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1989 Pittsburgh Panthers football team


1989 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

1989 Pittsburgh Panthers football
John Hancock Bowl Champions
Conference Independent
Coaches #19
AP #17
1989 record 8–3–1
Head coach Mike Gottfried (4th year)
Paul Hackett (interim)
Offensive coordinator Paul Hackett (1st year)
Offensive scheme Multiple Pro
Defensive coordinator Bob Valesente (1st year)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Pitt Stadium
(Capacity: 56,500)

The 1989 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 1989 college football season.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
Sat. Sep. 2 7:00 p.m. Pacific #23 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 38–3   35,421
Sat. Sep. 9 12:00 p.m. at Boston College #23 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA W 29–10   31,000
Sat. Sep. 23 7:30 p.m. #10 Syracuse #13 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ESPN W 30–23   45,762
Sat. Sep. 30 7:30 p.m. at #9 West Virginia #10 Backyard Brawl) ESPN T 31–31   68,938
Sat. Oct. 7 12:00 p.m. at Temple #8 Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia, PA JP Sports W 27–3   24,982
Sat. Oct. 14 12:00 p.m. Navydagger #9 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA JP Sports W 31–14   50,467
Sat. Oct. 28 5:00 p.m. at #1 Notre Dame #7 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Rivalry) ESPN L 7–45   59,075
Sat. Nov. 11 2:30 p.m. #7 Miami (FL) #14 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA CBS L 3–24   52,528
Sat. Nov. 18 12:00 p.m. East Carolina #19 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 47–42   21,862
Sat. Nov. 25 2:30 p.m. #22 Penn State #19 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) CBS L 13–16   57,158
Sat. Dec. 2 7:00 a.m. vs. Rutgers #24 Lansdowne RoadDublin, Ireland (Emerald Isle Classic) ESPN W 46–29   19,800
Sat. Dec. 30 2:30 p.m. vs. #16 Texas A&M #23 Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (John Hancock Bowl) CBS W 31–28   44,887
*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

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Marc Spindler Defensive End 3 62 Detroit Lions
Dean Caliguire Guard 4 92 San Francisco 49ers
Alonzo Hampton Defensive Back 4 104 Minnesota Vikings
Tom Sims Defensive Tackle 6 152 Kansas City Chiefs
Chris Goetz Guard 9 227 San Diego Chargers
Carnel Smith Defensive End 11 290 Indianapolis Colts
Roman Matusz Tackle 11 298 Chicago Bears

Awards and honors


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