New Mexico at Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh cruises to a 49-27 win over New Mexico

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pitt scored touchdowns on six of its first eight possessions and defeated New Mexico 49-27 in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field.

The Panthers (1-1, 0-1 ACC), who return to ACC play Saturday at Duke, got five touchdowns from their talented freshman class and a dominant performance from their defense in the first half.

Pitt held New Mexico (1-2) to just 59 total yards at halftime, including five yards rushing. Senior tailback Kasey Carrier, who entered the game with an NCAA-best 345 yards rushing, had just 22 yards on seven carries against the Panthers.

Tom Savage was 13 of 17 for 236 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.

Savage's two interceptions and two Pitt fumbles kept the Panthers from a premier performance, but it was enough to easily handle New Mexico.

The Lobos play host to UNLV in a Mountain West matchup Saturday night.

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Scoring Summary
PITTScott Orndoff 4 yd pass from Tom Savage (Chris Blewitt kick)
NMEXJustus Adams 28 yd FG
PITTTyler Boyd 33 yd run (Chris Blewitt kick)
PITTJames Conner 1 yd run (Chris Blewitt kick)
NMEXJustus Adams 22 yd FG
PITTJames Conner 38 yd run (Chris Blewitt kick)
PITTTyler Boyd 34 yd pass from Tom Savage (Chris Blewitt kick)
PITTIsaac Bennett 8 yd run (Chris Blewitt kick)
NMEXCole Gautsche 1 yd run (Justus Adams kick)
NMEXCole Gautsche 12 yd run (Justus Adams kick)
PITTIsaac Bennett 13 yd run (Chris Blewitt kick)
NMEXCrusoe Gongbay 20 yd run (Justus Adams kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1623
Third Down Efficiency6-163-5
Fourth Down Efficiency0-20-0
Plays-Net Yards69-27052-527
Passing Yds57244
Kick Return Yds17471
Punt Return Yds02
Time of Poss.36:4223:18
Individual Stats
NMEX: Crusoe Gongbay 10-95, Cole Gautsche 10-50, Jeric Magnant 1-28, Kasey Carrier 7-22, Teriyon Gipson 2-12, Carlos Wiggins 1-11, Demarcus Rogers 4-9, Jhurell Pressley 5-7, Ridge Jones 1-0, David Anaya 1--2, Clayton Mitchem 9--9, Team 1--10
PITT: James Conner 12-119, Isaac Bennett 14-101, Tyler Boyd 2-39, Rachid Ibrahim 4-20, Tom Savage 2-4
NMEX: Clayton Mitchem 8-15-64-0, Cole Gautsche 0-1-0-0, Crusoe Gongbay 1-1--7-0
PITT: Tom Savage 13-17-236-2, Chad Voytik 1-1-8-0
NMEX: Jeric Magnant 4-19, Andrew Aho 1-29, Marquis Bundy 1-15, Carlos Wiggins 1-4, Dameon Gamblin 1--3, Jhurell Pressley 1--7
PITT: Tyler Boyd 6-134, Devin Street 5-80, Manasseh Garner 2-26, Scott Orndoff 1-4
New Mexico1st Mountain West Mountain6-29-4
Pittsburgh2nd Atlantic Coast Coastal5-38-5

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