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The year in sports gave Pittsburgh the passing of a legend and a courageous re-affirming story of life, surprising departures and improbable victories. Here are the top sports stories of 2016.

The past year saw quite a bit of ups and downs in the Pittsburgh sports world.

12/26/2016 - 12:33
Cassie Putt
The three-week long college football season opened Dec. 17 when New Mexico edged Texas-San Antonio in the New Mexico Bowl. Forty-one games will be played, including the three that will decide the 2016 national champion. Here's your complete viewing guide to the games.

Saturday, Dec. 17
Gildan New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, N.M.
New Mexico 23 - UTSA 20

 

12/17/2016 - 09:23
Brandon Walker
Paris Ford is a recognizable name not only among his Steel Valley High School teammates, but among major college football recruiters as well.

The 6-2, 185-lb. safety is one of the most coveted recruits in the Class of 2017 and Pennsylvania’s No. 1 ranked safety.

12/06/2016 - 17:44
Cassie Putt
Big Ten champions Penn State will head to the Rose Bowl to face Southern California, while Pitt -- whose 42-39 win over the Nittany Lions essentially kept Penn State out of the College Football Playoffs -- will take on Northwestern in the Pinstripe Bowl.

Pitt officially accepted an invitation this afternoon to face Northwestern in the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, played at iconic Yankee Stadium in New York City on December 28.

12/04/2016 - 20:54
PSR Staff
Nate Peterman threw for 251 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another to lead Pitt to a wild 76-61 shootout win over Syracuse at Heinz Field on Saturday.

Forget that it was the highest scoring football game in FBS history.

Forget that 137 total points were scored with 1312 yards of total offense.

11/26/2016 - 19:17
Anthony Jaskulski
James Conner set the all-time ACC touchdowns record and Nate Peterman threw three touchdown passes as Pitt cruised past Duke 56-14 on Saturday at Heinz Field.

Sometimes it all seems right.

11/20/2016 - 09:44
Anthony Jaskulski
Nate Peterman threw five touchdown passes, James Conner rumbled for 132 yards and Pitt shocked second-ranked Clemson 43-42 on Chris Blewitt's last-second 48-yard field goal.

The last time Pitt faced a second-ranked opponent, the Panthers ended its foes’ national title dreams.

11/13/2016 - 01:14
Joel Norman
Brad Kaaya passed for 356 yards and four touchdowns, and Miami snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Pitt 51-28 on Saturday.

Kaaya completed his first 13 pass attempts of the game and went 31 for 47 overall.

11/05/2016 - 21:59
Brandon Walker
James Conner ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns and Pitt shut Virginia down in the second half in a 45-31 victory on Saturday.

Jordan Whitehead's game-turning pick-six at the end of the first half swung the momentum towards the Pitt Panthers defense as they defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 45-31 on Saturday afternoon in Cha

10/15/2016 - 21:04
Brandon Walker
Pitt used a 74-yard touchdown pass, a crucial fourth down stop and a field goal as time expired to beat Georgia Tech 37-34 on Saturday at Heinz Field.

The college football gods are a fickle bunch.

Their presence in Pitt’s 37-34 victory over Georgia Tech at Heinz Field Saturday was omnipotent.

10/08/2016 - 18:05
Anthony Jaskulski
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