What a difference a week makes. The Panthers ran all over the #13 Hokies and improved their record to 1-2. A lot of the national media are already saying that Virginia Tech was just having their yearly choke game, and it's true they did not play at all, but take nothing away from the Panthers.
Tino Sunseri silenced his critics completing 19 of 28 passes for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns. He only threw for one interception and was sacked just once. Michael Shanahan had his first 100 yard game as a Panther will 111 yards on catches. He also caught a touchdown, as did Devin Street who had 4 catches for 73 yards.
But it was the running game that was most impressive. The offensive line was superb and Ray Graham ran for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns on 24 carries (3.9 avg.). But it was true freshman Rushel Shell who had his coming out party. He ran like he was mad at the grass and powered his way to 157 yards on 23 carries (6.8 avg.). For the game, the Panthers ran for 254 yards and had 537 total yards.
On defense, the Panthers gave up just 324 yards, intercepted 3 passes, had 2 sacks, and a fumble. Aaron Donald was an animal and middle linebacker Shane Gordon was all over the place, even breaking up two passes.
It wasn't perfect as the Hokies had a long touchdown pass and a 95-yard punt return. And Kevin Harper missed two field goals. But overall it was a great win for the Panthers. Whether or not it was a sign of things to come or if it was simply an anomaly, nobody knows yet, but with Gardner-Webb coming in and then a week off, the Panthers have a chance to turn their season around.