Brent Pry beat Pitt three times when he was Penn State football’s defensive coordinator.
He’s now beaten Pitt as a head coach.
— Virginia Tech Football (@HokiesFB) October 1, 2023
Pry, who left Penn State after the 2021 season to become Virginia Tech’s head coach, went 3-1 against Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi in the four Pitt-Penn State meetings in the century-plus-old series’ revival from 2016-19.
Now, he coaches in the same conference as Narduzzi. Pry failed in his first attempt to beat Pitt as a head coach. Virginia Tech lost, 45-29, Oct. 8. Not so this year.
Virginia Tech beat Pitt, 38-21, under the lights at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg. As a bonus, the game was played in a White Out, an apparent homage to Pry’s old school.
Most Penn State fans will be pleased with this.
Although PSU and Pitt haven’t played since 2019, the fanbases still have words for one another, and Narduzzi has helped keep the rivalry alive.
Days before both Pitt and PSU began their 2023 seasons, Narduzzi went on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan.
Hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller of the “PM Team” interviewed the coach, and Fillipponi asked Narduzzi why Pitt and Penn State don’t play, and Narduzzi have his feelings on the matter, as well as who he feels is to blame for Pitt and Penn State not playing.
“You’d have to ask James Franklin,” Narduzzi said.
Fillipponi then asked Narduzzi if he felt Franklin was the one who made that call.
Narduzzi believes that he is.
So if it were Narduzzi’s call, how would things be?
“My call is ‘let’s go.’ he said. “We’ve called, we’ve asked.”
This is also Pry’s second ACC and Power 5 win as a head coach. Virginia Tech went 3-8 last season with its only conference win coming against Boston College. We’ll see what becomes of Pry and VT in the years ahead.