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1986 Pittsburgh Panthers Football Team


1986 Pittsburgh Panthers Football Team

1986 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Conference Independent
1986 record 5–5–1
Head coach Mike Gottfried (1st year)
Offensive coordinator Mike Solari (1st year)
Offensive scheme Multiple pro-style [1]
Defensive coordinator John Fox (1st year)
Base defense 4–3 [1]
Home stadium Pitt Stadium
(Capacity: 56,500)

The 1986 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the sport of American football during the 1986 college football season.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
Mon. Sep. 1 8:00 p.m. Maryland Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA ESPN L 7–10   48,120
Sat. Sep. 13 7:00 p.m. at NC State Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC T 14–14   47,200
Sat Sep. 20 12:30 p.m. at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN TNT W 41–26   55,621
Sat. Sep. 27 12:00 p.m. West Virginia Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Backyard Brawl) T.E.N. W 48–16   55,129
Sat. Oct. 4 7:00 p.m. Temple Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA L 13–19   40,136
Sat. Oct. 11 12:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Rivalry) USA W 10–9   59,075
Sat. Oct. 25 1:30 p.m. Navydagger Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 56–14   45,345
Sat. Nov. 1 12:00 p.m. at Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY (Rivalry) T.V.E.N. L 20–24   34,114
Sat. Nov. 8 3:30 p.m. #1 Miami (FL) Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA ABC L 10–37   55,338
Sat. Nov. 15 1:30 p.m. Rutgers Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 20–6   34,922
Sat. Nov. 22 12:00 p.m. at #2 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA (Rivalry) USA L 14–34   85,722
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Coaching staff


Team players drafted into the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Tony Woods Defensive End 1 18 Seattle Seahawks
Randy Dixon Guard 4 85 Indianapolis Colts
Lorenzo Freeman Nose Tackle 4 89 Green Bay Packers
Tom Brown Running Back 7 182 Miami Dolphins


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