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Conner leads Pitt to 30-20 win at Boston College

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James Conner rumbled for 214 rushing yards, Tyler Boyd added a pair of touchdowns and Pitt whipped ACC foe Boston College 30-20 in Chestnut Hill.

Conner led Pitt to their first conference win of the 2014 season running strong behind a dominant offensive line as the Panthers rolled over the Boston College Eagles under the lights on Friday night.

The Panthers took some time to get going, trailing Boston College 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt opened the scoring with a 49 yard field goal kick 3:30 into the game.

Eagles running back Tyler Rouse capped off a 67 yard Eagles drive with a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter to give BC the lead.

Rouse’s score happened shortly after Eagles quarterback Tyler Murphy ran for what looked like a 51-yard touchdown scramble. However, the play was ruled out of bounds at the one-yard line after an official’s review. It didn’t take long for BC to get in the end zone, though, as Rouse scored on the next play.

Pitt took the lead back in the second quarter and did not lose it the rest of the game. Quarterback Chad Voytik connected with Tyler Boyd twice and Blewitt added a 42-yard field goal as the Panthers took over, bringing the score to 20-7 by halftime.

Voytik completed 10 of 21 passes for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns, both to Boyd as Pitt amassed 414 yards of offense. The running game led the way, as 303 of the 414 yards came on the ground for the Panthers. Voytik, Boyd and running backs Chris James and Isaac Bennett added 91 yards to Conner’s 214.

Conner opened the second half with a 9-yard touchdown run, putting the Panthers up 27-10.

The Eagles answered with a 48 yard touchdown pass from Murphy to receiver Shakim Phillips.

The fourth quarter opened with another Blewitt field goal, this time from 41 yards out. The Panthers defense did the rest holding Boston College out of the end zone until a 2 yard Murphy run with only 43 seconds left on the clock, making the score to 30-20.

The game was effectively over after the Eagles had their 2-point conversion attempt batted away.

Boston College did recover an onside kick and made a push for the end zone but with six seconds left a Pitt interception in the end zone ended the night.

Boston College ended up with 276 yards of total offense and two interceptions. The Eagles also allowed Pitt 271 yards in the first half, a week after giving up only 202 total yards to UMass.

BC’s Murphy threw for 134 yards and a touchdown, completing 10 of 28 attempts, along with 104 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Pitt lost starting center Artie Rowell to an apparent knee injury in the first half, but the offensive line still managed to put on an impressive performance. There was no update on his status after the game.

Pitt improves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the ACC. The Panthers are back on the field next Saturday for a noon meeting at Florida International.

Game Highlights: Pitt beats BC 30-20

James Conner Runs for 214 Yards

Tyler Boyd's 2-TD performance

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