Pitt's win over Syracuse this weekend, in reality, did little more than assure the team can play well and is still alive for the conference championship. That's not to say Syracuse isn't a good team - rather, to merely point out that it was only the first game in a long conference season.
Still, there wasn't much to dislike about this win. Any time you blow out a conference opponent on the road is cause for at least some celebration.
For starters, QB Tino Sunseri threw four touchdown passes (to four different receivers, by the way) and has now played three good games after that Miami debacle. He's completed 69% of his passes, thrown for more than 700 yards, and six touchdowns to only one interception over that span. On the season, he's thrown nine touchdowns to only three interceptions, good for a 3:1 TD/INT ratio. I wrote this yesterday, but all of the silly talk about Sunseri being benched should officially have stopped after yesterday's game. Sunseri is good enough and capable enough to lead this team the rest of the season.
Even though Pitt is known for its running game, it showed yesterday that it can move the ball through the air as well:
"I thought all of our players and coaches did a great job of bouncing right back after a very tough loss last week," Wannstedt said. "Today started a new season for us, that was sort of the theme. And from start to finish, Tino Sunseri maintained a consistency that he hadn't had before.