There's really not much to take away from this game because the opponent was so inferior. The Panthers were in a no-win situation and the only thing they could do was kill the Running Bulldogs, and that's what they did.
On offense, Tino Sunseri was sharp, throwing for 345 yards and 3 touchdowns on 18 of 24 passing. He also had no interceptions. His main target for the second week in a row was senior wide receiver Michael Shanahan who came off his first ever 100-yard receiving game last week to have 5 catches for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns. One of those touchdowns was for 77 yards. Devin Street added 5 catches for 94 yards and a 34-yard TD pass. Cameron Saddler also added 5 catches for 81 yards. Combined, the three averaged 21.3 yards a catch.
The ground game was not as impressive, mostly because the offensive line did not play particularly well. Ray Graham ran for 95 yards on 8 carries, but that included a 78-yard TD run in which he wasn't touched. He had 17 yards on 7 carries without that run. Rushel Shell added 40 yards on 13 carries, including his first TD. Isaac Bennett and Malcolm Crockett came in late for mop up duty and had 52 and 32 yards respectively. For the day, the Panthers had 229 yards rushing, but like I said, most was on one run and in mop up duty. The offensive line must get better, especially since they also were called for a significant amount of penalties.
On defense, as expected, Gardner-Webb had no chance, passing for 96 yards and running for 35 yards on 28 carries. Some significant players included Jason Hendricks, who had his third interception in two games (with one more reversed earlier after replay) and middle linebacker Shane Gordon, who continues to play well. It's also important to note that true freshman Darryl Render saw a lot of snaps on the line and looks like he's going to be a good player.
On special teams, Lafayette Pitts had a nice kickoff return before cutting it back early and getting tripped up by his own player, but Kevin Harper missed another field goal.
Bottom line, it won't be until two Fridays from now when the Panthers play at Syracuse, will we get a better idea of where the team is. The Orange are not good and it's a game that Pitt needs to win if they want to be successful this season. Following that is a big home game against Louisville, the supposed best team in the conference. I feel these two games will pretty much determine how Pitt's season will go. Lose both and things aren't going to be good this season. Split and it's probably another mediocre season. Win both and Pitt becomes a serious Big East title contender.