Pitt football recruiting target Damar Hamlin was there and even ventured into the Oakland Zoo to mingle in the second half. So that was good.
I’ll leave it to the players and coach to sum it up.
Panthers forward Jamel Artis said containing Barber was tough, but he explained that the larger issue was how the Wolfpack pushed them around and did whatever they wanted inside.
“They were tougher than us,” Artis said.
“They hit us first from the start of the first five or six minutes, and it is tough to come back from 25 points. We let ourselves down, we gave the game up. This was a lack of toughness. This is a sad loss.”
“We got what we deserved,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “Disappointing, bad loss for us.”
By the time the Panthers recovered and fought back, it was too late.
“We didn’t do anything well,” Dixon said.