OAKLAND--Pitt’s win over Clemson marked Pitt’s first win over a No. 2-ranked team since the 13-9 game over West Virginia in 2007.
Coming into the contest, no team had scored a first-quarter touchdown on Clemson this season. Pitt changed that with two in the opening 15 minutes.
Pitt scored the longest passing touchdown allowed by Clemson this season with Scott Orndoff’s 55-yard touchdown in the first half.
The Panthers posted 464 total yards of offense, amassing at least 400 yards of total offense for the ninth time this season. Their 308 passing yards were a season high.
Nathan Peterman threw for five touchdowns, which was the most by a Pitt quarterback since Tom Savage threw six touchdown passes at Duke in 2013.
Pitt intercepted passes from Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson three times. It was Pitt’s first game this season with multiple picks.
Junior defensive lineman Jeremiah Taleni recorded a career-high 2 sacks, his first sacks of the season.
Avonte Maddox and sophomore linebacker Oluwaseun Idowu each recorded a career-high 11 tackles in the game.
With several defensive linemen injured, freshman Amir Watts started his first game as a Panther.
Peterman threw for a career-high 308 yards and five touchdowns on 22 of 37 passing with no interceptions. He was 12 of 19 with 242 yards and four touchdowns in the first half.
James Conner scored the 50th touchdown of his career on a 46-yard reception in the first quarter Conner took another carry for a touchdown later in the game and is now tied for second in ACC history in career touchdowns with 51.
It was Conner’s 15th career 100-yard rushing game and fourth this season. He finished with 132 yards on 20 carries.
Tight end Scott Orndoff pieced together his first career 100-yard receiving game. He finished with career highs in receptions (9) and receiving yards (128).
Fullback George Aston caught two touchdown passes. He now has reached the end zone eight times this year, four rushing and four receiving.