I really hate doing things like these, so I offer it with the following precursor: Things are bound to have been left off this list. Some intentionally because there simply wasn't enough room and maybe a few unintentionally that I simply forgot about.
Also, some of these are games and not necessarily individual 'moments'. That's just the way it is, though, boys and girls.
Irregardless of all of that, over the next ten days, I'll be bringing you the top ten football moments of 2013 as I see them.
No. 9 - Isaac Bennett's big game against Old Dominion
This almost didn't make my list, I'm sad to say. In terms of pure yardage, it certainly deserves to be here, but there were other performances against bigger teams that probably were more significant. At the end of the day, though, I simply couldn't leave it off.
Isaac Bennett had a whopping 240 yards against Old Dominion, a team in transition to D-I/FBS football. The team isn't a great one, but consider that Pitt only won it by 11 points, 35-24. In case you forgot, the Panthers were actually behind 10-0 in this game and Bennett's spark is what led them to a comeback. That was really what led me to include it as things could have turned out a lot differently if Bennett didn't play.
Bennett not only averaged a gaudy eight yards per rush, but had three of Pitt's five touchdowns.
ODU wasn't the strongest opponent, but also consider that Rachid Ibrahim, the backup in that game since James Conner didn't play, didn't get much going (six carries for only 17 yards). Bennett's big game helped pull Pitt out of what could have been an embarrassing loss.