I really hate doing things like these, so I offer it with the following precursor: Things are bound to have been left off this list. Some intentionally because there simply wasn't enough room and maybe a few unintentionally that I simply forgot about.
Also, some of these are games and not necessarily individual 'moments'. That's just the way it is, though, boys and girls.
Irregardless of all of that, over the next ten days, I'll be bringing you the top ten football moments of 2013 as I see them.
No. 10 - The near comeback against North Carolina
Naturally, what better way to kick off a list of top ten moments than with a loss, right?
Pitt ended up losing to the North Carolina Tar Heels, but nearly pulled off an epic comeback. Down 27-3 approaching the midway part of the 3rd quarter, the Panthers staged a furious rally that almost ended in a win. The team couldn't pull it off, of course, falling prey to their shoddy special teams play yet again. But the comeback was a thing of beauty.
The Panthers started things off with a 76-yard drive capped by a 33-yard touchdown by Devin Street. After forcing a punt and starting at their own 4-yard line, Pitt methodically moved down the field for a 96-yard drive resulting in another touchdown to cut the lead to 27-17.
Ray Vinopal struck next, forcing a fumble and the Panthers' used a Chris Blewitt field goal to get to within seven. The Panthers then forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and a few plays later, tied up the game on a short James Conner score.
A second touchdown return by North Carolina's Ryan Switzer was the deciding score, but Pitt made it a heck of a game after an awful start.