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Pitt Fans Tell Us: I want to see Victory Lights after...

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By R.J. Sepich

On Tuesday, we asked you, Pitt fans, to finish this sentence: More than any other game this year, I want to see the Victory Lights beaming after Pitt plays....

Not surprisingly, the most common answer was the football team's season opener against Florida State on Sept. 2 at Heinz Field.

Jake Oswalt was one of the many fans wanting to see the Panthers defeat the Seminoles to begin ACC play. "Florida State. Defending ACC Champs, national TV on Labor Day," he said.

The second most popular pick for a team Pitt fans hope Coach Paul Chryst's Panthers beat this season was Notre Dame. After last year's heartbreaking triple overtime loss to the Fighting Irish, a Pitt victory over Notre Dame on Nov. 9 at Heinz Field would relieve frustration for fans like Jim Cahill.

"Notre Dame! Not just totally outplay them like last year, but win!" he answered.

Miami and Syracuse also received several mentions, while a few fans hope the Victory Lights turn on if the Pitt men's basketball team beats Duke at the Petersen Events Center this upcoming season.

Some fans, like Laura Riazzi and JD Schroeder, said they want to see the Cathedral of Learning beam with gold lights, signaling a Pitt victory, after every football game.

Meanwhile, Dave Sherer hopes to see the famous Victory Lights for a more specific occasion -- one that hasn't happened since 1976. "[After] the national championship game," he answered.

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