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1976 Pittsburgh Panthers football
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National Champions
Eastern Champions
Sugar Bowl Champions
Sugar Bowl, Won 27-3 vs Georgia Bulldogs
Conference NCAA Division I FBS independent schools
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1976 record 12-0 ( Independent)
Head coach Johnny Majors

Home stadium

Pitt Stadium
Seasons
« 1975 1977 »

The 1976 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 1976 college football season and are popularly recognized as that season's National Champions. Pitt was also awarded the Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy as the champion of the East.

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Regular season

Tony Dorsett would win the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Award (Player of the Year) and led the nation in rushing with 1,948 yards. Selected as an All-American, Dorsett finished his college career with 6,082 total rushing yards, then an NCAA record.

In the first game of the 1976 season, the Panthers faced off against Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. A year earlier, Dorsett had finished with 303 yards rushing in Pitt's 34-20 victory over the Irish. "They even grew the grass high" said Carmen DeArdo, a diehard Pitt alumnus, "and everyone knew Tony would get the ball." "They didn't let that grass grow long enough," Dorsett said later. He darted 61 yards on his first run of the season and tacked on 120 more by the end of the 31-10 Pitt win.[1]

Schedule

Kiosk in the Great Hall at Heinz Field celebrating Pitt's 1976 National Championship
Game Date Opponent Result Panthers points Opponents Record
1 Sept. 11 @ Notre Dame Win 31 10 1-0
2 Sept. 18 @ Georgia Tech Win 42 14 2-0
3 Sept. 25 Temple Win 21 7 3-0
4 Oct. 2 @ Duke Win 44 31 4-0
5 Oct. 9 Louisville Win 27 6 5-0
6 Oct. 16 Miami Hurricanes Win 36 19 6-0
7 Oct. 23 @ Navy Win 45 0 7-0
8 Oct. 30 Syracuse Win 23 13 8-0
9 Nov. 6 Army Win 37 7 9-0
10 Nov. 13 West Virginia Win 24 16 10-0
11 Nov. 26 Penn State Win 24 7 11-0
12 Jan. 1 Georgia Win 27 3 12-0

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Team Players drafted into in the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Tony Dorsett Running Back 1 2 Dallas Cowboys
Larry Swider Punter 7 185 Denver Broncos
Jim Corbett Tight End 7 194 Cincinnati Bengals
Al Romano Defensive Lineman 11 289 Houston Oilers
Carson Long Kicker 11 302 Los Angeles Rams
Don Parrish Defensive End 12 314 St. Louis Cardinals

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Awards and honors

  • Tony Dorsett, Heisman Trophy [4]
  • Tony Dorsett, Walter Camp Award[5]
  • Tony Dorsett, Maxwell Award
  • Tony Dorsett, led the nation in rushing with 1,948 yards
  • Tony Dorsett, All-America selection

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