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Pitt vs. Syracuse: James Conner reportedly injured after breaking ACC TD record and tying Tony Dorsett's mark

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Entering Saturday's game against Syracuse, Pitt running back James Conner needed only a single touchdown to tie Tony Dorsett for the all-time Pitt record and break the ACC mark. He picked that up on a one-yard score in the first half, but then promptly disappeared.

The Pitt star was seen holding his hip during the game on the sideline and also possibly keeping some ice to it while limping off the field to the locker room.

With a 17-0 lead at halftime over the Orange, Pitt could have this game in hand without him. Syracuse has done next to nothing offensively with only 125 total yards and three turnovers. In addition, backup running back Chris James has looked even better than Conner today, outgaining him 51-38 on four fewer carries - so the Panthers may be able to get by even if he doesn't return.

If Pitt wants to keep its bowl hopes alive next week at Miami, though, a healthy Conner would go a long way.

Conner entered the game as the nation's third leading rusher in the FBS. No immediate word on his return.

UPDATE: Conner has now been ruled out for the rest of the game

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