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Pittsburgh Tops Virginia 14-3
Fox Sports Next
Posted Sep 28, 2013
PITTSBURGH- Virginia football falls 14-3 to Pittsburgh in its ACC opener. More on the game below.
— Pittsburgh turned a pair of early
turnovers into touchdowns and the Panther defense did the rest in a 14-3 victory on Saturday.
completed 13 of 30 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions before leaving late in the fourth quarter.
caught seven passes for 111 yards for Pitt. The Panthers (3-1, 2-1 ACC) have won three straight for the first time since 2010.
A week after giving up 55 points to
, Pitt's defense shut down the Cavaliers (2-2, 0-1). Virginia managed just 188 total yards. Quarterback
completed 15 of 36 passes for 122 yards and Virginia never threatened to make it interesting after spotting the Panthers two first-quarter scores.
Both teams came in riding high. Pitt piled up 589 total yards in a shootout win over the Blue Devils while Virginia pounded VMI 49-0.
The going was considerably tougher for both sides in a game to make some sense of the jumble behind
in the ACC's Coastal Division. Instead, it proved to be a jumbled mess.
The teams combined for 17 punts, five turnovers and zero momentum.
Virginia pounded away at Savage, preventing Pitt's high-power passing attack from getting going. Savage was sacked nine times and didn't come out for Pitt's final series after taking a series of shots.
The Cavaliers were no better. Virginia botched a pair of fourth downs in Pittsburgh territory in the first half — eschewing makeable field goals in the process. They were points Virginia could have used late.
Virginia's best chance came late in the fourth quarter when Watford led a drive inside the Pittsburgh 5. His fourth-down pass to tight end
sailed high and Pitt was able to run off most of the 3:24 remaining.
What the victory lacked in aesthetics, it made up for in meaning for the Panthers. Pitt plays at Virginia Tech next week with a chance to move into a tie for the top spot in the Coastal Division and a string of winnable games to follow.
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