Pitt's season hasn't gone according to plan, but one player, James Conner, is in the middle of a dream season.
Conner is third in the nation in rushing with 1,562 yards and also third with 21 touchdowns. The yardage, of course, is impressive. Conner, though, needs just one more touchdown to tie Tony Dorsett's Pitt record of 22 scores in a season. His 21 touchdowns are also, according to NFL.com, and ACC record.
On Friday afternoon, Conner got a bit of encouragement from the current record holder:
James Conner good luck on tying and possibly breaking my season record for rushing touchdowns at Pitt (22).James stay healthy Hail to Pitt
— Tony Dorsett (@Tony_Dorsett) November 21, 2014
It's pretty cool that Conner has Dorsett's attention and also great that he'll get the chance to tie and break the record at home. There's no guarantee here, obviously, and Syracuse's defense is pretty solid. But you can expect Paul Chryst and company to do all they can to get Conner the record.
Conner has scored in all but two games this year and with two games left, Dorsett's record doesn't look safe. At all.
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