Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 9/3/13
Florida State provided Pittsburgh a glimpse of what it will take to rise to the top of the ACC. The road - as evidenced by the way the 11th-ranked Seminoles dominated at times in a 41-13 victory on Monday night - will be a long one. Still, the Panthers believe they may already be on the path thanks to a couple of eye-opening performances by true freshmen Tyler Boyd and James Conner. Boyd was arguably the best player in a blue jersey at Heinz Field in his college debut, making something happen each time he touched the ball. The speedy 6-foot wide receiver ran for 54 yards on three carries, caught two passes for 26 yards and came within one shoestring tackle of returning a kickoff for a touchdown. Not bad for a kid who feared he would have trouble making an immediate impact against one of the nation's top defenses. ''I thought it was going to be really tough,'' Boyd said. ''But I expected too much, I guess.'' The Panthers did what they could to get the ball in Boyd's hands early....
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