Yeah, Pitt was a touchdown underdog over a MAC team, and yeah, Pitt is only 7-6, but somehow this seems like a big win. Thoughts:
1. Devin Street, Matt Rotheram, Kevin Weatherspoon, and Bryan Murphy did not play, the latter two for undisclosed personal reasons but it didn't matter because...
2. Pitt has some very good young players. Leading the way is James Conner and Tyler Boyd. Both broke Pitt bowl records today that lasted for 35 years. Conner I've said all season that I loved and hopefully for once and all people will stop with those silly "move Conner to defense" statements. He proved today that he was good enough to play defense but he proved he was a star running back today. Boyd merely reminded us all that he's been a star all season.
3. Conner ran for 229 yards on 26 carries, an 8.8 avg., and a touchdown. To put it mildly, he was a beast.
4. Boyd had 8 catches for 173 yards and a 54-yard punt return for a TD.
5. Speaking of which, it's inexcusable that Boyd hasn't been the punt returner all season.
6. Tom Savage made some beautiful throws and completed 8 of 13 passes for 124 yards in the first half. But an injury forced him from the game at halftime. Next year's starting quarterback, Chad Voytik, was clearly nervous at first, and wasn't sharp, but once he got confidence he showed he can play. For the half he was 5 for 9 for 109 yards. He threw no interceptions. He also ran twice for 24 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown.
7. Aaron Donald again stood out on defense, as did Jason Hendricks, Ray Vinopal, and Tyrone Ezell.
8. Pitt had 487 total yards while Bowling Green had 289 yards.
9. The Panthers ended the season at 7-6 overall and will go into the offseason on a high. An even bigger high is knowing that Voytik, Conner, and Boyd will be around for at least two more seasons.