Game Recap: Pitt vs. Delaware (8/30/14)
The Pittsburgh Panthers opened up the season with a bang, dominating the Delaware Blue Hens on both sides of the ball and holding them to 71 total yards en route to a 62-0 blowout. James Conner (13-145-4) ran with authority all day long while becoming the first Panther to run for 4 TD’s since Dion Lewis. Outside of a Tyler Boyd dislocated finger that held him out of the final 3 quarters of the game, there weren’t many negatives to draw from the game.
After a quick three and out to start the game, the Panthers drove down field and capitalized on a 7-yard James Conner TD run just 4 minutes into the game to lead 7-0. The Blue Hens then stalled on successive drives, allowing Pitt to score twice more on a 14-yard TD pass from QB Chad Voytik to Tyler Boyd and another 8-yd James Conner TD run, giving Pitt a 21-0 lead before the 1st quarter was over. The Panthers’ next 3 drives, all in the 2nd quarter, ended identically with James Conner adding his 3rd and 4th TD’s of the game and redshirt freshman RB Chris James scoring from 1 yard out, all before the Pitt Band made their halftime appearance.
Simply put, the Pitt Panthers dominated the trenches on both sides of the ball during the 62-0 thrashing of Delaware. The Blue Hens struggled to get anything going on the ground, mustering up an abysmal 40 yards on 32 rushes and totaling just 6 first downs, while the Panthers offensive line manhandled an undersized Blue Hens defensive line to the tune of 407 yards rushing.
Panther fans were able to see a glimpse of the future with numerous new faces seeing significant playing time. Pitt’s new leader, QB Chad Voytik didn’t get much of an opportunity to showcase his skills, yet still handled the offense with authority completing 12 of 15 passes for 92 yards and 2 TD’s. True freshman RB Chris James, one of the most highly regarded recruits from the 2014 class, saw extensive playing time in the 2nd half while totaling 78 yards and 2 TD’s on 14 attempts. Senior WR Ronald Jones returned from a year long suspension and led the receiving core with 39 yards on 4 catches out of the slot. On defense, true freshmen Avonte Maddox (CB), Patrick Amara (S), and Wisconsin transfer Reggie Mitchell (CB) saw significant time for a depleted secondary, while true freshman DE Rory Blair made an appearance.
The Panthers will look to build off of this win as they travel to Massachusetts this Friday to take on the Boston College Eagles at 7:00 PM in a nationally televised contest.
Offensive Player of the Game: James Conner (13-145-4)
Special Teams Player of the Game: Tyler Boyd (4 punt returns, 46 yds.)
Defensive Player of the Game: David Durham 1.0 sack/11 yds
Written by: Dakota Arturo