Pitt absolutely obliterated Delaware 62-0 in its season opener earlier today, rolling up 409 yards on the ground and generally making the Blue Hens look vastly, vastly inferior. Here's a link to my quick gamer from the PG website, and here are a few thoughts from the day...
"409? Yeah, that's good."
The above quote is Pitt center Artie Rowell after I told him Pitt's rushing total from the day. This is probably the most Chryst-ian Pitt has looked since Paul Chryst arrived here in 2012. They never let up, pounding the ball 56 times. Chad Voytik didn't do a whole lot, but that's because he really didn't have to. Pitt's offensive line was opening up holes and the running backs were consistently getting yards up the middle. Obviously, you have to mention the caveat of the competition, but if Pitt plays at this level all season, it's going to be a pretty satisfying offense to watch.
Tyler Boyd put a scare into Pitt fans
Boyd's injury isn't serious, and I have a hunch that if the game was closer when he got hurt, he might have been able to come back in. Chryst said he should be ready to go next week against Boston College.
But, Pitt fans, remember what you felt like when you saw Boyd coming off the field with an injury. He's far-and-away the Panthers' most important player this season and an injury to him could significantly derail the offense this season. Boyd showed what a special talent he is early in the game Saturday with his punt returns and touchdown grab, but Pitt's offense (even after today's performance) isn't really at a place where they can sustain a serious injury to Boyd.
Next week, it gets real
This was great, but every analysis of this game has to include a mention of the level of competition. Delaware is a solid, not great, FCS team. This was basically the best possible result Pitt could've hoped for today, but it's also hard to draw too much from a game against such an overmatched opponent.
That said, it's not time to start printing up "ACC Champion" t-shirts yet (or even booking tickets to Charlotte). Pitt will open ACC play against Boston College next week on Friday night, and if the Panthers run the ball with the same authority (and play defense as well) as they did today, then I'll start to buy Pitt as potentially a pretty good team.