A much needed win and now the Panthers will make a bowl. If the Panthers can win that they will be 7-6, just one game less than last year which is absolutely amazing considering all they went through.
Despite his 259 yards passing, Tino Sunseri again frustrated with his awful decisions.
Unbelievably idiotic play call on 3rd and 1 late in the game when Anthony Gonzalez was pulled for Sunseri who promptly led an ill-advised and poorly run screen to nowhere. But Gonzalez is also to blame for diving short of the first down. Dumb little plays like these are why the Panthers have struggled all season. But it also shows that Graham had no faith to get one yard rushing when it counted, and the truth is, he may be right.
The fact that Todd Graham went to the wildcat to seal the game is all you need to know about how much he trusts Sunseri.
Isaac Bennett may never be a star, but even when the team's talent level rises, he should be a very good four year contributor. He's a tough straight line runner and I love to watch him run with his old school style. He also showed he's a threat in the passing game with a team leading 7 catches.
Corey Davis can be a weapon out in the open. His speed is impressive.
The receivers again were hit and miss. Devin Street was not bad, but once again Michael Shanahan's hands disappointed.
Kevin Harper made 4 field goals but missed a 44 yarder and kicked one out of bounds. He still frustrates me because the talent is there. I don't know if the head is, though.
Brandon Lindsey had an excellent game and was all over the field. Needless to say, his play at the end was the game winner. The truth is, I had little faith that the Panthers were going to stop the Orange on that drive. Todd Thomas was also excellent on defense.
Looking at the starters today, I realized that no more than 5 of the 22 will be starters in two years. Keep the faith. Things will get much better. Not only did this team have to learn a completely different system that does not match up with their ability, but they also had a lot of injuries.