Nov. 26, 2012
PITTSBURGH--Pitt senior quarterback Tino Sunseri has been named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Panthers' 27-6 victory over No. 19 Rutgers this past weekend.
Facing a Scarlet Knight defense that ranked among the top 15 units in the country, Sunseri (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic) threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns on 21-of-39 passing. He did not throw an interception for the eighth game in a row.
Perhaps his most impressive moment against Rutgers was a pivotal scoring drive late in the second quarter. Sunseri moved Pitt 55 yards in just 1:12, capping the march with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Ed Tinker with seven seconds left. The score put Pitt up 21-0 at intermission.
Sunseri has now thrown 245 consecutive passes without an interception, the longest active streak in the country. On the year he has completed 221-of-336 passes (66%) for 2,892 yards with 18 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Sunseri ranks second in the Big East and 20th nationally in pass efficiency with a strong 154.56 rating.
On the verge of concluding his third year as Pitt's starting quarterback, Sunseri ranks fourth all-time at Pitt in career passing yards (8,194) and total offense (8,252).
This is Sunseri's second Big East Player of the Week award this season and the third of his career. He previously was honored for his Virginia Tech performance on Sept. 15 (283 yards and three TDs in a 35-17 victory) and last year for his 419-yard passing effort in a 35-20 win over Connecticut.
With a 5-6 overall record, Pitt will be shooting for bowl eligibility when it plays at USF this Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN2.
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