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Pitt wins first road game with 45-31 victory at Virginia

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James Conner ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns and Pitt shut Virginia down in the second half in a 45-31 victory on Saturday.

Jordan Whitehead's game-turning pick-six at the end of the first half swung the momentum towards the Pitt Panthers defense as they defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 45-31 on Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville, Va.

The wildest part of the first half was in the middle of the first quarter when there were three touchdowns in a span of 63 seconds. First Virginia running back Taquan Mizzell scored on a 44 yard touchdown run, then on the ensuing kickoff Pitt's Quadrell Henderson returned it 93 yards for a touchdown, Finally, on Virginia’s next drive, quarterback Kurt Benkert threw a 74 yard strike to Olamide Zaccheaus.

The Panthers (5-2, 2-1) allowed 28 points in the first half before the 59 yard interception return and just three points after halftime. Pitt held Virginia (2-4, 1-1) without a pass completion in the third quarter and108 total yard in the second half.

James Conner rushed for 90 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns for the Panthers and Nate Peterman went 11-21 for 137 yards and threw two touchdowns. Bankert went 20 for 44 for 278 yards with a touchdown and an interception and Mizzell had 12 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown for the Wahoos.

The Panthers have their bye week then will host the Virginia Tech Hokies on Thursday night October 27th while Virginia will host the North Carolina Tar Heels next Saturday.


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