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October 12, 2013
Notes: Injuries, career numbers and more
BLACKBURG, Va. - Pitt lost to Virginia Tech 19-9 at Lane Stadium on Saturday. Here is a collection of news and notes from the game.
- Redshirt senior receiver Devin Street caught five passes for 104 yards, marking his third 100-yard game this season and the ninth of his career. The five receptions give him 177 career receptions, moving him past Antonio Bryant for No. 2 on Pitt's all-time receiving list. Street needs just one catch to tie Latef Grim for the top spot on the all-time list.
- Street now has 2,596 career receiving yards, good for No. 5 on Pitt's all-time yardage list. He needs 185 yards to pass Larry Fitzgerald for No. 4 and 466 yards to move into No. 1 ahead of Antonio Bryant.
- Street left Saturday's game after sustaining a right shoulder injury following a 33-yard reception on Pitt's final drive.
- Redshirt senior quarterback Tom Savage scored Pitt's only touchdown with a nine-yard run on a designed play late in the game. It was Savage's second career rushing touchdown and his first as a Panther.
- Freshman running back James Conner carried the ball just twice for one yard Saturday. Head coach Paul Chryst said that Conner suffered a left shoulder injury early in the game. Conner appeared on all three snaps of Pitt's second possession but did not carry the ball (all three plays were passing plays). He carried the ball once on Pitt's third possession and was replaced by freshman Rachid Ibrahim on the next play.
When Pitt's offense took the field again in the second quarter, Ibrahim was the running back. Conner appeared for one more play on Pitt's next-to-last drive of the half and carried the ball for no gain.
- Junior Isaac Bennett was Pitt's leading rusher with 31 yards on seven carries. Ibrahim carried the ball five times for 17 yards.
- Freshman receiver Tyler Boyd had 20 yards on two receptions, ending his streak of three consecutive 100-yard receiving games.
- Chris Blewitt connected on a 47-yard field goal near the end of the first half for Pitt's first points of the game. That was a career long for the freshman kicker and the longest field goal by a Pitt kicker since Kevin Harper connected from 47 yards in the 2013 BBVA Compass Bowl. It was also the longest Pitt field goal in a regular-season game since Harper hit a 47-yarder at Syracuse in 2011.
- Redshirt senior Shane Gordon returned to action after missing the Virginia game due to injury, but freshman Matt Galambos made the start at middle linebacker against Virginia Tech. Galambos recorded five total tackles and two solo stops. Gordon played a handful of snaps and recorded one tackle assist.
- Redshirt junior Bryan Murphy also returned to injury after missing the last two games. He worked as a reserve defensive end behind redshirt sophomore Ejuan Price, who took a significant majority of the snaps and made eight tackles, second-most in the game.. Murphy made three tackles - two solo - and a sack on third down in the second quarter.
- Senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald recorded two sacks in the loss, giving him 26.5 in his career, which ties Donald with Zeke Gadson and Keith Hamilton for fourth on the all-time sack list. Donald has recorded at least one sack in every game this season.
- Saturday was the 42nd time in the last 43 games that Pitt's defense has recorded at least one sack.
- With eight tackles Saturday, redshirt junior linebacker Anthony Gonzalez is now Pitt's leading tackler on the season. Redshirt junior Todd Thomas had a game-high 12 tackles against Virginia Tech and is now third on the team for the season.
- With redshirt freshman Gabe Roberts (shoulder) and redshirt junior Shane Johnson (foot) out, Pitt dressed eight offensive linemen Saturday. Beyond the five starters, the Panthers had redshirt seniors Juantez Hollins and Ryan Schlieper freshman Dorian Johnson. Schlieper was the backup center, while Johnson was an emergency interior lineman.