It's been a disappointing year. And as I mentioned in the post-game write-up at SB Nation Pittsburgh, not just as a team, but individually for some players like Dion Lewis. Lewis entered the season with a lot of hype, but had only three 100-yard games this season. Even though Pitt's BCS hopes have been officially squashed with a WVU loss, it was nice to see Lewis bounce back in a big way in the regular season finale as Pitt won, 28-10.
Lewis had the best game of his career with 261 yards and four touchdowns as Pitt ran all over Cincinnati. His day was highlighted by a huge 76-yard TD run. Both offenses, in fact, consisted mostly of running the ball in a pretty steady snow throughout the game and the Panthers had a hard time keeping Cincinnati in check on the ground as they rushed for more than 150 yards.
But as much as the ground games were successful in the snow, both passing offenses had a similarly tough time passing the ball. The teams combined for only about 270 yards passing and while Tino Sunseri wasn't great (14/23 for 158 yards and an interception), he was far better than Zach Collaros who was 12/24 for only 109 yards and three interceptions.
Surprisingly, Pitt had only one fumble in a snowy game with horrible conditions compared to six in the West Virginia game, where the weather and field conditions were fine. What does it mean? Who knows - maybe just bad luck. But Pitt managed to play its worst game in the biggest one of the year, so I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions.
There's still, obviously, a bowl game to come after all this. But I'm probably more interested to see what happens with Dion Lewis and Jon Baldwin. Will they leave or stay? Neither put up particularly great numbers this season, even though both have NFL skills. I'll probably be getting more into this later on.
So what's next for Pitt? Paul Zeise of the Post-Gazette says it's probably either the BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham) or the Beef O'Brady's Bowl (St. Petersburg). Pitt will probably not travel well to either game, but at least their warm weather destinations.
I know, I'm reaching.