About midway through the first quarter, an ACC network cut to a University of Pittsburgh tailgater unceremoniously dropping a pan full of delicious-looking barbecue onto the ground just as it was being taken off the grill. If that isn’t a metaphor for the entire evening, I don’t know what is.
Still, It was just one game, and it’s not like Pitt was a complete and utter train wreck. There were positives. Penalties for example. I counted only one pre-snap penalty for Pitt. On both sides of the ball. That speaks to discipline. I counted only one holding call. That was surprising given that we were starting four brand new offensive linemen.
The defense played well. A couple of early PI calls were cleaned up. Paris Ford was outstanding. As was Kylan Johnson. Keyshon Camp was very good (hopefully he’s not hurt badly). The Star linebacker position made plays. Elias Reynolds looks like he’s a step more explosive. Damarri Mathis, after getting turned around on one play early played an excellent second half. For the most part the tackling was solid. Continue reading “MMQB – Virginia”