Pitt Cruises Past Delaware 62-0 in Season Opener

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James Conner rushed for 153 yards and four first-half touchdowns on Saturday.

PITTSBURGH (PittsburghPanthers.com and AP) - James Conner rushed for 153 yards and four first-half touchdowns as Pittsburgh cruised past Delaware 62-0 on Saturday.

Conner scored on runs of 7, 8, 1 and 19 yards as the Panthers opened the season with a victory for the first time under third-year coach Paul Chryst. Pitt pushed the overmatched Blue Hens around, outgaining Delaware 501-64 to post the program's first shutout in nine years.

Chad Voytik completed 12 of 15 passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns in his first start, including a 12-yard strike to sophomore wide receiver Tyler Boyd that gave the Panthers a 14-0 first-quarter lead.

Boyd, who set school freshman records for receptions and receiving yards last fall, left in the second quarter with a dislocated finger in his left hand.