What an embarrassing start for the Paul Chryst era. Not much I can say, really. It started with six suspension and the idiotic removal of the names of the jerseys. Then it got worse. Youngstown State is an excellent FCS team, but this was a bomb, pure and simple.
The offensive line was not good and the skilled players showed little, but it was the defense that was the real embarrassment. Youngstown State moved the ball at will and the defense did not make one outstanding play all game. The defensive line, like the offensive line, was blown off the ball, and the secondary couldn't cover anybody. The Penguins ended up with 381 total yards but it seemed more like 681 total yards.
The Pitt offense managed 367 total yards. Tino Sunseri was not awful, but he wasn't great either. He ended up making 19 of 30 for 237 yards and one touchdown. He threw no touchdowns and was not sacked. Surprisingly Ray Graham started, and while he was not his old self, he was still good enough to carry 14 times for 71 yards. He did half a fumble on the first drive, however. Isaac Bennett was also solid with 42 yards on 10 carries. He also ran for a touchdown. The Panthers ran for 140 yards and a 4.6 avg. Michael Shanahan led the receivers with 6 catches for 54 yards. Devin Street was back to being his underachieving self with 4 catches for 49 yards, plus a drop and a fumble. Hubie Graham added 4 catches for 38 yards. Joshua Brinson caught a 35-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and true freshman tight end J.P. Holtz caught a 20-yard pass that could have went for a touchdown if he hadn't tripped.
With Cincinnati and Virginia Tech on the horizon, the Panthers are looking at an 0-3 start.