Question 1: Can the Irish put pressure on Tino Sunseri and force him out of the pocket?
The Irish did a solid job posting two sacks on Sunseri and having him run seven times for a total of nine yards. He did score a touchdown running (4-yards), but was hurried four times by the Irish threw a pick and never really settled into a groove.
Question 2: Can the Irish keep the Panthers running attack in check?
The Panthers only gained 107 yards on 21 carries on the day with neither Dion Lewis nor Ray Graham getting in the end zone. Take away the one long run (30 yards) by Lewis and the Irish held the Panthers tandem for 77 yards.
Question 3: Will the Irish find their groove in the passing game?
At one point in the game, it looked like all things were going to click as Crist started hitting pass after pass. However, there were still times when things just did not look good. Things continue to improve but must reach another level for this offense to reach the level expected.
Question 4: Can the Irish offensive line keep the Panthers off Dayne Crist?
No, the Irish gave up three sacks and also saw the Panthers hurry Crist two more times. Because of injury, there was a change up front, but the Irish cannot continue to allow Crist to be hit as many times as they have. The three sacks equaled totals from the Purdue and Stanford games.
Question 5: Can the Irish put four quarters of football together in this game?
While the Irish scored in each quarter, they did not play solid football for all four quarters against the Panthers. Missed chances kept Pittsburgh in the game when the score should have been a bigger margin.