Two games, two very impressive wins. Some thoughts:
1. James Conner. What more can you say? He had 36 carries for 214 yards and a touchdown. He is looking like a legitimate Heisman candidate after two games. But I am worried that he ran 36 games against Boston College. It's a long season and there will be games where he's needed even more.
2. Chad Voytik was shaky at first, despite one nice long run in the first quarter. But after two poor passes in a row in the second quarter, including an interception, he was better. Many inexperienced players like him could fold in that situation but he actually was better. He still has along way to go and must get a lot better if Pitt is going to have a truly special season, but as he gets more confidence he could reach higher levels. On the game he was 10-20 for 111, 2 TDs, and an interception. He also ran for 47 yards on 6 carries.
3. Tyler Boyd is going to be hampered somewhat this season because of Voytik but he still makes it count when he gets the ball. He came down with 5 catches for 72 yards, and 2 TDs. He also had 2 rushes for 23 yards.
4. The offensive line was a bit shaky at first, and still isn't great in pass protection, but in the run game they have been outstanding. Injuries to Artie Rowell and T.J. Clemmings are worrisome, though, because the reserves are inexperienced.
5. Chris James had 5 carries for 20 yards, and he had one particularly nice 3-yard run on a 3rd and 3.
6. The defense was excellent for the most part, especially the linebackers. Matt Galambos, Todd Thomas, and Anthony Gonzalez all played very well, especially Thomas. The line was also very good both against the run and in the pass rush, though Pitt's best pass rush came on the blitz. Nicholas Grigsby can really get into the backfield in a hurry.
7. Three of the defensive backs may be solid in Ray Vinopal, Terrish Webb, and Reggie Mitchell, but Lafayette Pitts continues to struggle. Vinopal and Webb had the two interceptions while the ball rarely went Mitchell's way.
8. Chris Blewitt may be an all-star placekicker. The program hasn't had great kickers over the years, but Blewitt may be one. He was 3-3 on FGs, with all of them over 40 yards.
9. Ryan Winslow also looks like a pretty decent punter thus far, unlike last year when the ball was kicked 70 yards or 20 yards.
10. Paul Chryst couldn't be happy with the effort at the end of the game. Young teams need to learn to win by closing out a game. They did that, but then got lazy in the last few minutes.
11. The Panthers ran for 303 yards and they may just be the top rushing team in the country at the end of the weekend.
12. Pitt had 414 yards to Boston College's 276, but to be honest a lot of the Eagles' yards came after the game was over. And a lot more of it came on a long run early in the game. Other than that Pitt's defense was stifling. It helped that Tyler Murphy is a terrible passing quarterback.