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Pitt notebook: Savage says miscommunication led to INTs

| Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 9:36 p.m.

Pitt quarterbackTom Savage said Tuesday “some communication stuff” led to his two interceptions against Florida State, but he added the ultimate blame sits with him.

“I'm not going to get into that,” he said. “Obviously, the ball is in the defenders' hands so it's my fault and I'll take full responsibility for it. Just blame it on me. It's fine.”

• Savage said the interceptions didn't sap his confidence, “Even after the picks, there was never, ‘What the heck am I doing out there?' I knew what happened on all of them. I know how we could adjust and improve from there.”

• Offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph said the passing game had its moments. “He did some great things,” he said of Savage. “There are some times where we can make better decisions and be smarter.”

• Savage's arm strength is impressive — a trait that will get him noticed by NFL scouts in his last year of collegiate eligibility — but he said there is more to playing quarterback. “It's kind of cliche to say, but you have to move the chains and get first downs.”

Tyler Boyd had only five scrimmage touches, but Rudolph is impressed by what the freshman wide receiver can do with the ball in his hands. “The one cut on the jet (sweep) was a pretty nice play,” Rudolph said. “If there are opportunities to do things like that, you have to take advantage of it. But it has to be within our scheme. But I wouldn't hesitate to put the ball in his hands. He opens it up from ‘that could be a good play' to ‘that is a good play.' ”

• Rudolph will continue to use freshmen Boyd and running backJames Conner in key roles. “There is no one with wide eyes, kind of like, ‘Whoa, me? I'm in?' They are ready to go.” Conner said he was more nervous in high school. “I hope the bigger the stage, the bigger I play.”

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