Kevan Barlow Named Big East Player of the Week
PITTSBURGH - University of Pittsburgh senior running back Kevan Barlow has been named the Big East Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for his dominating performance in the Panthers' 38-28 victory over West Virginia, Nov. 24.
Barlow (Pittsburgh, Pa./Peabody) rushed for a career-high 272 yards and four touchdowns versus the Mountaineers. He averaged an incredible 8.2 yards on 33 carries and his TDs covered 56, 2, 30 and 24 yards. Barlow's rushing total was the second highest in Pittsburgh history, trailing only the legendary Tony Dorsett's 303 yards versus Notre Dame in 1975. It was also the second-best performance in Big East history, behind Edgerrin James' (Miami) 299 yards versus UCLA in 1998.
Barlow's 272 yards were, however, the most ever against West Virginia. The previous high was 216 achieved by Syracuse's Larry Csonka in 1965.
With his performance, Barlow finished the regular season with 1,053 yards rushing on 197 attempts (5.3 avg.). He is just the ninth player in Pittsburgh history to rush for 1,000 yards and the first since Billy West (1,358) accomplished the feat in 1994.
With a 7-4 mark, Pittsburgh achieved its most successful season since 1989. The Panthers are bowl eligible for the first time since 1997.
Pittsburgh now has 10 Big East Player of the Week awards this season. In addition to Barlow, the Panthers' other honorees include receiver Antonio Bryant (Sept. 11, Oct. 23 and Nov. 6), quarterback John Turman (Oct. 23), quarterback/kick returner Rod Rutherford (Sept. 25), linebacker Gerald Hayes (Sept. 25), defensive end Bryan Knight (Sept. 11 and Sept. 18) and placekicker Nick Lotz (Sept. 4).
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