Today the Virginia coaching staff wore a Coach to Cure MD patch to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. This is the sixth annual Coach to Cure MD effort from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and UVa has taken part all six seasons.
Virginia (2-2) is now 2-4 all-time against Pitt and 0-3 in Pittsburgh.
Virginia drops its ACC opener for the fourth season in a row.
Terrell's rush was his first since his collegiate debut in 2011 against William & Mary (three yards).
Terrell's reception in the fourth quarter extends his consecutive game streak with a reception to 18.
Pitt Postgame Notes
Stretching its winning streak to three games, the University of Pittsburgh (3-1, 2-1 ACC) outlasted Virginia (2-2, 0-1 ACC), 14-3, in a defensive battle on Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field. The Panthers recorded their third consecutive victory for the first time since a four-game winning streak that overlapped between the 2010 and ’11 seasons. Pitt now has its first same-season three-game winning streak since the team defeated Syracuse, Rutgers and Louisville consecutively in 2010.
The 14 points Pitt scored was the lowest points total in a victory for the team since the Panthers defeated West Virginia 13-9 on Dec. 1, 2007. The win also marked Pitt’s first ACC triumph at home.
Wide receiver Tyler Boyd recorded his third consecutive 100-yard receiving game, becoming the first Pitt freshman to achieve that feat since Antonio Bryant in 1999. Boyd finished with seven catches for 111 yards.
The Pitt defense had its best game of the season, forcing two turnovers that the Panthers converted into first-quarter touchdowns (scored by James Conner and Devin Street) and limiting the Cavaliers to just 179 yards of total offense. The two turnovers resulted from first-career fumble recoveries by redshirt freshmen Trenton Coles and Bam Bradley, respectively. The Panthers’ defensive unit made clutch plays throughout, holding Virginia to 1-for-4 on fourth-down attempts and halting five UVA drives in Pitt territory.
Both teams struggled to run the ball effectively. Pitt held Virginia to 65 yards rushing; the last time the Panthers held an opponent to less than 75 yards rushing was at South Florida on Dec. 1, 2012 (eight yards). As a partial result of quarterback Tom Savage being sacked seven times, Pitt finished with just eight yards rushing, its lowest total since SMU held the Panthers to 10 rushing yards in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 7, 2012.
The last time Pitt held an opponent to three points was at South Florida on Dec. 1, 2012.
Senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald tallied two of Pitt’s three sacks of Virginia quarterback David Watford. The pair of sacks pushed Donald’s career total to 24.5, moving him into seventh place on the school’s all-time sack list ahead of Brandon Lindsey (22.5), Dennis Atiyeh (23) and Bryan Knight (23.5).
For the third straight week, Todd Thomas forced a turnover on downs by making a key tackle on fourth down. The junior linebacker snuffed out fake-punt attempts by New Mexico and Duke the last two weeks, and against Virginia he brought down Cavaliers running back Kevin Parks on a fourth-and-two play in the second quarter.
Junior linebacker Anthony Gonzalez recorded a team-high and career-high 10 total tackles. His previous career-high total was eight tackles, which he achieved twice and most recently against Duke last week.
Two true freshmen made their first career starts for Pitt: linebacker Matt Galambos and H-Back Jaymar Parrish. Galambos and Parrish joined tight end Scott Orndoff and wide receiver Tyler Boyd as true freshmen to earn a start for Pitt this season.