Top Talent: RB Jerome Smith – Smith paced the Syracuse ground attack that was the only way the Orange could move the ball consistently. He finished with 88-yards and one touchdown. It was a strong bounce back performance after he finished with just one yard the previous week.
Middle Man: WR Alvin Cornelius – With two receivers out with an injury, Cornelius was called upon to fill the void. He stepped up with a team leading 53-receiving yards. That included a 42-yard diving touchdown reception that gave Syracuse a third quarter lead.
Bottom Feeder: WR Ashton Broyld – Broyld had OK numbers with three catches for 27-yards, but he gave up on a ball that ended up in an interception by Terrel Hunt. It may have been a poor pass and Hunt stared him down, but Broyld has to try to make a play on the ball. Combine that with Broyld failing to get open down the field consistently and it was a subpar performance overall.
Honorable Mention: The Offensive Line - Terrel Hunt was pressured all day, as the offensive line failed to protect against the Pitt defensive line. Aaron Donald was especially disruptive, getting into the Syracuse backfield routinely.
Top Talent: LB Cam Lynch – Lynch finished with two sacks and three tackles for loss on his way to 11 total tackles. Lynch was honored with ACC linebacker of the week for his performance. He blitzed to perfection and drilled Pitt quarterback Tom Savage over and over.
Middle Man: S Durell Eskridge – Eskridge was all over the field, finished with 12 tackles (one for a loss) and a forced fumble. He nearly added an interception to his stat line, but he stumbled as he was breaking on the ball.
Bottom Feeder: Third Down Defense - The Syracuse defense was very solid on Saturday, keeping the Orange in the game. However, they failed on two third and longs that led to 10 Pittsburgh points.
Top Talent: Lewellyn Coker – Coker was solid on kick coverage, laying a couple of big hits in the process. On a day where the Syracuse special teams struggled, he stood out as a strong performer.
Middle Man: P Riley Dixon – Dixon had a couple of nice punts, but also had some perplexing short ones. He failed to help flip field position on a number of occasions.
Bottom Feeder: K Ryan Norton – In a one point loss, Norton had an extra point blocked and missed a 41-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. It was a poor performance by the Orange kicker.