Are there still reasons to angst? Oh, hell yeah.
Do I care for at least a day?
No. No, I do not. Tonight and tomorrow, I’m going positive.
I don’t care if it was “only” a MAC team in Detroit that Pitt just beat. I don’t care if it was “only” a minor bowl game. It was a win.
Pitt was undermanned on its offensive line as it was for most of the second half of the season. Pitt lost its starting QB for the entire second half. Devin Street couldn’t go. Pitt had an officiating crew that did its best not to call penalties that might have gone Pitt’s way for most of the game (two offensive linemen blatantly tackling Aaron Donald and no call?).
There were the key breakdowns in special teams and defense that we have come to expect. The offensive line couldn’t pass protect — per usual.
Yet, Pitt came away with the win.
James Connor did everything he could to carry Pitt to a victory. Chad Voytik got through the shakes to show why he will be the starting QB. Tyler Boyd is Tyler Boyd.
Pitt was a 7 point underdog by kickoff. Still, the Panthers came away with a win and it didn’t have to happen in Birmingham.
There’s 7 weeks of angst for signing day. Plenty to worry over for the team up to and through spring practices. But, I’m going to enjoy this for a little while.