Turnovers doom Virginia in ugly loss at Pittsburgh

It never happened.

Two miscues deep in Virginia territory opened the door for Pitt to take command early.

Forced to punt midway through the first quarter, Pitt’s Matt Yoklic got off a low line drive that hit at the Virginia 35 and started rolling. Punt returner Dominique Terrell tracked the ball as it bounded down the field then decided to touch it despite having two Panthers right next to him. Trenton Coles fell on the loose ball at the Virginia 19. Four players later James Conner bulled over from 6 yards out, winning a brutal collision with Virginia safety Brandon Phelps at the Virginia 4 then high-stepping into the end zone.

Things only got worse on Virginia’s next possession as a snap from center Ross Burbank clanked off Watford’s hands. Bam Bradley picked it up and it took the Panthers 41 seconds to double its advantage as Savage hit Street on a perfectly executed fade route in the corner of the end zone.

Virginia’s best chance to make it interesting came late in the fourth quarter when Watford led a drive inside the Pittsburgh 5. His fourth-down pass to tight end Jake McGee sailed high and Pitt was able to run off most of the 3:30 remaining.

“We had a lot of drops today,” McGee said. “I don’t know how many, but it seemed like every pass play we were doing something wrong.”

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