1980 Pittsburgh Panthers Football Team
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1980 Pittsburgh Panthers Football Team
1980 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Pitt Panthers wordmark.svg
National champion (DeVold, FR, The New York Times)
Co-national champion (FACT, Sagarin)
Gator Bowl champion
Eastern champion
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
1980 record11-1
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorWally English (2nd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple pro-style
Defensive coordinatorFoge Fazio (2nd season)
Base defenseMultiple front
Home stadiumPitt Stadium
(Capacity: 56,500)
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 NCAA Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Pittsburgh           11 1 0
No. 5 Florida State           10 2 0
No. 8 Penn State           10 2 0
No. 9 Notre Dame           9 2 1
No. 18 Miami (FL)           9 3 0
Southern Miss           9 3 0
Navy           8 4 0
South Carolina           8 4 0
Virginia Tech           8 4 0
Boston College           7 4 0
Northeast Louisiana           7 4 0
Rutgers           7 4 0
UNLV           7 4 0
Tulane           7 5 0
Colgate           5 4 1
North Texas State           6 5 0
Villanova           6 5 0
West Virginia           6 6 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Richmond           5 6 0
Syracuse           5 6 0
East Carolina           4 7 0
Illinois State           4 7 0
Temple           4 7 0
Army           3 7 1
Holy Cross           3 8 0
Cincinnati           2 9 0
Memphis State           2 9 0
William & Mary           2 9 0
Georgia Tech           1 9 1
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season. Despite losing one game, the Panthers were named national champion by NCAA-designated major selectors DeVold System, Football Research, and The New York Times), while also named co-national champion by Rothman (FACT) and Sagarin.[1] The university does not claim a national championship for this season, nor are the Panthers popularly recognized for winning that year's national championship. Pitt was awarded the Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy as the champion of the East.

The team is noteworthy for featuring three future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Linebacker Rickey Jackson, Center Russ Grimm, and quarterback Dan Marino. Several other players on the team, including Jimbo Covert, Mark May, Hugh Green, would go on to be Pro Bowl NFL stars.

Championship selections

Selectors that named Pitt the 1980 national champion:[2]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 131:30 p.m.Boston CollegeNo. 3ABCW 14-644,820
September 202:30 p.m.at KansasNo. 5W 18-341,300
September 271:30 p.m.TempleNo. 6
  • Pitt Stadium
  • Pittsburgh, PA
W 36-247,071
October 41:30 p.m.MarylandNo. 6
  • Pitt Stadium
  • Pittsburgh, PA
W 38-947,409
October 117:00 p.m.at No. 11 Florida StateNo. 4L 22-3652,894
October 181:30 p.m.West VirginiadaggerNo. 11
W 42-1455,130
October 252:00 p.m.at TennesseeNo. 12W 30-694,008
November 14:00 p.m.at SyracuseNo. 11ABCW 43-650,243
November 81:30 p.m.LouisvilleNo. 9
  • Pitt Stadium
  • Pittsburgh, PA
W 41-2347,280
November 151:30 p.m.at ArmyNo. 8W 45-731,150
November 281:00 p.m.at No. 5 Penn StateNo. 4ABCW 14-982,459
December 299:00 p.m.vs. No. 18 South CarolinaNo. 3ABCW 37-972,297

Roster

Coaching staff

Season summary

Boston College

at Kansas

Temple

Maryland

at #11 Florida State

West Virginia

Starting free safety Rick Trocano moved over to offense in the second quarter to replace the injured Dan Marino. Previously the starter at QB in 1978, Trocano led Pitt to four second-quarter touchdowns during the Panthers' win at Pitt Stadium.[4]

at Tennessee

at Syracuse

Louisville

at Army

at #5 Penn State

vs. #18 South Carolina (Gator Bowl)

Team players drafted into the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Hugh Green Defensive End 1 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Randy McMillan Running Back 1 12 Baltimore Colts
Mark May Tackle 1 20 Washington Redskins
Rickey Jackson Linebacker 2 51 New Orleans Saints
Greg Meisner Defensive Tackle 3 63 Los Angeles Rams
Carlton Williamson Defensive Back 3 65 San Francisco 49ers
Russ Grimm Center 3 69 Washington Redskins
Bill Neill Defensive Tackle 5 115 New York Giants
Benjie Pryor Tight End 5 120 Cincinnati Bengals
Lynn Thomas Defensive Back 5 121 San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Boyarsky Defensive Tackle 5 128 New Orleans Saints
Rick Trocano Quarterback 11 292 Pittsburgh Steelers

[5]

/Dan Marino/Quarterback/1/27/Miami Dolphins

Awards and honors

  • Hugh Green, Walter Camp Award[6]
  • Hugh Green, Lombardi Award[7]
  • Hugh Green, Maxwell Award[8]
  • Mark May, Outland Trophy[9]

Media

Radio

Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator Sideline reporter Studio host
WTAE-AM 1250 Bill Hillgrove John Sauer

References

  1. ^ 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2018. p. 114. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ College Football Data Warehouse: Yearly National Championship Selections, accessdate=2009-01-29
  3. ^ Gadsden Times. 1980 Oct 19. Retrieved 2018-Dec-16.
  4. ^ http://deathby1000papercuts.com/2007/12/the-backyard-brawl-100-years-of-wvu-and-pitt-football/
  5. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1981.htm
  6. ^ http://football.about.com/cs/history/a/waltercampaward.htm
  7. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/awards?awardId=19
  8. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/awards?awardId=14
  9. ^ http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/awards/outland/winners.html

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