Now this is what I call an impressive win, and I think it was the most impressive win of the season. Virginia Tech was a bit of an anomaly because the Hokies were mailing it in, but Temple was trying hard and still had no answers for Pitt. I can't really think of one major bad thing that Pitt did. The good?
Tino Sunseri once again was proficient completing 20 of 28 passes for 321 yards and 3 TDs. He also had no interceptions yet again and was sacked just once.
Devin Street had 6 catches for 140 yards, and a TD, while Mike Shanahan had 6 catches for 67 yards. At tight end, J.P. Holtz is playing more than Hubie Graham now and while they only threw his way once, it was an 18-yard touchdown. He was also excellent blocking, as was the entire line who simply manhandled the Temple defense.
Pitt out gained Temple 528-324.
Ray Graham and Rushel Shell were both excellent. Graham showed more of his old self and came with 19 carriers for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also caught 4 passes for 71 yards, and another touchdown. Shell plowed his way to 79 yards on 12 carries. He also had a touchdown.
On defense, the entire unit was flying all over the field. Temple has one of the worst pass offenses in the country and Pitt had a field day with the Owls being so one dimensional. Temple did run for 129 yards, but that's down from Temple's usual 167.2 yard average.
K'Waun Williams, Lafayette Pitts, and Jason Hendricks were all good in the secondary and the fact that are three are back next year is great news for the program.
Aaron Donald was once again good, especially with the pass rush.
The best news I saved for last and that is the play of Dan Mason. It's a miracle that the guy can even play, but the truth is, in the last two games, he's proven to be the best player on the defense. He's everywhere and he's quickly reaching legendary status. I just can't say enough about Mason or his story.
Next up is Notre Dame. Needless to say this will be a much tougher test than Temple. If Pitt plays this well at South Bend, they could steal the game. But even if they play this well and lose it will show that Chryst is heading the right way.