Conner rushed for a school-record 229 yards to lead the Panthers to a victory in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl
Pitt 30, Bowling Green 27
Pitt 30, Bowling Green 27; Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Bennett rushes for 141 yards and a touchdown.
Tom Savage passed for 218 yards and a touchdown.
2013: In his lone season of eligibility at Pitt, threw for 2,958 yards and 21 touchdowns on 61% passing (238 of 389)...threw only nine interceptions on the year...also rushed for three TDs...started all 13 games but was limited to just one half of play in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl vs. Bowling Green...sustained a ribs injury late in the second quarter of the bowl game and did not return...was 8 of 13 for 124 yards against Bowling Green, helping Pitt to a 17-10 halftime lead (and an eventual 30-27 victory)...if not for the injury, was on track to become just the fifth player in Pitt history to reach 3,000 passing yards in a season...his 2,958 passing yards rank fifth on Pitt's single-season list...produced one of the finest single-game passing efforts in school history in Pitt's 58-55 win at Duke...completed nearly 70% of his passes (23 of 33) for 424 yards and tied an ACC record with six touchdown passes...his yardage total was the most by a Pitt quarterback since 1997 and ranked fourth in school history...garnered numerous honors for his Duke performance, including Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week and ACC Offensive Back of the Week...his second highest yardage output was a 313-yard effort on 23-of-38 passing (60%) with two TDs vs. North Carolina...threw only three INTs over his final nine contests of the season...elected a senior team captain...All-ACC Academic Team selection.
2012: Transferred to Pitt prior to the 2012 season...did not play in any games under NCAA guidelines.
2011:Transferred to Arizona prior to the 2011 season...did not play in any games under NCAA guidelines.
AT RUTGERS (2009-10): Seized the starting quarterback job in September '09 as a true freshman and was named the Scarlet Knights' Most Valuable Offensive Player after completing 149-of-285 passes (52%) for 2,211 yards with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions...played in 12 total games, starting 11...threw for a career-high 294 yards on 14-of-27 passing with two TDs in a 45-24 victory over UCF in the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl...had the most passing yards and touchdowns by a true freshman quarterback in Big East history...also had the best touchdown-to-interception ratio for any true frosh QB in the country in 2009...Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America selection...played in six games, starting four as a sophomore, completing 43-of-83 passes (52%) for 521 yards and two TDs.
HIGH SCHOOL: Enjoyed a heralded career at Cardinal O'Hara High, throwing for nearly 4,000 career yards as a three-year starter...selected a U.S. Army All-American...rated the nation's No. 3 pro-style quarterback by Tom Lemming and No. 8 by SuperPrep...threw for 1,355 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior...junior season was cut short due to a foot injury but still managed to throw for more than 800 yards with eight TDs...played under Coach Dan Algeo...selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Big 33 Football Classic.
PERSONAL: Thomas Benjamin Savage, born 4/26/90, is the son of Tom and Linda Savage...has one brother, Bryan, who played quarterback at Wisconsin (2004-05) and Hofstra (2007-08)...communication major.
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