Sept. 22, 2013
PITTSBURGH—Pitt senior quarterback Tom Savage has been named the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s National Offensive Player of the Week after tying the Atlantic Coast Conference record with six touchdown passes in the Panthers’ 58-55 victory at Duke on Saturday.
Savage completed nearly 70% of his passes (23 of 33) for 424 yards and did not throw an interception against the Blue Devils. His six TD passes were the most by an ACC player since 1999 and matched the record set in 1987.
Savage’s scoring strikes covered 27, 67, 69, 14, 21 and 17 yards. (VIDEO LINK: See all six TD passes on the ACC Digital Network.) His passing yardage against Duke was the highest at Pitt since 1994 and ranks fourth overall.
On the season, Savage has completed 65% of his passes (51 of 78) for 861 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. He leads the ACC in passing yards per game (287.0 avg.) and ranks second in pass efficiency (185.9 rating) and total offense (274.7 avg.).
Savage is also prominent among the national leaders. His average of 16.88 yards per completion ranks sixth in the country. He is ninth nationally in pass efficiency, 11th in passing touchdowns (tied), 19th in passing yards per game and 25th in points responsible for (tied, 54 points).
This is the fourth time since 2004 a Pitt player has received Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors. Prior winners include quarterback Tyler Palko (2004), linebacker Scott McKillop (2008) and running back Ray Graham (2011).
The Panthers (2-1, 1-1 ACC) are eyeing a third consecutive victory when Virginia (2-1, 0-0) visits Heinz Field for an ACC Coastal Division matchup this Saturday, Sept. 28, at 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised locally by ROOT SPORTS.
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