Pitt vs. New Mexico: 5 Keys to Victory for the Panthers

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Pitt vs. New Mexico: 5 Keys to Victory for the Panthers
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The phrase "break a leg" is common in the performing arts, usually uttered to whom one wishes good luck before showtime. When the curtain was raised on its first season in the ACC, Pitt did not break a leg, but rather it stubbed its collective toe on the big stage against defending champion Florida State.

Now New Mexico (1-1) is on the playbill, leaving the Mountain West Conference behind for its first-ever visit to Heinz Field to take on the Panthers at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Moon Area High School alumnus Bob Davie returns home on the heels of a 42-35 overtime victory at UTEP that saw his running game dominate.

At the very least, Pitt must hope its disappointing opener served as an exercise for chasing the Lobos and Davie's gun triple option attack. At the very most, the Panthers want Saturday to serve as a rite of passage for its promising freshmen, and a healthy change of pace for an offense that largely sputtered beyond its first drive of the new season.

Here are five things the Panthers must do to even their record...

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