1987 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Bluebonnet Bowl, Loss, 27-32, Texas Longhorns
Conference Independent
1987 record 8–4
Head coach Mike Gottfried (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Mike Dickens (1st year)
Offensive scheme Multiple pro-style [1]
Defensive coordinator John Fox (2nd year)
Base defense 4–3 [1]
Home stadium Pitt Stadium
(Capacity: 56,500)
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »
1987 Division I-A independents football records
v · d · e 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 college football season.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

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. North Carolina State #18 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 34–0   43,165
Sat. Sep. 19 1:30 p.m. Temple #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. #4 Notre Dame Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA 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. #8 Syracuse Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA 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 4:30 p.m. #15 Penn State Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN W 10–0   56,500
Sat. Nov. 21 1:30 p.m. Kent State #19 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 28–5   35,472
Thu. Dec. 31 7:00 p.m. vs. Texas #19 AstrodomeHouston, TX (Bluebonnet Bowl) Mizlou L 27–32   33,122
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Coaching staff[edit | edit source]

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 in the NFL[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Quick Facts About Pitt". Pitt Football 1987. University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. 1987. p. 2. http://digital.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/t/text/text-idx?idno=31735062136076;view=toc;c=pittathletics. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
  2. "Table of Contents". Pitt Football 1987. University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. 1987. p. 1. http://digital.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/t/text/text-idx?idno=31735062136076;view=toc;c=pittathletics. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
  3. "1987 Review". Pitt Football 1988. University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. 1988. pp. 59–68. http://digital.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/t/text/text-idx?c=pittathletics;idno=31735062136084;cc=pittathletics;view=toc;node=31735062136084%3A1.7;frm=frameset. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
  4. "Coaches". Pitt Football 1987. University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. 1987. pp. 5–14. http://digital.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/t/text/text-idx?idno=31735062136076;view=toc;c=pittathletics. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  5. "Coaches". Pitt Football 1988. University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. 1988. pp. 13–14. http://digital.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/t/text/text-idx?c=pittathletics;idno=31735062136084;cc=pittathletics;view=toc;node=31735062136084%3A1.7;frm=frameset. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  6. "1988 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/1988/draft.htm. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
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