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Sep 21, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Pitt Panthers running back James Conner (40) runs the ball as Duke Blue Devils safety Dwayne Norman (40) attempts to make the tackle during the first half at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh wins close one over Duke, 58-55



There was no defense in this one as you can imagine. Or maybe there was defense but the plays made on offense was just too great. Either way, there was plenty of scoring.

The Blue Devils (2-2, 0-2 in the ACC) couldn’t get defensive stops when they needed them most. Duke’s 532 yards of total offense went for naught, as Pitt (2-1, 1-1) rolled to 598 yards of total offense, scoring touchdowns on four of its first five offensive drives to take what felt like a commanding lead. But Duke kept fighting. In the end, though, the Blue Devils’ defense let the team down.

Oh, so I guess just poor defense took its toll. Hey, it could be worse, right?
Tom Savage tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record with six touchdown passes and Pittsburgh held on for a wild 58-55 win over Duke on Saturday. Savage threw for a career-high 424 yards on 23-of-33 passing with three scoring passes to freshman Tyler Boyd. The Panthers (2-1, 1-1) never trailed and claimed their first ACC victory despite receiving plenty of scares down the stretch from a persistent Duke team.
Oh, so even though it was close, Pittsburgh never trailed. Washington Post with the story.

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