Originally posted on Pitt Blather  |  Last updated 9/5/13
One of the biggest positives coming out of Monday night — and there were a few — was that Tyler Boyd might be better than believed. On the fourth play of the Panthers’ opening drive, he took off on a “jet sweep” around right end and gained 18 yards. The drive resulted in a short-lived, 7-0 lead. Boyd ran the play twice more for 20 and 16 yards. His 54 yards on three carries led the Panthers in rushing. “I was very surprised,” he said. “When I got that first jet, I didn’t think I’d be as open as that. And the second one, they just kept opening it up for me. After that it was, like, totally comfort. I was ready for them to put the ball in my hands.” After a first half with no catches, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Boyd in the third quarter turned an apparently errant sideline pass from Tom Savage into a diving, highlight-worthy grab worth 17 yards. He later plucked a pass off his shoe tops for a 9-yard gain. One of 12 first-year freshmen who played, Boyd also accounted for 71 yards on three...
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