Syracuse was blown out 59-3 last week to perhaps the best team in the country in Florida State. In the secondary, Darius Kelly saw what everyone else saw watching from afar. A talented team with unmatched speed.
"We just saw a bunch of guys that knew what they were doing," Kelly said. "They knew what they were trying to accomplish. It was a great experience going up against those guys with that type of speed. Guys who just really, really knew what they wanted to get done.
"I think it was a great experience, man. It was fun. It didn't go well, but it was fun to go up against the best. It was a great experience for us."
Despite the loss, the Orange can learn from what they experienced at Doak Campbell Stadium last weekend.
"We know what we've got to get done," Kelly said. "We know the speed of everything. I don't think we're going to see speed like that in the games to come. We didn't see that kind of speed and that burst and that kind of perfection before then. It'll be good for us.
"That's definitely where we want to be. We know it's going to take us a little while. That's where we want to be. We're not too, too far off. But we know it'll take us a couple of years before we can match that."
The focus shifts to Pittsburgh this week. Kelly has been impressed with what he's seen from the Panther offense.
"Pitt is a really good team," Kelly said. "They're balanced. They like to run the ball and they like to pass the game. They have some good backs and really good receivers. They're a real balanced team and we have to bring it on Saturday."
"They're playmaking ability with the ball," Kelly said. "They both have good hands. They don't drop passes and they have good speed. It's going to be a really big challenge for us."
When Syracuse has had poor performances earlier this season, they have bounced back. After being blown out by Northwestern, they responded with two straight home wins. After losing to Clemson, they won on the road against N.C. State. Finally, after a disappointing performance against Georgia Tech, the Orange rattled off two straight wins. They are looking to answer the call again this Saturday.
"We have to not change what we do," Kelly said. "We'll just keeping working hard to get back to how we play. Just keep working hard. We're hungry. We want to go bowling. That's what we're hungry for. We really want it and we're going to go get it this week."