The 2022 Backyard Brawl was one for the ages. Pitt notched a 38-31 victory over West Virginia in dramatic fashion, capped by a late pick-six for the go-ahead touchdown. However, Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi wasn't exactly a happy camper following the win.
Narduzzi joined Scott Van Pelt on ESPN's late edition of SportsCenter after the game. He immediately talked about Pitt football fans and the environment they created. Narduzzi also mentioned how ESPN apparently guesstimated the crowd would be 75 percent West Virginia fans.
His message for ESPN is going viral. Take a look.
"It was a great atmosphere out here, I can tell you that," he began. "Panther Nation stood out. I saw some stat that it was gonna be 75 percent West Virginia fans. You guys messed that up on ESPN for sure. It was certainly all Pitt here today. Appreciate what the fans did today. They helped us win that game. I wasn't excited about how we played as a football team. We got a lot of things to clean up. But we told them it was going to be a fourth-quarter brawl and that's what it was. Went right down to the last second of the game. Our guys made some great plays at the end of the game and that's what counts.
"... ESPN disrespected our fans and they showed up today and I love to see that.
Pat Narduzzi certainly isn't pulling any punches, that's for sure. Good for him.
Pitt is off to a great 1-0 start to the 2022 season. The Panthers get back to work on Sept. 10 in a big game vs. the Volunteers of Tennessee.