5 123 Buffalo Bills
Gary Richard Defensive back 7 173 Green Bay Packers
Bill Owens Defensive back 10 263 Dallas Cowboys
Ed Miller Center 11 285 San Diego Chargers

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Quick Facts About Pitt". Pitt Football 1987. University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. 1987. p. 2. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Table of Contents". Pitt Football 1987. University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. 1987. p. 1. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ "1987 Review". Pitt Football 1988. University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. 1988. pp. 59–68. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 11. Retrieved 2014-Dec-28.
  5. ^ "Coaches". Pitt Football 1987. University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. 1987. pp. 5–14. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Coaches". Pitt Football 1988. University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. 1988. pp. 13–14. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ "1988 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 8, 2012.