Dec. 5, 2011
PITTSBURGH—Pitt senior outside linebacker Brandon Lindsey has been named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Panthers’ 33-20 victory over Syracuse this past Saturday.
Lindsey (Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa) had a direct hand in three Syracuse turnovers that led to 13 points, including the game-clinching score. With under three minutes remaining and Pitt protecting a 26-20 lead, Lindsey sacked Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib, forcing a fumble that was grabbed out of the air by cornerback Antwuan Reed and returned 20 yards for the clinching touchdown.
Lindsey also had a first-quarter interception and forced a fumble in the third quarter that Pitt recovered. Both of those fumbles led to Pitt field goals. On the day he totaled six tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles, an interception and three QB hurries.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Lindsey has played dual roles for the Pitt defense this year, serving as both a down defensive lineman and outside linebacker. On the season he has 48 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.
With his one sack against Syracuse, Lindsey now has 22.5 for his career, moving him past Rickey Jackson (1977-80) and Ricardo McDonald (1988-91) for ninth all-time on Pitt’s quarterback sack list.
On Sunday, Pitt accepted an invitation to play in the BBVA Compass Bowl. The game, held at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., will be played on January 7, 2012 in front of a national ESPN television audience (1 p.m. ET).
The Panthers (6-6, 4-3 Big East) will face Southern Methodist University (7-5, 5-3 Conference USA). It will be just the sixth meeting ever between the two schools and the second in a bowl game. SMU defeated Pitt in the 1983 Cotton Bowl, 7-3. The all-time series is tied, 2-2-1.
For tickets and travel package information, call the Panthers Ticket Office at (800) 643-PITT. The ticket office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets and travel packages can also be purchased online through Altour, the Official Travel Provider for Pitt Alumni and Fan Travel. Contact Altour for your customized travel package http://www.alumni.pitt.edu/event/2011bowl/. Go to "Bowl Central" at www.PittsburghPanthers.com for additional information.
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