Pitt freshman James Conner ended a personal drought with his third 100-yard rushing performance of the season today.
Unfortunately for Conner, his effort was not enough to help Pitt get past North Carolina.
Conner rushed 19 times for 102 yards and a touchdown, but the Panthers lost to the Tar Heels 34-27 on a late punt return.
Conner, a 6-foot 2-inch, 230-pound freshman tailback out of McDowell, rushed for more than 100 yards in two of Pitt’s first three games. However, in his previous five games he had a combined total of just 94 yards.
His 2-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter helped Pitt tie the game 27 after the Panthers had trailed 24-3 at halftime.
Conner now has 522 yards rushing on 108 carries, along with seven touchdowns, which is tied for the team lead. He added a 13-yard reception today.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor