2000 Pittsburgh Panthers football
ConferenceBig East Conference
2000 record7–5 (4–3 Big East)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorJ. D. Brookhart (1st season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorPaul Rhoads (1st season)
Base defenseMultiple 4–3
Home stadiumThree Rivers Stadium
(Capacity: 59,600)
← 1999
2001 →
2000 Big East Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 2 Miami (FL) $   7 0     11 1  
No. 6 Virginia Tech   6 1     11 1  
Pittsburgh   4 3     7 5  
Syracuse   4 3     6 5  
Boston College   3 4     7 5  
West Virginia   3 4     7 5  
Temple   1 6     4 7  
Rutgers   0 7     3 8  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2000 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season.


September 23:30 p.m.Kent State*W 30–731,089
September 912:00 p.m.at Bowling Green*ESPN+W 34–1611,533
September 163:30 p.m.Penn State*dagger
  • Three Rivers Stadium
  • Pittsburgh, PA (rivalry)
CBSW 12–061,211
September 233:30 p.m.Rutgers
  • Three Rivers Stadium
  • Pittsburgh, PA
W 29–1730,890
October 74:30 p.m.at SyracuseESPN2L 17–24 2OT40,699
October 2112:00 p.m.Boston College
  • Three Rivers Stadium
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ESPN+W 42–2631,567
October 283:30 p.m.at No. 2 Virginia TechCBSL 34–3756,272
November 46:30 p.m.North Carolina*
  • Three Rivers Stadium
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ESPN2L 17–2043,872
November 1112:00 p.m.at No. 2 Miami (FL)ESPN2L 7–3547,520
November 1812:00 p.m.at TempleESPN+W 7–012,842
November 242:30 p.m.West Virginia
CBSW 38–2846,569
December 287:30 p.m.vs. Iowa State*ESPNL 29–3741,813
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time


2000 Pittsburgh Panthers football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
OL 77 Bryan Anderson So
RB 43 Kevan Barlow Sr
WR 80 Antonio Bryant Jr
WR 84 R. J. English Jr
RB 37 Nick Goings Sr
WR 83 Latef Grim Sr
RB 32 Lousaka Polite Fr
QB 12 Rod Rutherford Fr
QB 10 John Turman Sr
TE 83 Kris Wilson
Pos. # Name Class
DB 5 Torrie Cox Sr
LB 51 Gerald Hayes Sr
DE 57 Bryan Knight Jr
DB 25 Ramon Walker
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
  • Redshirt

Last update: 2001-02-24

Coaching staff

2000 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching Staff
  • Walt Harris – Head Coach
  • Bob Junko – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive tackles
  • J.D. Brookhart – Offensive Coordinator/Wide receivers
  • Paul Rhoads – Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
  • David Blackwell – Linebackers
  • Curtis Bray – Defensive ends
  • Kenny Carter – Running backs
  • Bryan Deal – Recruiting Coordinator/Specialists
  • Tom Freeman – Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator
  • Bob Ligashesky – Tight Ends/Special Teams
  Support Staff
  • Chris LaSala – Director of Football Operations
  • Sean McGowan – Graduate Assistant
  • Eric Sutulovich – Graduate Assistant
  • Mauro Monz – Graduate Assistant
  Strength and Conditioning Staff
  • Buddy Morris – Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Chad Hutsko – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Regular season

The previous season saw Pitt miss the post season by finishing 5–6. For 2000, Pitt looked to find a replacement at defensive back for NFL drafted Hank Poteat.

The season started out with a 30–7 win over Kent State.[1] The Panthers then travelled to Bowling Green, winning there 34 – 16 and improving to 2-0 for the first time since 1995.[2] Pitt then hosted Penn State for the two teams last scheduled meeting, which Pitt won 12–0. This was Pitt's first win against Penn State in 8 games and improved Pitt to 3–0, their best start since 1991.[3] Pitt continued their winning ways with a 29–17 win over Rutgers, despite seven turnovers by the Panthers.[4]

Pittsburgh's winning streak would come to an end at Syracuse in double overtime fashion, 17–24.[5] Pitt would come back two weeks later with an impressive win over Boston College. BC came into the game with the second ranked passing defence in the country, but not after Pitt quarterback John Turman threw for 332 yards and five touchdown passes. Running back Kevan Barlow also contributed, running for 209 yards on 25 carries including a 45-yard touchdown run, in the 42-26 Pitt victory.[6]

The following game required a road trip to, then ranked second in the nation, Virginia Tech. Pitt led Tech 34–27 going into the fourth quarter, due mostly to their passing attack. John Turman threw for 311 yards and 4 touchdown passes in the game. Without starting quarterback Michael Vick, Virginia Tech came back in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 points, to win the game 34–37. Pittsburgh only gained 24 yards on the ground and the defence gave up 477 yards.[7]

Pittsburgh would then host North Carolina, who would upset the Panthers 17–20 despite holding a 407–293 disadvantage in total offense.[8] Pittsburgh would then have to visit another top ranked team on the road with a trip to, then ranked second in the nation, Miami. Pittsburgh would have its worst offensive performance of the season, gaining only 266 yards, in the 7–35 loss. The Panthers have now lost 3 straight and their record is 5–4.[9]

Pittsburgh clinched their first winning season since 1997 and recorded their second shutout, first time since 1987, with a 7–0 win at Temple despite 6 Panther turnovers. Wide receiver Antonio Bryant, who gained 81 yards on 6 receptions and recorded the game's only touchdown, broke the Big East record for most receiving yards in a season with 1,154 yards.[10] Pitt would end the season 7–4, their best since 1989, with a 38–28 win over West Virginia. Pitt running back Kevan Barlow, playing in his last home game as a Panther, rushed for a career-high 272 yards and 4 touchdowns, 1,053 yards for the season. Only Tony Dorsett had rushed for more yards in a single game. Barlow also broke a record for most yards gained against a West Virginia defence.[11]

Insight.com Bowl

Pittsburgh accepted a bid to play in the Insight.com Bowl, Pittsburgh's second bowl game under Walt Harris, against Iowa State. The contest was the first football game played at the home field of Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks, Bank One Ballpark. Pitt scored on their first possession by way of a 72-yard Antonio Bryant touchdown reception from quarterback John Turman. Iowa State would then go on to score 27 unanswered points. Pitt would score twice unanswered to start the second half, a Rod Rutherford 2-yard touchdown run and an Antonio Bryant 44-yard touchdown reception. Pitt would miss the extra point to make the score 20–27.

Pittsburgh would then give up a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown by Iowa State's JaMain Billups, 20–34. Next, Pitt's Nick Lotz would kick a 25-yard field goal to make it 23–34 with 11:08 left in the game. On Iowa State's ensuing possession, they fumbled on first play at their own 29. Kevan Barlow would score from 3 yards out with 9:45 left in the game. A failed 2-point conversion made the score 29–34.

Iowa State would add a 41-yard field goal with 4:53 left, 29–37. Pitt's comeback drive would be ended by a Marc Timmons interception at Iowa State's 12-yard line. John Turman threw for a career-high 347 yards and two touchdowns, Antonio Bryant caught 5 passes for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Kevan Barlow rushed for 114 yards and 1 touchdown. Ramon Walker had 15 tackles and 2 forced fumbles.[12]

Team players drafted in to the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Kevan Barlow Running back 3 80 San Francisco 49ers


Awards and honors



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