The Carolina locker room was a quiet place after Pittsburgh had whipped the Panthers, 37-19, on Sunday night.
Carolina safety Thomas DeCoud said the Panthers needed to bring their "A" game to beat Pittsburgh, but instead had brought their "D-plus" or "C-minus" game.
Panther quarterback Cam Newton said the team had had some lackadaisical moments in practice last week, but players had promised each other that "we'll get it, we'll get it" when the games began.
Panther coach Ron Rivera said he pulled Newton out of the game late in the fourth quarter because "I just didn't want to see him get hit anymore."
There were lots of problems Sunday night -- for awhile, it looked like Pittsburgh was East Carolina and the Panthers were UNC. But here are five of the biggest issues for the Panthers, by the numbers:
2 -- turnovers for Carolina, after having zero the first two games. Both Panther lost fumbles led to scores, with Philly Brown's punt-return fumble into the end zone the most egregious. "Basically I was trying to do too much at the time," Brown said. "I could have just done the smart play and fell on it."
3 -- Pittsburgh rushed that many players on a lot of Carolina's pass attempts -- and still got heavy pressure. That's almost unfathomable.
10 -- Panthers' rushing attempts. Total! This is a team that prides itself on trying to run the ball, and this was a game that was still 9-3 early in the third quarter before it started getting out of hand. Carolina had to throw late, of course, but 10 carries (for 42 yards) isn't going to cut it. Of course, most of the Panther running backs were hurt by the end of the game, and that didn't help, either. Panther offensive tackle Byron Bell said that running the ball was all about "attitude" after the game, and that Carolina needed a better one.
105 -- Panthers' total penalty yardage. Carolina had some huge penalties in this game, including a defensive offsides that allowed Pittsburgh to turn a field goal into a touchdown and a 42-yard pass interference penalty on DeCoud.
264 -- Pittsburgh's total rush yardage Sunday, including two 100-yard rushers. The Panthers tackled poorly and often seemed to overrun their gaps, trying to make plays that just weren't there.