Well, that was nice to see. Yes, it's Delaware, but Pitt has struggled with these teams in the past. Not only did Pitt crush them but they played a perfect game. And a perfect game against anybody is a good sign for the future. Some highlights:
1. I've loved James Conner since I've first seem him and I sometimes felt like I'm the only one that thought he could be a superstar. Yes, it's inferior competition but he was still sick with 145 yards on just 13 carries. He also ran for 4 touchdowns. He looked quick, tough, and good.
2. Tyler Boyd was great on punt returns averaging 11.5 yards a return. He also caught 3 passes for 20 yards, and a touchdown, and ran for 17 yards on 2 carries. of course the downside is that he dislocated his finger on a punt return and didn't return to the game. It's unknown as of now if it will cost him any time. On a related note, I don't understand why Boyd was returning punts in a 28-0 game over a team that clearly wasn't coming back. Kevin Weatherspoon fumbled a punt previously, but I'd rather him fumble again, or put in Ronald Jones, then to risk Boyd's injury in a meaningless situation.
3. Chad Voytik wasn't called on to do much but he was poised and productive when called upon. The redshirt sophomore ended up going 12-15 for 92 yards, 2 TDs, and no interceptions. he also ran twice for 10 yards.
4. The offensive line looked excellent and Jaryd Jones-Smith saw time at LT throughout the game. That may be something to keep an eye on as the games started getting more serious.
5. Chris James is very impressive. He's very short, which is good for a running back, and he's so quick darting through the hole that he seems to teleport from one spot on the field to the next. For the game he had 14 carries for 78 yards, and 2 TDs.
6. Rachid Ibrahim was his usual slippery self and contributed 92 yards on 14 carries.
7. I didn't agree with Paul Chryst putting in backup QB Trey Anderson in at his own 1-yard line with the game still 21-0. A fumbled snap or bad handful there and all of a sudden it's 21-7. So what happens? Pitt went on a 99-yard drive without throwing a pass.
8. The defense was excellent. Delaware has a couple of NFL prospects so they're not exactly duds, but the Panthers gave them no room to breathe at all.
9. The Panthers defense held the Blue Hens to 40 yards rushing on 32 carries, and 71 total yards.
10. The Panthers rushed for 407 yards and had 506 total yards.
11. Pitt's defense was notably more aggressive and had 3 interceptions (Thomas, Webb, Galambos)
12. This was Pitt's first shutout since 2005.