PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WAVY) - The University of Virginia played arguably its best defense of the season. Conversely, the Cavaliers offense struggled in every phase, and could only muster a field goal in a 14-3 loss at the University of Pittsburgh.
The Wahoos sacked Panthers quarterback Tom Savage seven times, caused three turnovers and held Pittsburgh to just 199 yards of total offense. The UVa offense, lead by former Hampton Crabber David Watford, amassed only 188 yards, while Watford completed just 15 of 37 passes for 132 yards.
Pittsburgh's only two scores followed turnovers by the men wearing orange. During a Panther punt, UVa return man Dominique Terrell touched the ball before it stopped rolling. The Panthers pounced on it and scored the games' first touchdown, courtesy of running back James Conner from six yards out.
On the Cavs ensuing offensive possession, Watford couldn't handle a snap from the shotgun formation, and again, Pittsburgh recovered the fumble. A few plays later, Savage threw a perfect fade pattern that landed just over Wahoo defensive back Maurice Canady and into the arms of receiver Devin Street.
The touchdown strike covered 15 yards, and represented the last touchdown in the game only still in the first quarter.
Virginia threated to score a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but Watford's pass attempt from the Pittsburgh 4-yard line sailed over the out-stretched arm of tight end Jake McGee.
The loss marks the fourth straight year UVa will start 0-1 in conference play.
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