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Pitt manhandles Delaware 62-0 in season opener

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James Conner rushed for 153 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries as Pitt scored six first-half touchdowns and cruised to a 62-0 blowout victory over Delaware Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field.

PITTSBURGH – James Conner rushed for 153 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries as Pitt scored six first-half touchdowns and cruised to a 62-0 victory over Delaware on Saturday afternoon.

Conner scored from seven yards out on Pitt's first possession and then added three more touchdowns in a nine-minute span. Quarterback Chad Voytik threw a first-quarter touchdown pass to sophomore Tyler Boyd and freshman running Chris James added a touchdown as the Panthers built a 42-0 halftime lead in a thoroughly dominant opening 30 minutes.

The Panthers amassed 322 total yards in the first half—263 on the ground—while holding Delaware to 23 yards on 27 offensive plays.

The Pitt defense held Delaware to 29 yards of offense through three quarters before allowing 35 yards in the final quarter. Pitt forced three turnovers and allowed only five first downs.

Senior running back Isaac Bennett scored in the second half, Voytik threw a touchdown pass to tight end Scott Orndoff and James added a fourth quarter touchdown to cap the scoring.

Pitt finished with 501 total yards, 409 on the ground. In addition to Conner's 153 yards, Pitt's Rachid Ibrahim ran for 91 yards, James for 77 and Isaac Bennett 32.

"James ran hard," said Pitt head coach Paul Chryst. "That's who he is. I thought he was one of our top level guys."

Quarterback Chad Voytik, making the first start of his college career, completed 10 of 13 passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Voytik also added 14 rushng yards.

"I thought Chad was pretty composed. He made some nice throws," said Chryst. "I thought the game got fast on him a little, but he slowed it down. I thought he did some OK things."

The shutout was Pitt's first since a 24-0 win over Connecticut in 2005, and the 62 points marked a Heinz Field scoring record for the Panthers.

Pitt spoiled the homecoming of Delaware quarterback Trent Hurley, a Connellsville native who played high school football at nearby Greensburg Central Catholic. Hurley completed 6 of 13 passes for just 19 yards and threw three interceptions. Delaware managed just 64 yards of offense.

Pitt travels to Boston College next Friday night for a nationally televised game on ESPN at 7 PM.

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