Try as he did, Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage can't take all the blame for the beating he's received in his last two games, during which he's been sacked 15 times and hit countless more times.
Once on a three-game winning streak, the Panthers (3-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have an issue.
''It's clearly something we've got to clean up,'' Panthers coach Paul Chryst said of the pass protection.
Savage wound up with a concussion against Virginia, but managed to finish the game against the Hokies. He even ran for a touchdown with about 2 minutes to play. Still, he tried to shoulder the blame.
''I think they did a great job, but I think on our part we have to execute better,'' he said after completing 13 of 28 passes for 187 yards. The Panthers ran for just 23 yards on 26 carries.
''There's nothing out there that we saw that we weren't expecting,'' Savage said.
Three weeks ago, Savage tied an ACC record with six touchdown passes in a 58-55 victory against Duke. Since then, ...