Todd Graham is known for his fast paced, high octane offensive attack. "Tempo, tempo, tempo."
Well, at times this season, the offense hasn't been as effective as Graham and his staff would like, so on Saturday they made a concentrated effort to slow things down against Louisville, and the results are hard to ignore.
Saturday, the Panthers beat the Cardinals 21-14 in one of their most efficient offensive outings of the season. In the first half, quarterback Tino Sunseri went 8-11, with his only incompletions coming on a dropped pass, and two decisions to throw the ball away under pressure. Sunseri finished 16-22 for 196 yards and the offense rushed for 200 yards.
Perhaps more importantly, the Panthers committed zero penalties on the day (they average 5.3 penalties for almost 50 yards per game).
Good coaches make the necessary adjustments.
The Panthers improved to (5-5, 3-2) on the season and will hope to become bowl eligible as they finish up with West Virginia (7-3, 3-2), and Syracuse (5-5, 1-4).
In the video below Graham describes his decision to slow things down.