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Pitt's James Conner celebrates with his team after defeating Villanova 28-7 at Saturday at Heinz Field.

Pitt defeats Villanova 28-7

Pitt running back James Conner leads his team onto the field for warmups Pitt running back James Conner leads his team onto the field for warmups Pitt running back James Conner warms up before taking on Villanova Pitt running back James Conner hugs Reggie Mitchell during warmups Pitt’ James Conner leads the team onto the field against Villanova Members of the Armed Forces salute during the National Anthem Pitt’s James Conner scores his first touchdown after deating cancer Pitt students chant “Conner Strong” after James Conner scored his first touchdown Pitt’ Tyrique Jarrett reaches to take down Villanova’s Javon White after ripping off his helmet Pitt’s Mike Caprara sacks Villanova quarterback Zach Bednarczyk in the first quarter Pitt’ James Conner carries as he’s taken down by Villanova’s Jeff Steeb in the first quarter Pitt’s James Conner carries for his first touchdown Pitt head basketball coaches Suzie McConnell-Serio and Kevin Stallings join in “Sweet Caroline” Pitt students honor James Connors’ return as their team takes on Villanova Pitt’s Jester Weah pulls in a pass for a touchdown against Villanova in the fourth quarter Pitt’s Jester Weah celebrates after pulling in a pass for a touchdown against Villanova Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi calls a play to his team against Villanova Pitt’s James Conner carries in the first quarter against Villanova Pitt quarterback Nate Peterman gets a throw off in front of Villanova’s Jeff Steeb Pitt’s Jester Weah pulls in a pass against Villanova’s Malik Reaves in the second quarter Pitt’s Quadree Henderson returns the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown Pitt’s Quadree Henderson celebrates after returning the opening kickoff of the second half Pitt’s Quadree Henderson celebrates after returning the opening kickoff of the second half Pitt’s Avonte Maddox reaches to take down Villanova’s Taurus Phillips in the third quarter Pitt quarterback Nate Peterman drops back to throw against Villanova in the fourth quarter Pitt’s Quadree Henderson carries against Villanova’s Malik Reaves in the fourth quarter Pitt’s James Conner carries against Villanova in the second quarter Pitt’s James Conner celebrates with his team after defeating Villanova 28-7 at Saturday View The Gallery >