Pitt sophomore running back James Conner and senior offensive guard Matt Rotheram earned ACC honors this week for contributing to the Panthers' 62-0 drubbing of visiting Delaware on Saturday. Conner was names Offensive back of the week and Rotheram was named offensive lineman of the week.
The 6-2, 250 lb.Conner ran for 153 yards on 14 carries for an average of almost 11 yards-per-rush. He only played in the first half. Conner scored four touchdowns of 7, 8, 1, and 19 yards.
"I can still run harder. We just take it game-by-game," Conner said. "It was good to win our opener. We didn't do that the last couple years."
His one-yard touchdown was set up by the longest run of his college career, a 60-yarder two plays earlier. Conner was disappointed in himself after the game as he got caught at the four-yard-line on the 60-yard dash at the four-yard line.
"I was mad that I didn't score when I broke the long one," Conner said. "I was looking back so I slowed down a little bit and I got caught. Now I know from experience I won't look back anymore."
Overall, the Panthers rushed for 409 yards, the most in forty years. Conner credited the offensive line for blocking well the entire game.
"The offensive line did a great job," Conner said. "They prepared themselves the best they could and they looked really good."
Rotheram anchored the line from his right guard position and helped Pitt runners average over 7 yards-per-carry and score 7 touchdowns. All 56 rushes were for positive yardage and the line did not give up one sack.
"We approach every game the same. There's always things we can improve on," Rotheram said. "Everybody played with confidence. That's very important."
The Panthers (1-0) return to action this Friday, Sept. 5 by traveling to Boston College (1-0) for an ESPN nationally televised game at 7 p.m.
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