Tough loss for Pitt, and some very big weaknesses were exposed. The biggest problem, without a doubt, is the offensive line. What else can I say, other than they're horrible? Not one of them is any good. I hate to be so mean about it, but they may be even worse than last season.
1. Ray Graham is quicker than most running backs in college football, but he's not nearly as quick as he used to be. Having nowhere to run doesn't help. He ended up with 24 carries for 57 yards.
2. There are a lot of problems on this team, but Tino Sunseri isn't near the top of the list. Is he excellent? No. But he's clearly a much better quarterback in this system. He ended up completing 25 of 33 passes for 319 yards. He had no TDs, no interceptions, and was sacked 5 times.
3. Syracuse entered the game averaging 487.5 yards a game and Pitt held them to 305 yards. The Orange did not score an offensive touchdown after the first drive. K'waun Williams was excellent and Lafayette Pitts and Aaron Donald had their moments. But there are still some infuriating and unnecessary breakdowns. And when they had to make the stop, they couldn't do it.
4. Did I say the OL is awful? Let me say it again. They're awful.
5. The tight ends have been disappointing this season. J.P. Holtz plays well what little he's in there and he should be in there a lot more because Drew Carswell is living in LaLa Land.
Bottom line, the Pitt defense held their opponent to almost 200 yards under their average and the offense couldn't even come up with 14 points. This is the type of game that Dave Wannstedt would lose,and get criticized for, and there's no reason to let Paul Chryst of the hook with this one. It's a bottom line business, and at the end of the day there was no reason why Pitt lost this game, except for the fact that they did it to themselves. Win and they could have been 6-2 going into Notre Dame. Now they will be lucky to have a winning record. My biggest fear with Chryst was that he was going to be another Wannstedt and tonight's performance did nothing to ease those fears. But, he's not halfway through his first season and there's time for him this year, and at least a few years to come, to turn it around.