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2004 Pittsburgh Panthers football team


2004 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

2004 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Big East Co-Champions
Fiesta Bowl, Loss, 7-35, Utah Utes
Conference Big East
AP #25
2004 record 8-4 (4-2 Big East)
Head coach Walt Harris (8th year)
Offensive coordinator Walt Harris (1st year)
Offensive scheme Pro Offense
Defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads (5th year)
Base defense Multiple 8-Man Front
Home stadium Heinz Field
(Capacity: 64,450)
2004 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#25 Pittsburgh §   4 2         8 4  
#21 Boston College §   4 2         9 3  
West Virginia §   4 2         8 4  
Syracuse §   4 2         6 6  
Connecticut   3 3         8 4  
Rutgers   1 5         4 7  
Temple   1 5         2 9  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2004 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 2004 college football season in which they won a share of The Big East Conference Championship and were awarded with a BCS berth to the 2005 Fiesta Bowl.


  • Schedule 1
  • Coaching staff 2
  • Team players drafted into the NFL 3
  • References 4


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
Sat. Sep. 11 7:00 p.m. Ohio* Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA W 24–3   46,401
Sat. Sep. 18 12:00 p.m. Nebraska* Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ABC L 17–24   40,133
Sat. Sep. 25 1:00 p.m. Furman* Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA W 41–38 OT  35,121
Thu. Sep. 30 7:00 p.m. at Connecticut Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT ESPN2 L 17–29   40,000
Sat. Oct. 9 12:00 p.m. at Temple Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, PA ESPN+ W 27–22   19,517
Sat. Oct. 16 12:00 p.m. Boston College Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN2 W 20–17 OT  34,071
Sat. Oct. 23 12:00 p.m. Rutgersdagger Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN+ W 41–17   41,232
Sat. Nov. 6 12:00 p.m. at Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY (Rivalry) ESPN+ L 31–38 2OT  37,211
Sat. Nov. 13 2:30 p.m. at #24 Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Rivalry) NBC W 41–38   80,795
Thu. Nov. 25 8:00 p.m. #21 West Virginia Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA (Backyard Brawl) ESPN W 16–13   52,641
Sat. Dec. 4 11:00 a.m. at South Florida* #19 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL ESPN2 W 43–14   23,417
Sat. Jan. 1 8:30 p.m. vs. #5 Utah* #19 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) ABC L 7–35   73,519
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


Coaching staff

Team players drafted into the NFL

January 1, 2005 Fiesta Bowl
Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Rob Pettiti Tackle 6 209 Dallas Cowboys


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