Well, the Panthers were doing great until just before the first half. That was before Paul Chryst made his first of many poor decisions. First, with under a minute to go, he called a timeout and stopped the clock. Then he went for it on 4th and 1, and that failed. It resulted in Louisville getting a field goal, and the momentum, to close the deficit to 21-17. After the half, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater torched the Pitt secondary, especially the normally reliable K'Waun Williams. The Cardinals scored 21 straight points and it was all over. Pitt, to their credit, tried hard to get back in it, but they couldn't overcome more busted plays and bad Chryst decisions.
Tino Sunseri was efficient completing 28 of 37 passes for 287 yards and 2 touchdowns. He had no interceptions, but was sacked 5 more times. Devin Street quietly had 11 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown. Ray Graham had 5 catches for 51 yards, Michael Shanahan chipped in with 4 catches for 74 yards, and even Rushel Shell added 4 catches for 28 yards. Cam Saddler only caught 2 passes for 14 yards but one was a nifty touchdown pass.
On the ground, Graham started but ran just 6 times for 20 yards. Shell, who may be the new feature back, had 97 yards on 18 carries, including a Walter Payton-like dive into the end zone. For the game, the Panthers ran for 94 yards (due to Sunseri's sacks). The Panthers were out gained in total yards 459-381. The Cardinals ran for 155 yards and passed for 304 yards. Nobody really stood out for the Panthers defense, who clearly did not have a good game.
On the season, the Panthers are now 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the Big East. It's clear that things are not going well at all, so much so that one has to wonder if a winning record is just a pipe dream at this time. Next week, however, the Panthers play at Buffalo, and in two weeks they host Temple, so there is still a decent chance that they could be 4-4 with four games left.