PITTSBURGH—Pitt sophomore running back James Conner and senior offensive guard Matt Rotheram were honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference today for their performances in the Panthers’ 62-0 season-opening win over Delaware.
Conner was named the ACC’s Offensive Back of the Week, while Rotheram was tabbed the league’s Offensive Lineman of the Week. The pair spearheaded a devastating rushing attack that rolled up 409 yards, Pitt’s highest single-game rushing total since the Tony Dorsett era of the mid-1970s.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Conner (Erie, Pa./McDowell) rushed for 153 yards on just 14 carries—an average of nearly 11 yards per attempt—and ran for four touchdowns. Playing only the first half against Delaware, he scored a TD every 3.5 times he was handed the ball. Conner’s scoring runs covered 7, 8, 1 and 19 yards as he helped Pitt gain a 42-0 lead by intermission.
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Rotheram (North Olmsted, Ohio/North Olmsted) was Pitt’s top road grader on the offensive front, helping the Panthers rush for seven touchdowns and average 7.3 yards per attempt. Pitt running backs were not dropped for a loss on any of their 56 carries against Delaware and the Panthers did not give up a sack on 14 pass attempts.
Pitt’s 409 rushing yards were its most since the 1976 national championship season when the Panthers had 444 vs. Army.
Conner and Rotheram helped Pitt achieve its largest margin of victory in a season opener since 1913 (67-0 over Ohio Northern).
The Panthers will open ACC play this Friday, Sept. 5, when they travel to Boston College (1-0) for an ESPN nationally televised game at 7 p.m.
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