1. It wasn't pretty but the Panthers are 6-1 on the season, and 4-0 in the ACC. And maybe even more amazing is that 5 of those 7 were on the road, and 3 of the 4 ACC games were on the road.
2. Nathan Peterman continues to be efficient, and made his usual gutsy, accurate throws. For the game he was 19-25 for 189 yards. He didn't throw a TD but he also didn't thrown an interception. Since he took over full-time at Iowa he has not thrown an interception. That's been 4 and a half games.
3. Qadree Ollison does one thing good, and that's running hard and straight. He did it for 103 yards on 22 carries. He also had 2 TDs. Chris James also played well running for 31 yards on 7 carries.
4. Tyler Boyd had 12 catches for 93 yards, plus ran 6 more times for 34 yards. He also fumbled on a kickoff, and it was his fumbling that led him to lose the punt return job to Avonte Maddox in this game. Maddox didn't have any good returns, but at least he was very sure handed.
5. Dontez Ford was going up against his former team, and he played well with 4 catches for 78 yards. He is plenty good enough to be a No. 2 WR. They just have to throw it to him.
6. The play calling was frustrating at times mainly because of not throwing the ball down the field much, and because of the constant use of sweeps. Peterman has shown he can throw down the field so I have no idea why they don't do it more. The offensive line was struggling some in pass protection, but you still have to go down field sometimes. And Ollison runs best up the middle, but for some reason Jim Chaney kept calling for sweeps.
7. The defense was not great, especially in the first half, but they did enough to win and even came up with two interceptions (Matt Galambos and Lafayette Pitts). It helped that Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey was probably concussed and shouldn't have been in the game.
8. The last drive was a thing of beauty and it's what winning teams do to win. Taking the ball at their own 5 with 9:20 to go, the Panthers did whatever they had to do to get down the field, and things couldn't have worked out better. A gutsy, perfect fake punt continued the drive at midfield, and the Panthers took every second of the 9:20 to win the game on a Chris Blewitt 25-yard FG.