For the first time since 2010 under former head coach Dave Wannstedt, The Pittsburgh Panthers have finished with a winning record. The Panthers won The Little Casears Bowl last night over MAC Champions Bowling Green 30-27. Pittsburgh fought through adversity with their first string quarterback being knocked out before halftime, talented receiver Devin Street not available, and only SIX offensive lineman making the trip. The second year under head coach Paul Chryst shows that there is a bright future for The Pittsburgh Panthers. Besides the loss to number one Florida State, there was no other team that beat Pitt by more than two touchdowns. Panther nation has to be excited to know their team is finally competitive in every game so far. The future is bright so go ahead and take a look from the notes I have made below.
- James Conner a Freshman running back broke Tony Dorsett’s bowl game record for most rushing yards. His record was in 1977 in the Sugar Bowl with 202 yards. Conner exploded past that record rushing for 229 yards, and not to mention he lined up at defensive end also last night.
- All of Pittsburgh’s 30 points came from Freshman! Including receiver Tyler Boyd who led Pitt in receiving yards all year and had a punt return for a touchdown last night!
- Freshman quarterback Chad Voytik only threw 2 passes coming into the bowl game. He threw for two touchdown passes, and had 132 total yards in a half of play. Also WOW what a deep ball!