Cavalier Offense Struggles in Loss at Pittsburgh

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

Early mistakes put Virginia in a hole early and the Cavaliers couldn't generate enough offense to pull them out of a 14-3 loss at Pittsburgh Saturday in the Cavs' first road game and ACC opener. Virginia falls to 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in the ACC with the loss.

The Wahoos struggled to move the ball all game, gaining just 188 yards of total offense. On the other side, the Virginia defense was stout, forcing three turnovers, sacking Panthers' quarterback Tom Savage multiple times and holding Pitt to under 200 yards of total offense.

The Panthers struck first on a James Conner six-yard touchdown run, set up by a Dominique Terrell muffed punt which gave Pitt the ball inside the Cavalier 20.

Pitt made it 14-0 on a Savage-to-Devin Street 15-yard score after another Cavalier turnover inside their own 20.

The score remained 14-0 to the half, with the Cavaliers finally getting on the scoreboard in the third quarter thanks to an Ian Frye 32-yard field goal that made it 14-3.

Virgina would have its chances to get closer but multiple fourth down stops inside the Pittsburgh red zone stalled any momentum the Wahoos had.

David Watford was 15-of-37 for 123 yards passing with 11 rushes for 15 yards. Watford spent most of his afternoon on the run thanks to a relentless Panthers pass rush.

After gaining over 100 yards on the ground in last week's win over VMI, Kevin Parks was held to just 34 yards on 16 carries, while Daniel Hamm, also over 100 last week, had five yards on two carries.

Freshman linebacker Max Valles had a breakout game, notching three sacks. Maurice Canady and David Dean also had a pair of sacks for Virginia.

The Cavaliers will host Ball State next Saturday.

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