And you thought last week was ugly. Some thoughts:
1. The offensive line was atrocious. No other way to say it. The running backs had nowhere to run and Tom Savage was constantly under pressure.
2. Savage completed 13 of 31 passes for 191 yards. He also completed a TD and threw 2 interceptions. Both interceptions were nice plays by a very good Virginia secondary. Savage also was sacked 8 times. Some were his fault but most weren't.
3. James Conner ran hard but had no room at all. He carried 15 times for 27 yards. He also ran for a touchdown in which he trucked a Virginia defender. Isaac Bennett ran 5 times for 5 yards. Rachid Ibrahim ran well, mostly late in the game, and had 4 carries for 26 yards.
4. While Savage did mostly struggle he also made a handful of gorgeous passes, usually to Tyler Boyd, who once again was excellent with 7 catches for 111 yards. He did have a fumble, however, in Virginia territory. Devin Street added 4 catches for 58 yards. There were a few drops, though, and the tight ends, considered a team strength, had no catches.
5. Defensively, the Panthers were much better but it remains to be seen how much better just because it was obvious that Virginia is terrible offensively. The Cavaliers had 188 total yards (compared to Pitt's 199 yards).
6. Aaron Donald was again the best player on the field for Pitt.
7. The kicking game was bad again. Chris Blewitt missed a very makeable field goal and punter Matt Yoklic continues his very poor season.
8. Pitt is 3-1 but it's still a Jekyll and Hyde team. They may be one of the worst 3-1 teams in major college football but at that same time they are at least 3-1.