Pennsylvania’s major college football teams split their contests on Saturday, with Pitt winning a 49-27 near-laugher at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, but Penn State dropping a 34-31 decision to visiting Central Florida at Beaver Stadium.
Freshman Tyler Boyd, the former Clairton High School star, paced Pitt (1-1) with 195 total yards and two touchdowns. Boyd recorded six catches for 134 yards, two carries for 39 yards, plus 22 return yards. He scored with a 34-yard reception and on a 33-yard reverse.
Another freshman, James Conner, from McDowell High School in Erie, ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns, and junior Isaac Bennett tallied 101 rushing yards, also scoring twice. Tom Savage threw a 4-yard TD pass to yet another freshman, tight end Scott Orndoff. Savage finished 13-for-17 for 236 passing yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
New Mexico is now 1-2.
Storm Johnson rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown and caught a TD pass in the win for Central Florida (3-0). The Knights tallied 507 yards of total offense.
Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg completed 21-of-28 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown, and Zach Zwinak rushed for 128 yards and three scores, but the Nittany Lions slipped to 2-1.
Next Saturday, Pitt will visit Duke, and Penn State will host Kent State. The Pitt game, which will kick off at 12:30 PM, will be heard on ESPN Radio 1120, with the pregame show beginning at 10:30 AM.