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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh turned a pair of early Virginia turnovers into touchdowns and the Panther defense did the rest in a 14-3 victory on Saturday.

Tom Savage completed 13 of 30 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions before leaving late in the fourth quarter. Tyler Boyd caught seven passes for 111 yards for Pitt. The Panthers (3-1, 2-1 ACC) have won three straight for the first time since 2010.

A week after giving up 55 points to Duke, Pitt’s defense shut down the Cavaliers (2-2, 0-1). Virginia managed just 188 total yards. Quarterback David Watford completed 15 of 36 passes for 122 yards and Virginia never threatened to make it interesting after spotting the Panthers two first-quarter scores.

Both teams came in riding high. Pitt piled up 589 total yards in a shootout win over the Blue Devils while Virginia pounded VMI 49-0.

The going was considerably tougher for both sides in a game to make some sense of the jumble behind Virginia Tech in the ACC’s Coastal Division. Instead, it proved to be a jumbled mess.

The teams combined for 17 punts, five turnovers and zero momentum.

Lehigh 34, New Hampshire 27

BETHLEHEM — Brandon Bialkowski threw two touchdowns and Sean Farrell ran for two more to lead Lehigh to a come-from-behind win over New Hampshire.

Lehigh was trailing 27-20 in the third quarter when Farrell scored his second consecutive rushing TD to tie the game. The Lehigh defense held and Bialkowski capped the next Mountain Hawks drive with a 15-yard scoring pass to Derek Knott. Bialkowski was 31 of 52 for 359 yards passing.

Villanova 35, Pennsylvania 6

VILLANOVA — John Robertson passed for three touchdowns, rushed for a 36-yard TD and accounted for 398 total yards of offense in leading Villanova to a victory over Pennsylvania.

Robertson was 19 of 28 for 266 yards, with two TD strikes to Poppy Livers and the other to Joe Price as the Wildcats (2-2) won their second straight game. Robertson, who is also Villanova’s leading rusher, added 15 carries for a game-high 132 yards.

The Wildcats forced four turnovers, including two interceptions by Joe Sarnese. Craig James also returned a blocked field goal 73 yards for a touchdown.

The Wildcats had a 21-0 third-quarter lead before Billy Ragone completed a 9-yard TD pass to Spencer Kulcsar for the Quakers’ (1-1) only score. Ragone was 18 of 35 for 192 yards.

Villanova has now defeated Penn in 12 straight years.

Fordham 38, St. Francis 20

LORETTO — Michael Nebrich threw three touchdowns passes, including two in the fourth quarter, and Fordham pulled away from Saint Francis.

The Rams (5-0) set the pace early, as Jorge Solano returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. A 10-yard touchdown pass from Nebrich to Dan Light gave the Rams a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Saint Francis (1-3) came back to take a brief 20-17 lead on a 71-yard touchdown run by Kyle Harbridge. Harbridge accounted for all of the Red Flash scores, logging three touchdowns while rushing for a season-high 291 yards.

Robert Morris 37, VMI 31, 2OT

LEXINGTON, Va. — Deontae Howard rushed for a career-high 100 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown in the second overtime to lead Robert Morris over Virginia Military Institute.

Paul Jones set the pace for Robert Morris (2-2) with 321 passing yards, the most by a Colonial since 2005. Donte Jeter was his favorite target with eight catches for 112 yards.

The victory was Colonials’ first ever over VMI (1-4) and came in Joe Walton’s 200th career game as head coach at Robert Morris.

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