Offense Ready for Duke Defense

In week one, the offense was stopped at 13 points, but in week two it was the freshman that couldn't be stopped putting up 35 of their own. The offense is looking for a repeat of week 2 as they head to Duke on Saturday.

Ready for the next snap

Quarterback Tom Savage and the rest of the offense are not easily frazzled by a pick or fumble. Savage threw a pick on the very first drive against New Mexico, but it would have been impossible for fans to even notice if they showed up a couple minutes late. In fact, Savage threw two interceptions against the Lobos, but yet managed to have one of the most efficient games of his career. Savage completed 13-of-17 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns.

Savage's two interceptions and two Pitt fumbles were about the only blemishes on their winning performance, 49-27. Now as the offense gets ready to face off against Duke, the focus is on executing the fundamentals and avoiding repeated mistakes.

Savage and the rest of the offense are more than confident about limiting the mistakes, and already have the proof that they can just as easily recover from them. It's easy to have the confidence that Savage has when you have receivers like Devin Street and Tyler Boyd to throw to.

"Our receivers are smart players and they make sure to get open," said Savage. "They know how to play the game and it makes my job easier. Boyd is an unbelievable athlete, but I'm confident in all our receivers. It doesn't matter which one of them is out there, because if their open then they will get the ball."

Savage's main focus - no more turnovers, and the same goes for the running backs. Junior Isaac Bennett seemed somewhat pleased with what him and freshman James Conner did against New Mexico, but he also stated he knows they can perform even better.

Good news for Pitt fans, right? Rewind to their latest performance from Saturday against New Mexico, Bennett had 14 carries for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Conner added to that with 12 carries for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns of his own. But it's the two fumbles that bothers Bennett the most.

"We need to stay confident in our reads," said Bennett. "It's really about focusing on the basic fundamentals we learned from day one."

Bennett is confident they can do more while limiting the turnovers. The one goal Bennett and Conner share is to each rush for 1,000-yards, and if the New Mexico game is any indication of what's to come then that goal may be reached before the end of the season.

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