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Final

New Mexico 27

(1-2, 1-1 away)

Pittsburgh 49

(1-1, 0-1 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:30 PM ET, September 14, 2013

Heinz Field, PITTSBURGH, PA

1 2 3 4 T
UNM 3 3 14 727
PITT 21 14 7 749

Top Performers

Passing: T. Savage (PITT) - 236 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Conner (PITT) - 12 CAR, 119 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Boyd (PITT) - 6 REC, 134 YDS, 1 TD

Pittsburgh cruises to a 49-27 win over New Mexico

Associated Press
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James Conner rush for 38 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
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PITTSBURGH -- Pitt scored touchdowns on six of its first eight possessions and defeated New Mexico 49-27 in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field.

The Panthers (1-1, 0-1 ACC), who return to ACC play Saturday at Duke, got five touchdowns from their talented freshman class and a dominant performance from their defense in the first half. Pitt held New Mexico (1-2) to just 59 total yards at halftime, including five yards rushing. Senior tailback Kasey Carrier, who entered the game with an NCAA-best 345 yards rushing, had just 22 yards on seven carries against the Panthers.

Pitt ran and threw the ball with equal success against New Mexico. Junior Isaac Bennett had 14 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns, while freshman James Conner added 119 yards and two scores on 12 carries with a 38-yard burst around right end for the touchdown. Freshman Tyler Boyd had two carries for 39 yards with a 33-yard touchdown run and also had five catches for 127 yards with a 51-yarder early in the game and a spectacular 34-yard scoring catch as time ran out in the first half.

Boyd also ran a reverse for a 33-yard touchdown run.

The other freshman who scored a touchdown for Pitt was tight end Scott Orndoff. He came off the line and was open in the end zone for a four-yard scoring pass from quarterback Tom Savage. Savage was 13 of 17 for 236 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.

Pitt couldn't make enough plays to stay with the Seminoles in its 41-13 loss in the ACC opener Sept. 2, but the Panthers punted just twice against New Mexico and had seven plays go for 20 or more yards. Savage overcame an early interception to find Boyd running free in the New Mexico secondary for a 51-yard reception. Three plays later, Savage hit Orndoff in the end zone to give Pitt a lead it never relinquished.

A 28-yard pass to fifth-year senior wide out Devin Street keyed Pitt's third scoring drive and Conner capped it with a 20-yard run. Street finished with five catches for 80 yards. On the next drive, an 18-yard pass to Street set up Conner again who finished with a 38-yard touchdown run.

Savage's two interceptions and two Pitt fumbles kept the Panthers from a premier performance, but it was enough to easily handle New Mexico.

The Lobos play host to UNLV in a Mountain West matchup Saturday night.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNM
PITT
1st Downs1623
Total Yards270527
Passing57244
Rushing213283
Penalties4-407-50
3rd Down Conversions6-163-5
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers14
Possession36:4223:18

Passing Leaders

New MexicoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mitchem8/15644.300
PittsburghC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Savage13/1723613.922

Rushing Leaders

New MexicoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gongbay10959.5142
Gautsche10505.0212
PittsburghCARYDSAVGTDLG
Conner121199.9238
Bennett141017.2225

Receiving Leaders

New MexicoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Aho12929.0029
Magnant4194.807
PittsburghRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boyd613422.3151
Street58016.0028

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNMPITT
TD10:00Scott Orndoff 4 Yd Pass From Tom Savage (Chris Blewitt Kick)
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07
FG07:38Justus Adams 28 Yd
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37
TD05:00Tyler Boyd 33 Yd Run (Chris Blewitt Kick)
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314
TD01:24James Conner 1 Yd Run (Chris Blewitt Kick)
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321
SECOND QUARTERUNMPITT
FG10:05Justus Adams 22 Yd
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621
TD08:11James Conner 38 Yd Run (Chris Blewitt Kick)
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628
TD00:00Tyler Boyd 34 Yd Pass From Tom Savage (Chris Blewitt Kick)
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635
THIRD QUARTERUNMPITT
TD09:47Isaac Bennett 8 Yd Run (Chris Blewitt Kick)
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642
TD04:20Cole Gautsche 1 Yd Run (Justus Adams Kick)
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1342
TD01:42Cole Gautsche 12 Yd Run (Justus Adams Kick)
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2042
FOURTH QUARTERUNMPITT
TD11:35Isaac Bennett 13 Yd Run (Chris Blewitt Kick)
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2049
TD00:52Crusoe Gongbay 20 Yd Run (Justus Adams Kick)
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2749